Heavy rain takes toll on Iowa State Parks

Heavy rainfall has closed parts or all of some state parks in Iowa.

George Wyth State Park in Black Hawk County is completely closed due to flooding. The Cedar River is expected to crest midweek, likely causing flooding and cleanup throughout the weekend. DNR officials advise the trails are covered by water and should be avoided for possible washouts or sinkholes. 

Other parks impacted by the flooding include:

Backbone State Park - north gate closed, trout stream bridges and areas near the river are closed off, trails are still open and campgrounds outside of gated area are open along with the south gates. 

Brushy Creek State Recreation Area - trails are closed due to wet conditions

Lake of Three Fires - trails are closed due to wet conditions

Ledges - Canyon Road is closed

Stephens State Forest - equestrian trails are closed due to wet conditions

Volga River State Recreation Area  - equestrian trails are closed due to wet conditions

Yellow River State Forest - the equestrian trails, Little Paint campground, Frontier equestrian campground, and Creekside equestrian campground are closed due to flooding

For a complete list of park closures or impacts, visit www.iowadnr.gov/Places-to-Go/State-Parks/Alerts-and-Closures.

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