The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is working with state and local officials to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and assist Iowans during this health crisis. Please refer to the resources below for information about how COVID-19 may impact DNR services, facilities and events. Thanks for your patience and flexibility as we work together.
Iowa State Parks, Forests and Preserves
Currently Iowa state parks, forests and preserves are open. Please visit the state park alerts and closure page for information about visiting state parks at this time, and for any temporary seasonal or construction-related closures that may impact your visit.
Wildlife Management Areas
Currently public wildlife management areas are open for hunting and public use. Please be aware of health precautions and the need for physical distancing when visiting a wildlife management area. Please refer to the wildlife management area web page for additional rules along with maps and information to help you plan your visit.
Iowa Fishing and Hunting Regulations
No changes are planned to Iowa's fishing and hunting regulations due to COVID-19. There will not be changes to Iowa seasons, regulations or license prices, which are all set to ensure the long-term sustainability of wildlife populations and the safety of Iowans. For more information, visit the DNR's fishing regulation page or the DNR's hunting regulation page.
Water Quality and You -- Information for Citizens
Iowa's tap water is safe to drink. Additionally, please help protect Iowa's wastewater systems by knowing what not to flush in your toilet.
Regulated Industry and Business
The DNR's Emergency Response team has created a COVID-19 resource tab for business and industry regarding environmental and emergency response issues of COVID-19.
OHV: Vault Toilets, Shelters, and Campgrounds are Closed - Trails are still open
In accordance with mandatory closures contained in Governor Reynolds Public Health Emergency Disaster Proclamation dated April 6, 2020, the vault toilets and shelters are closed for the health and safety of park users. The campgrounds at Bluff Creek OHV Park, Tama OHV Park, and Gypsum City OHV Park 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. This closure will remain in place until the Governor advises differently. We appreciate your patience and participation with these measures.
DNR Events, Facilities and Meetings
Below are DNR events that have been cancelled or postponed. Currently all DNR-sponsored events are postponed until May 15, 2020. Please check this page frequently for the latest closures, postponements and updates.
Iowa Department of Public Health - Covid-19
For the latest COVID-19 information, check the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) section of the Iowa Department of Public Health's website.