State Park Alerts - Closures and Important Information
Backbone State Park - Delaware County
  • Cabin Closure: All 16 cabins at Backbone State Park are in need of exterior restoration. The cabins will be closed from November 11 - May 31, 2020 and July 10 - October 31 2020. The restoration techniques required, which include large equipment and potentially hazardous materials, will not allow people to be in the cabins until the work is completed. If the project is finished early, the cabins will be re-opened for reservations. (Updated July 26, 2019)
Brushy Creek State Recreation Area - Webster County
  • MULTI-USE TRAILS TEMPORARILY CLOSED: Saturday, September 14, 2019: The Multi-Use Trails at Brushy Creek State Recreation Area have been temporarily closed due to wet conditions caused by heavy rains. The 12 mile, all-weather trail remains open during this closure. This posting will be removed when conditions have improved and trails re-open. For questions, please call the park office at 515-543-8298.
Cedar Rock - Buchanan County
  • Road Closure: Visitors approaching Cedar Rock from the south, Cedar Rapids area or I-380 please be advised that a road closure is impacting travel to the park. The local secondary roads department is replacing 3 bridges on W35/Quasqueton Avenue between Walker and 290th Street. The road closure is anticipated to last the length of our tour season. Detour Information: Take I-380 to exit 43 S Independence/Vinton. Turn onto IA-150 N. Turn toward Rowley on 290th Street and head east through town. At the stop sign with W35/Quasqueton Avenue turn north and go through Quasqueton heading left onto Quasqueton Diagonal Blvd at the fork in the road near the cemetery. Cedar Rock State Park is located about 1-mile north of Quasqueton.
Dolliver Memorial State Park - Webster County
  • South Lodge Closure: The South Lodge will be renovated and will be closed during the 2020 recreation season. (Updated March 28, 2019)
George Wyth State Park - Black Hawk County
  • The Cedar Valley Lakes trail in George Wyth from Krieg's Crossing by Pfeiffer park to the triangle east of the George Wyth Lodge will be closed indefinitely due to the washouts and crumbling of the trail from recent flooding and rains.
  • George Wyth State Park campground is open and water is on.
Green Valley State Park - Union County
  • Volunteer Day 2019: Green Valley State Park will be hosting a shoreline cleanup event on National Volunteer Day, September 28th. Volunteers can meet at the check-in building in the campground. The event will last from 9 am to 11 am. Volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves and water. The park will provide the trash bags. Contact the park office at 641-782-5131 or email Green_Valley@dnr.iowa.gov for more information or to sign up. (Posted 09/11/2019)
  • Trick-or-Treat in the Campground: Green Valley State Park will be hosting its first Trick-or-Treat in the Campground on October 19th from 5:30 pm to 7 pm. Campers are encouraged to decorate their campers and campsites and have candy on hand for the trick-or-treaters. The campground will be closed to traffic during this event to ensure a safe, family friendly event. Please call the park office at 641-782-5131 or email Green_Valley@dnr.iowa.gov for more information. (Posted 09/11/2019)
  • Green Valley State Park Annual Park Hunt: Green Valley State Park will be closed for camping and general use of the park and lake beginning 10:30 pm November 15th through 4:00 am November 18th for the 2019 Green Valley State Park Special Antlerless Deer Hunt. Only persons with a Green Valley Special Antlerless Season Deer License will be permitted in Green Valley during this time. Applications for the special hunt can be found on the Green Valley State Park Iowa DNR webpage or by contacting the park directly by phone at 641-782-5131 or email at Green_Valley@dnr.iowa.gov. Applications will be accepted September 1st through October 15th. The hunt is muzzleloader only. Only 25 applicants will be chosen, and must be Iowa residents. Further information can be found on the application or by contacting Green Valley State Park. (Posted 09/11/2019)
Honey Creek State Park - Appanoose County
  • Cabin 1 is closed for maintenance issue until further notice
Lake Macbride State Park - Johnson County
  • Alcohol is prohibited inside the fenced in designated beach area. Alcohol may not be possessed or consumed within the fenced designated beach area. (Updated July 2, 2018)
Lake Wapello State Park - Davis County
  • Shower house is open for the season.
Lewis and Clark State Park - Monona County
  • Campsite Closure: There is currently a closure on campsites 1 - 30 due to very wet conditions. Reservations are being contacted only if the campsites will not be suitable for reservations. (Updated September 11, 2019)
Maquoketa Caves State Park - Jackson County
  • The Caves in the park will be closing October 15th 2019 through April 15th 2020 for Bat Hibernation Period. The trails will remain open, also the modern restrooms will be closing at this time as well.
