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Portions of Yellow River State Forest reopen following September flooding

  • 10/8/2019 11:45:00 AM
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HARPERS FERRY, Iowa – Trails and campground areas at Yellow River State Forest begin reopening following flash flooding in early September.

Little Paint and Big Paint campgrounds are now open, as well as the overnight backpack campsites, hiking trails, and the picnic areas.  Frontier equestrian campground, equestrian trails and equestrian day-use will open on Friday, October 11. Creekside equestrian campground and a segment of the Firetower road will remain closed until further notice. 

Users are urged to use caution while using the trail system and obey all closed areas throughout the forest due to saturation of grounds. For the latest updates and a list of closures, visit