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State Parks damaged by wind, flooding

Published: Thursday, July 3, 2014 10:22 a.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, July 3, 2014 10:45 a.m. CST

Campers with reservations in Iowa state park campgrounds closed due to flooding or storm damage will be contacted by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  

The following areas sustained storm damage:

• The lakefront campsites at Rock Creek State Park in Jasper County are not available due to high water. Campers were moved to other sites until the water recedes. 

• The campground at Dolliver State Park in Webster County continues to be closed due to flooding. Other park facilities remain open.

• George Wyth State Park in Black Hawk County will be closed likely through the weekend due to flooding. 

• A portion of Wapsipinicon State Park in Jones County is closed due to flooding. 

• Lake Macbride State Park in Johnson County is in the process of restoring its electricity.  The Coralville Reservoir is high and within inches of back flowing into Lake Macbride. If it does, it could impact the Lake Macbride beach, concession and some trails.

• Most of the campsites at Fairport State Recreation Area in Muscatine County are flooded from the Mississippi River. The campsites not flooded are currently filled with campers. Fairport will be removed from the reservation system until floodwater recedes and all campsites are available.  Trails at nearby Wildcat Den will likely have some damage. 

• The lower road leading to the beach and boat ramp at Palisades-Kepler State Park in Linn County is closed due to flooding. The rest of the park is open.  

• In Ledges State Park in Boone County, Lower Ledges Road and Canyon Drive are closed to vehicle traffic due to flooding, but the park and campground remain open.  

• Mines of Spain State Recreation Area in Dubuque County has three trails closed due to flooding — Calcite Trail, Mesquakie Trail and Cattesse Trail.

• Maquoketa Caves State Park in Jackson County is clearing trees from roads downed by the wind. 

• Wildcat Trail, at Pine Lake State Park in Hardin County is closed due to flooding. 

• Neal Smith Bike Trail in Polk County remains closed. The outflow from Saylorville Lake is expected to increase from 17,000 cubic feet per second (CFS) to 21,000 CFS later this week.

Many state parks will be cleaning and clearing downed limbs and other damage caused by Monday’s storm. For the latest information on state park closures, go to www.iowadnr.gov/parks and click on the Closure Information link in the column on the left.

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