Emerald ash borer (EAB) has been confirmed in a number of counties throughout Iowa. As a result, the entire state of Iowa is now under state and federal firewood transport quarantines. It is in direct violation of the federal quarantine to transport firewood from a quarantined area into a non-quarantined area. Park visitors are cautioned not to transport firewood across county lines in Iowa or across state lines since the movement of firewood throughout Iowa or to other states poses the greatest threat to quickly spread EAB even further. Do you part to help prevent the spread of EAB and other woodland pests. Please consider buying firewood locally near the park you are visiting and burn it all during your stay. For more information about EAB and the federal firewood transport quarantine, visit: www.iowadnr.gov/firewood
There are a number of rules and restrictions pertaining to use of this facility including decorations and clean up. All renters should read all of the rules/restrictions for this facility on the Iowa DNR website at www.iowadnr.gov and enter "Shelter Rentals" in the site search box located right above the "DNR" tab. Renters are expected to abide by all facility use rules and cleaning procedures for the facility. Failure to review these items could result in cancellation of your reservation and forfeiture of reservation transaction fees.
If you are having an event that requires a special event permit in addition to a shelter reservation, please contact the park office to discuss the details of the event. You will also need to go online to the Department’s website to complete a special event application form. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the shelter reservation and forfeiture of reservation transaction fees.
The shelter must be cleaned prior to vacating for the evening. Please plan to have your function over by 10:00 p.m. or earlier if necessary in order to clean and leave before the park closes.
Only beer with an alcohol content of 5% or less by weight and wine with an alcohol content of 17% or less by weight may be consumed in state parks and recreation areas. Drinking of these beverages is not permitted on roads or in parking areas. Hard liquor and wine with an alcohol content of more than 17% by weight or other alcoholic liquors are not to be consumed in state parks and recreation areas. Keg beer is allowed through a keg beer permit only. Renter must obtain permit from park staff at least 30 days prior to the rental. A damage deposit in the minimum amount of $100 per 100 or fewer persons will be required. Contact park staff regarding payment arrangements
Most parks have a carry-in, carry-out trash policy. Please place all trash in containers, if provided. If no containers are available, please haul trash away with you when you leave.