IOWA DNR: Closing Lewis & Clark State Park on Monday due to anticipated flooding

June 03, 2011

ONAWA – Due to anticipated flooding, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will close Lewis and Clark State Park along the Missouri River in Monona County beginning Monday, June 6.

The rising water table in the area will cause the park to flood around June 10 and is not expected to recede for close to eight weeks. High water will cut off the park road and infiltrate the park facilities.

“Campers currently in the park are safe,” said Eric Haakenson, DNR park ranger. “We just want to make sure the park is cleared beforehand.”

In addition to Lewis and Clark, the DNR has closed and removed the staff at Wilson Island State Recreation Area, north of Council Bluffs, and is watching the levee separating Lake Manawa State Park from the Missouri River.

The DNR has suspended the 14-day maximum length of stay rule for evacuees who choose to camp at Waubonsie State Park in Fremont County and may look at doing the same at other western Iowa parks if the need arises.