  • As of 7/8/2019 a small section of the boardwalk along the ridge trail is closed due to tree damage. Please do not enter the closed section of the boardwalk. Everything else is open.
Marble Beach State Recreation Area - Dickinson County
  • Campground Renovation: The campground will be closed from April 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019. The campground will be opened earlier if conditions allow. (UPDATED November 20, 2018)
Pine Lake State Park - Hardin County
  • Off-Season Amenities: Camp area showers and restrooms generally close for the season on the 15th of October, depending on weather, and water from frost free hydrants will remain available in the camp area until mid-November. Electricity in the camp area is available year-round. Restrooms at the beach and river area are closed for the season between October 15th and November 1st. A vault toilet is available for off-season use at the Upper Pine lake Boat Ramp. If you have any questions regarding off-season amenities please call the park office at 641-858-5832. (Posted 09/03/2019)
  • SHELTER AND CAMPGROUND CLOSURE: The circle point picnic shelter and the campground at Pine Lake State Park will be closed beginning April 1, 2020 - October 31, 2020. Please call the park office at (641) 858-5832 with questions. (Updated 8/2/2019)
  • The cabins at Pine Lake State Park will be closed from July 5 to July 25, 2019 for maintenance, and from January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020 for a renovation project. Please contact the park office at (641) 858-5832 with questions. (Updated 6/14/19)
Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area - Linn County
  • Alcohol is prohibited inside the fenced in designated beach area. Alcohol may not be possessed or consumed within the fenced designated beach area.
  • Lodge Closure: The day-use lodge will be unavailable for reservations from July 8, 2019 - October 31, 2019 due to the parking lot and boat ramp being resurfaced and repaired. (Posted 2/14/2019)
Prairie Rose State Park - Shelby County
  • All facilities and hydrants are open for the season.
Viking Lake State Park - Montgomery County
  • The beach will be closed beginning July 18th due to a lake draw down. No Swimming
Volga River State Recreation Area - Fayette County
  • EFFECTIVE, SEPTEMBER 13, 2019 THE EQUESTRIAN TRAILS HAVE BEEN CLOSED DUE TO VERY WET CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH RECENT RAINS. TRAILS WILL REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL TRAILS HAVE A CHANCE TO DRY OUT. THIS BULLETIN WILL BE REMOVED WHEN THE TRAILS HAVE BEEN RE-OPENED.
  • Water will be shut off at the Lakeview and Albany Campgrounds as well as the Lake Restrooms on October 15, 2019. We anticipate turning water back on to these facilities in late April 2020.
  • Water has been turned on to the Lakeview Campground and shower building, the Albany Campground and the boat ramp restrooms. Water will be turned off to the campgrounds and boat ramp restrooms for the off season October 15, 2019.
Wapsipinicon State Park - Jones County
  • (Updated 5-30-19) The lower road along the Wapsipinicon river is now open Until the next round of heavy rains :)
  • Water facilities are turned on and operational. (Posted 4/29/2019)
  • Gates are open at the upside down bridge and the campground.
Waubonsie State Park - Fremont County
  • The Equestrian Trails are currently closed due to wet conditions
  • Due to the town of Hamburg flooding, the modern campground will not be taking reservations in the 2019 recreation season (April - October). However, any open camping sites will be available on a first come first serve basis. Advanced reservations will not be accepted until further notice in the modern campground. The following requirements will be suspended, 1) Limiting campers to no more than 14 consecutive nights 2) Requiring a minimum of 3 nights separating each 2-week stay and 3) Camping fees and transaction fees. (Updated April 25, 2019)
  • 03/25/2019 PARK UNAFFECTED BY FLOODING - ALTERNATE ROUTES MAY BE NECESSARY The March 2019 Flooding of the Missouri River has not affected Waubonsie State Park's grounds or facilities. Please check local road closure information before travelling to the park, as your normal route may be altered. The Waubonsie Campground is currently hosting multiple families that were displaced by the flood. New Reservations for park facilities will not be taken through the month of April, until further notice. If you have any questions, please call or email the park at 712-382-2786 or waubonsie@dnr.iowa.gov.
Wilson Island State Recreation Area - Pottawattamie County
  • Wilson Island is closed due to flooding of the Missouri River in March and June of 2019. This affects all uses of the park including camping, fishing, hiking, mushroom hunting, Missouri river access and biking. A date for reopening has not been set. Damage varies, but considerable silt and debris cover the shelter area and east campground. Please call the park office for additional information. 712-642-2069 Updated 7/3/19
Yellow River State Forest - Allamakee County
  • (POSTED 9/13/2019) The campgrounds and multi-purpose trails are closed due to the recent heavy rains. Hiking trails remain open but there may be hazards. If you have any questions please call the office at 563-586-2254.