DNR offices are closed; online use is encouraged

     The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is working with state and local officials to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and has transitioned employees to work remotely. DNR offices are closed to the public during this time and only available by appointment.

     In another effort to further reduce the spread of COVID-19, the DNR is encouraging the use of the online services for submitting applications, payments and other daily tasks and interaction with DNR staff.

     Online services include licenses and registrations, finding a state park, special events, fishing programs, and more.

     Also available are:

     • Up-to-date information on DNR services, facilities and events impacted by COVID-19.

     • Technical information for regulated businesses in regards to COVID-19.

     The website is www.iowadnr.gov. If you need to contact DNR staff, you can reach them by calling 515-725-8200.


Check website first

     As campgrounds began opening up May 8 to walk-in, first come, first served, campers with self-contained restrooms, and visitors continue to take advantage of state parks, the DNR encouraged everyone to check the DNR website for temporary closures before traveling to any of these areas.

     Some parks and campgrounds have closures due to construction or maintenance projects, maintenance  etc., so it’s important to check the closure website ahead of time.

     DNR parks staff will be closely monitoring parks and campground areas and remind visitors and campers to obey physical distancing guidelines and other guidelines released earlier this week by the DNR.

     Some pit latrines in high use areas will be open, but all other restrooms, drinking fountains and shower houses will remain closed. Park visitors for day use areas, should utilize specific and designated parking lots and not park on the sides of roads or trails, as well as obey all posted signage.

     Iowa has 68 state parks and 4 state forests for visitors to enjoy with hiking trails, lake recreation and camping, to learn more visit: www.iowadnr.gov/Places-to-Go/State-Parks or www.iowadnr.gov/Things-to-Do/Camping.



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