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Please note new changes to parks operations during the COVID-19 health emergency.
In accordance with state recommendations pertaining to COVID-19, we want to share with you important information about Iowa state parks.
State Parks, Forests and Preserves visitors are reminded to strictly abide to the social distancing rules and not gather in groups. Remember to stay home if you feel sick, wash your hands regularly, avoid touching your face, and bring supplies from home including disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer and other hygiene products.
Park Facility Changes (Updated 4/27/2021):
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Thank you for your patience and flexibility. We appreciate your support of Iowa state parks as we all work together to keep each other safe.
Ready for a state park road trip? Sign up for the 2021 Iowa State Park Passport, your ticket to earning prizes and exploring the outdoors! Make it a family-friendly challenge to visit parks across the state and track your progress with this personalized passport. It's free to sign up.
In 2021, AARP Iowa is sponsoring several new prizes, including t-shirts, fit bits, camping gear and more!
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Please Note: If you participated in 2020, you'll want to sign up again to start new in 2021.
Experience Iowa's natural beauty and all the fun our state parks offer as you make memories with family and friends. With an array of activities for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, there's something for everyone whether you're visiting for an afternoon or a week!
Iowa State Parks TrailsA web based application has been developed to identify and map trails maintained in Iowa state parks. Utilizing this application on a mobile device will allow for navigation. By selecting each section of trail users can identify trail name, acceptable trail use and distance. The application utilizes the device's gps system and mobile data. Data service can be a limiting factor for this application.
New 2021 Camping & Cabin RatesStarting February 1, 2021, Iowa state parks have a new pricing structure for campsites and cabins. Rates for each campground fall into a four-tier system depending on park visitation levels and amenities. The new system will encourage camping at lower-use parks, provide additional operations funding at higher-use parks, and create opportunities for specials and promotional savings to visitors throughout the year.
To assist electric vehicle drivers in planning their visit to Iowa state parks, this interactive map illustrates the location of existing public EV charging stations compared to Iowa state parks, recreation areas, and forests. Additionally, the map shows the concentration of registered electric vehicles (EV) throughout Iowa. Data for the map is from the Iowa DOT bureau of Vehicle & Motor Carrier Services, the Alternative Fuels Data Center, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Make your online reservation for state park cabins, campsites, shelters and lodges:
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State Parks Bureau
Wallace State Office Building
Des Moines, Iowa
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People wishing to swim outside the designated swimming beach areas at Iowa state parks, for example to train for a triathlon, must obtain special permission by completing a registration form and communicating with local park staff.
For information and guidelines:Swimming Registration Form