High Water Plagues Some Iowa Public Campgrounds
High water from heavy rains this month has closed several parks around Iowa and some facilities at others, according to the Des Moines Register.
- Dolliver State Park south of Fort Dodge is flooded. The family cabins, center lodge, campground, main picnic area and boat ramp areas are closed. The group camp, south lodge and south open shelters are open but can be accessed only from the south entrance. The north open shelter is also open but can be accessed only from the north entrance.
- Some trails are closed at Brushy Creek recreation area near Lehigh.
- Springbrook State Park near Guthrie Center is open again, after campers were evacuated Sunday. There is little structural damage.
- Walnut Woods State Park in West Des Moines is closed until further notice.
- Saylorville Lake closings include the dam road, the Lakeview upper boat ramp, the Cottonwood and Bob Shetler day use areas, the Shetler campground and the Sycamore access and trail.
- At Lake Red Rock, the Howell Station campground is closed. The North and South Tailwater recreation areas remain open. The North Overlook and Whitebreast beaches are closed. Boat ramps at the Wallashuck recreation area, Marina Cove and Elk Rock State Park are open. A line of buoys has been placed on Lake Red Rock about half a mile west of the dam, and no boats are allowed beyond the line for safety reasons.
- At Ledges State Park near Boone, Canyon Drive and Lower Ledges Road are closed to vehicles.