Learn about the DNR's COVID-19 response and how the current health emergency is impacting DNR facilities, services and events.

Vault Toilets, Shelters, and Campgrounds are Closed - Trails are still open
In accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and social distancing protocol contained in Governor Reynold's Supplemental Proclamation dated April 27, 2020, the vault toilets and shelters are closed for the health and safety of park users at most OHV parks. The campgrounds at Bluff Creek and Tama are also closed. Please continue to use the parks and trails using social distancing when riding the trails and spending time in the designated parking areas. These closures will remain in place until we can meet requirements. Please be sure to thank the clubs at the parks for all they are doing to keep the parks open for your use.

Ready to ride?

Resident machines must display a valid, current Iowa DNR registration decal and the registration certificate must be on the operator or machine.

Nonresident machines must display a valid Iowa DNR nonresident user permit on the machine. If the home state requires registration, this must also be displayed on the machine.

ATV riders in the state of Iowa  (resident as well as nonresident) who are ages 12 through 17 are required to have taken, and passed, an ATV education course and have an education certificate in their possession when riding on public land, public ice, and designated ATV trails, if these areas are signed open to ATV use. 

ATV Education Courses

Additional OHV Information
+ OHV Registration and Renewal
+ Operator Incident Report
+ Special Events Calendar
+ Special Events Permitting
+ ATV Trail Grant Program
+ Annual Report
+ OHV Registration Numbers by County
Rules and Regulations
OHV Reference Guide
OHV Park Rules

City and County Ordinances

Questions regarding the on-road OHV use (authorized under a city or county ordinance) should be directed to the local authorizing jurisdiction.

Economic Impact of OHV Recreation in Iowa

The Iowa Off-highway Vehicle Association (IOHVA) will be conducting an updated economic impact study of OHV recreation in Iowa. The last study was completed in 2007. 

A total of 1,500 surveys will be sent to registered owners of OHVs, with a breakdown of 500 for all-terrain vehicle owners, 500 for off-road motorcycle owners, and 500 for off-road utility vehicle (side-by-sides) owners.

This information will be valuable for showing where OHV money is invested in counties driving economic development, useful information for informed legislative decisions, and details needed when applying for grants for the OHV Program.

This survey is being completed by the IOHVA. For more information or if you have questions, please contact Justin Rath, President, at rath_justin@yahoo.com

OHV parks are open year round. Alerts are only posted when limited use or closure is required.

Search for Park: Sort Reverse
Bluff Creek OHV Park - Mahaska County
  • Park Status: Corona Virus-related Information
  • Reason:Campground is closed to use during Corona virus outbreak for the safety of park users.
  • Details: Shower building is also closed.
  • Posted: 5/14/2020 9:34:48 AM
Nicholson-Ford OHV Park - Marshall County
  • Park Status: PARK CLOSED
  • Reason:Flooding
  • Details:
  • Posted: 5/30/2020 9:58:20 AM
River Valley OHV Park - Pottawattamie County
  • Park Status: PARK CLOSED
  • Reason:Major construction project
  • Details: The OHV park will remain closed until further notice, and at a minimum all of calendar year 2020. Following the fire, several flooding events have occurred which delayed addressing the hazards. Cleanup work can only take place between November and March due to the Indiana Bat being present in the area. This, coupled with the weather conditions, has created a challenge for the DNR to find a time for potential contractors to evaluate the area on-site in safe conditions and form a plan of removal of the debris. The park has signage posted and all use of the park is restricted. Any violators will be charged with trespassing.
  • Posted: 1/24/2020 8:48:08 AM
Tama County OHV Park - Tama County
  • Park Status: Corona Virus-related Information
  • Reason:Campground is closed to use during Corona virus outbreak for the safety of park users.
  • Details:
  • Posted: 4/10/2020 2:47:50 PM
Iowa's OHV Parks
ATV and Off-road Motorcycle Use:

Bluff Creek OHV Park
Mahaska Co, SW of Oskaloosa 

ATV, ORM and ORV Use:

Gypsum City OHV Park
Webster Co., SE of Fort Dodge

Lakeview OHV Park
Johnson Co., N of Iowa City

Rathbun OHV Park
Appanoose County
SW arm of Lake Rathbun, IA

River Valley OHV Park
Pottawattamie Co
Along MO River, Council Bluffs 

Riverview OHV Park
Black Hawk Co., Waterloo, IA

Tama County OHV Park
Tama Co., S of Tama, Hwy 63