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State park campgrounds getting ready for winter

  • 10/16/2018 12:40:00 PM
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Another busy camping year in Iowa state parks is coming to an end and staff are preparing for the first freezing temperatures of the fall.

State parks began winterizing their facilities in the past week, including shutting off water in the campgrounds and closing shower houses.

Campers can check the status of water availability in a particular park by going to The page is updated regularly by park staff.

If campers have any questions about water or other facilities during the time of their stay, they should contact the park directly.

 “We have a number of fall campers who visit parks after the water is off and they use the RV dump facilities at Iowa rest areas,” said Todd Coffelt, chief of State Parks for the Iowa DNR. A list of rest areas with RV facilities is available at

Iowa state park campgrounds are open all year long. While water may be shut off, visitors are encouraged to continue camping and enjoying park amenities. Additionally, several parks have year-round cabins for overnight stays. To learn more and to make a reservation, visit: