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Non-resident user fee pilot project underway at Lake Manawa, Waubonsie state parks

  • 8/27/2019 11:53:00 AM
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Council Bluffs, Iowa - With Labor Day Weekend just a few days away, nonresidents visiting Lake Manawa State Park or Waubonsie State Park are reminded of a new nonresident vehicle fee requirement that began on Aug. 15.

“We hope park users have had an opportunity to visit the parks and become familiar with the daily use fee pay stations,” said Jake Schaben, park ranger at Lake Manawa State Park.

The daily permit fee is $5. Nonresidents can go to one of the five self-registration kiosks at Lake Manawa or three self-registration kiosks at Waubonsie to register and pay for the daily permit. The daily permit is valid for the entire day in which it is purchased.

The daily permit is not required for nonresidents who are registered campers, cabin renters, or who have rented a day-use lodge or shelter. The daily fee is also not required for nonresidents who go to the beach and pay the beach admission at Lake Manawa.

Nonresidents may purchase an annual vehicle permit for $40. The annual permits are available for purchase only through the park office during posted hours. The Lake Manawa office is located at 1100 S. Shore Dr., and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Iowa DNR is working to have the annual permit available for purchase through the online park reservation system in mid-September.

For more information about the nonresident user fee, visit  or call Lake Manawa State Park at 712-366-0220 or Waubonsie State Park at 712-382-2786.