Governor’s New Proclamation Opens Campgrounds May 8, 2020

The Sioux County Conservation Board will open Sioux County campgrounds at 8:00 am on Friday, May 8 to campers with self-contained restrooms only. Self-contained is defined as a tent or pop-up camper with a portable toilet or an RV with a functioning, self-contained bathroom. Walk-in campers may begin registering at 8 am.

  • Friday, May 8- Sunday May 10: walk-in only, first come, first served basis
  • Monday, May 11: reservations will be available for a portion of sites online at remainder of sites will continue to be walk-in only, first come, first served basis

While parks have seen a great influx of visitors; it is expected to see the same at the campgrounds. Parks staff will be closely monitoring these areas to avoid gatherings of groups larger than 10. Staff presence throughout the park and campgrounds will remind and educated visitors to continue physical distancing while enjoying some of Iowa’s most beautiful public places. Campers should also abide by the following guidelines:

  • Campfires at the individual campsites will be limited to campers occupying that campsite
  • Groups smaller than 10
  • All modern restrooms and shower buildings, including water fountains, remain closed
  • Communal picnic tables and grills are open for use at your own risk
  • Playgrounds, day use rental lodges and shelter houses will remain closed
  • Cabins, yurts and shelter houses will remain closed
  • Prairie Woods Nature Center will remain closed
  • Beaches will be open, but monitored closely- no swimming unless swim buoys are out at our beaches
  • Some parts of the parks may be closed due to construction or maintenance issues
    • Bruce Schomaker Recreation Area will remain closed until May 15
    •  Alton Roadside Park will remain closed until May 15