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Flooding Closes Iowa Parks and Campsites

DES MOINES, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - State parks are also feeling the effects of those storms and flash flooding and that's unwelcome news to campers who were hoping to spend their fourth of july grilling and sleeping under the stars.
Campgrounds, trails and parks across the state have been closed due to flooding.
Some of the larger closed sites in our area are George Wyth State Park, part of the Wapsipinicon State Park, and Rock Creek State Park.
If your camp site is closed, you will be contacted by the department of natural resources in the next couple days.


CLOSED PARKS LIST:

Brushy Creek State Recreation Area - Webster County: As of June 27, 2014 trails are temporarily closed for equestrian and bike use due to wet conditions. The all-weather gravel Lake Trail (12 miles)remains open. This bulletin will be removed when trails are re-opened. The southwest and southeast group of river trails along the Des Moines River are flooded and are likely to remain closed through the 4th of July weekend. This is approximately 1/3 of the total miles in the trail system.

Dolliver Memorial State Park - Webster County: Flood waters over the main road in the park have cut off access to the campground and cabins. Those facilities are closed through the weekend. The north shelter can be accessed if coming in from the north. The South Lodge is open and can be accessed if coming in from the south.

Geode State Park - Henry County: The wastewater system for the campground and beach shelter facilties will be closed and updated with construction in 2014. As a result of this there will be no restroom, shower, or dump station facilities until the project is completed. There will be limited facilties during this time. Water will be available at the campground hydrants for campers, and electrical service at the electrical sites. All campsites will be available on a first come first served basis until project completion in the Spring of 2015. No reservations will be taken for campsites or the beach shelter during this time.

George Wyth State Park - Black Hawk County: George Wyth State Park will be closing June 30, 2014 at 6 pm due to flooding from the Cedar River. At this point the park will be closed through the weekend and could be longer depending on any additional rainfall over the next few days. Many bike trails are under water and could have debris or washouts. Do not drive through flood water on roads or trails.

Lake Darling State Park - Washington County: At this time Lake Darling State Park is closed due to continued construction.

Lake Macbride State Park - Johnson County: Temporary Closures of Beach area parking lot on Weekends and Holidays We limit the amount of vehicles coming into the beach area once the parking lot is full, in order to protect the public and have safe access for emergency vehicles. When the parking is full, people will tend to park along the roadway which inhibits safe traffic flow and can cause problems for the public. During these times, we will close down traffic going to the beach area for a limited time in order to allow for parking spots to open back up by those leaving the area. This can happen from Memorial Weekend thru Labor Day Weekend and as early as 11 am. Signs will be posted at the park entrance to let you know if this is occurring. Consider visiting on weekdays in these busy summer months.

The Lake Macbride Dam road will close starting July 1, 2014 due to flooding at Coralville Lake. There is no access to Coralville Lake boat ramp, Fisheries office or the dam/spillway area. The opening date of the road is unknown at this time.

Ledges State Park - Boone County: The Canyon Drive and Lower Ledges Road are currently closed to vehicle traffic due to flooding from the nearby Des Moines River. Flood waters are expected to crest on July 7th with approximately 20-30 feet of floodwater in some of the low-lying areas. Theres no timetable on when the areas will be open to vehicles again as park staff will have to wait for the water to recede before assessing damages and starting clean-up efforts. These closures DO NOT affect accessibility to the Ledges campground. The campground, shelters, trails, many picnic areas, parking lots, and other roads remain open to visitors. For the most up to date information on closures at Ledges, please call the park office at (515) 432-1852.

Maquoketa Caves State Park - Jackson County: The caves will be open April 15. Visitors to Maquoketa Caves State Park will once again have the opportunity to explore the remarkable cave features of the park. There is a short program that will help to prevent the spread of White Nose Syndrome by humans. Attendance at the program is required for those who plan to enter the caves. The caves will be closed October 15 for the hibernation period. For additional information contact the park office at 563-652-5833.

Mines of Spain State Recreation Area and E. B. Lyons Interpretive Center - Dubuque County: Trails at the Mines of Spain Recreation Area have been impacted by recent rains and flooding. Portions fo the Calcite Trail and Mesquakie Trail are under water due to flooding. The Cattesse Trail has had damage due to high water. Most trails are open,but wet. Some erosion has occured in places. Park staff is working to remove fallen trees. If you see a tree down, report it to park office. Cpntact Park Office for Updates on Trail Conditioins.

Rock Creek State Park - Jasper County:  Lakefront campsites are currently closed due to high water. Park staff will monitor accordingly to determine when they will be re-opened. The fishing pier near the beach area is also unaccessable due to the high water. Boat ramps are not currently closed, but it is advised that they not be used due to the potential debris. 

Stephens State Forest - Lucas County: The Whitebreast Unit and Lucas Unit campgrounds will be closed starting June 9, 2014 for approximately 40 days due to construction on Highway 65. Updates will be posted when available.

Wapsipinicon State Park - Jones County: Heavy rains, over 5"in two days with closes to 4" falling in one night has the park almost all closed. These rains caused Dutch Creek to over flow its banks and did substantial damage in the area. Heavy rains up north has also increased the river forecast to 23'4" by the fourth of July. What all of this means is the only access to the park is the campground, boy scout lodge and golf course club house.

Waubonsie State Park - Fremont County: Water Outage: Water service has been interrupted in all parts of the park, except for the Equestrian Campground, as of July 1st. Water service should be returned to the Modern Campground, Lower Picnic Area, and Cabins 4, 5, and 6 by July 2nd. Water service to Wa-Shawtee Lodge, Cabins 1, 2, 3, 8 and 9 should be returned by July 4th. Check back for updates to this bulletin.

Wilson Island State Recreation Area - Pottawattamie County: Wilson Island is closed for repairs due to flooding in 2011 and 2014. This includes all activities and park facilities. The anticipated opening is late July of 2014. For updates call the park office at 712-642-2069.
 
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