Learn about the DNR's COVID-19 response and how the current health emergency is impacting DNR facilities, services and events.
COVID-19 Response

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.


DNR Events, Facilities and Meetings
Below are some DNR events that are cancelled, postponed or have other modifications. Most DNR events are being held but with some modifications or restrictions. Contact the event organizer to know of any specific changes or restrictions for specific events.  


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.


All DNR offices are closed to the public except by appointment until further notice.

Iowa DNR Customer Service

Iowa DNR Customer Service:
515-725-8200 (phone)
515-725-8202 (fax) 

Para asistencia en español:
515-725-8283

TTY- use relay Iowa:
800-735-2943

Business hours:
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CST
Mon through Fri
(except for state holidays)

Iowa DNR Headquarters
Wallace State Office Building
502 East 9th Street, 4th Floor
Des Moines, IA 50319-0034

Iowa DNR meetings, classes and events cancellation list:

Below are some DNR events that have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Safety of our users, attendees, partners and staff is most important. When possible, events will be rescheduled and that information will be distributed accordingly. Please check this site frequently for the latest closures, postponements and updates.

All DNR offices are closed to the public except by appointment until further notice.


COVID-19 Hunter Education Update, 7/14/2020

We know you are very excited to begin your journey to become an avid hunter in Iowa and we are excited to help you achieve your dream!

Safety is our top priority--for you and for our instructors. We want everyone to be safe and healthy.  Many of our classes and field days are taught by volunteer instructors.  Because they so graciously dedicate several hours of their time volunteering to teach these courses, we are allowing them to decide whether they feel comfortable with the current conditions to hold classes and field days.  We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause, but we thank you for your patience and understanding of this decision as we all work together during these uncertain times with COVID-19.

We have started to repost classes and field days for later this summer and fall as we are able to identify instructors and facilities comfortable with offering these in-person opportunities with COVID-19 precautionary measures in place. To sign up for an in-person Hunter’s Education course you can visit: http://register-ed.com/programs/iowa. If you are 18 and older, you can always take the online version of the Hunter’s Education course by visiting: http://www.hunter-ed.com/iowa/.

Due to the potential cancellations of in-person hunter education courses, and if you are not able to find another course that fits your schedule, we don’t want you to miss out on the upcoming hunting seasons this fall, so here are some recommendations:

  • Anyone ages 15 years and younger are able to participate in hunting activities if accompanied by an adult 18 and older who holds a valid hunting permit.
  • Anyone ages 16 – 17 can purchase an apprentice hunting license to hunt alongside an adult 18 and older who holds a valid hunting permit.
  • Anyone ages 18 and older can complete the required hunter’s safety course online.

Additional Hunter Education Self-Study Resources to check out while you wait for classes or field days to resume:

If you have any questions, please contact: Megan Wisecup, DNR Hunter Education Administrator at Megan.Wisecup@dnr.iowa.gov.

Consistent with Governor Reynolds orders for social distancing and the President's Phased Guidelines for reopening activities, the remainder of the 2020 SCTP and SASP seasons and all State Championship Events scheduled in May and June have been cancelled.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will begin a phased in reopening of the Banner and Olofson shooting ranges with new social distancing protocols customers will need to follow.

Banner Range reopened Aug. 17 with a reduced hours schedule for the next two weeks. Banner Range will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 18, 21, 24, 25 and 28. It will return to normal operations on Aug. 31.

Olofson Range will reopen with a reduced hours schedule for the next two weeks starting Aug. 19. Olofson Range will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28. It will return to normal operations on Sept. 2.

All trout stream stockings will be unannounced due to COVID-19 precautions. Trout stocking frequency, streams stocked with catchable trout and number of trout stocked each week remains the same as 2019.