DNR: State parks are not closed because of shutdown

Geode State Park, photo from Iowa DNR

Geode State Park, photo from Iowa DNR

During the government shutdown, all Iowa and Illinois state parks are open as usual.

According to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa’s state parks, even those on federal land, are open.  A spokesperson from the Illinois DNR said the Federal Government shutdown is also not affecting any Illinois state parks. Illinois facilities are open to the public.

“It can be confusing about what is open and what isn’t, especially for parks on federal reservoirs,” said Jim Lawson, State Parks Bureau supervisor for the Iowa DNR. “Iowa’s state parks are open for business as usual.”

A spokesperson from the department said all facilities run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Monuments and Federal Refuges, and other federal areas are closed during the shutdown.

Click here for a listing of Iowa’s state parks.

Click here for a listing of Illinois’ state parks.

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