COVID UPDATE - Campgrounds Opening May 8th & Other Park Operational Changes

Summit campground campers, trees and blue sky.

5/7/2020 UPDATE

Please note new changes to parks operations during the COVID-19 health emergency.

In accordance with state recommendations pertaining to COVID-19, we want to share with you important information about our parks.

Visitors are reminded to strictly abide to the social distancing rules and not gather in groups. Remember to stay home if you feel sick, wash your hands regularly, avoid touching your face, and bring supplies from home including disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer and other hygiene products.

Park Facility Changes (Updated 5/07/2020):


  • On Friday, May 8th at 8:00 a.m., campgrounds will be open on a first-come, first-served basis for recreational camping.
  • Only self-contained units (those with internal water and restroom facilities), will be allowed.
  • Buffalo Shores Recreation Area campsites remain closed until further notice.
  • Some campsites may be closed to ensure social distancing.
  • Campers only in the campground; No Guests Allowed.
  • Campfires at campsites should be for occupants of the campsite only.

All restrooms and shower buildings, including water fountains, are currently closed.

Picnic shelters, playgrounds and the Wapsi River Center will be closed until further notice.

If you feel cancelling your stay is the safest choice, we will waive cancellation fees for visits (cabins, shelters) with arrival dates through May 31, 2020. To cancel, contact the Administrative Office at (563) 328-3280.

The Dan Nagle Walnut Grove Pioneer Village and Buffalo Bill Cody Homestead will open, with some social distancing restrictions for visitors, on May 15th (excluding group and tour activities).

All public programs and events are cancelled through May 31, 2020.

We are monitoring the situation. We promise to remain diligent and intentional in protecting you and making your visit a great experience. As conditions change, so may our policies on park visitation and overnight stays. We will keep you informed of any changes moving forward.

Other areas of our parks that remain open for day use include: trails, roads, lake and river access points, boat ramps, shorelines, open natural areas, disc golf course at West Lake Park, and the Glynns Creek Golf Course.

May 7, 2020