MacNider Campground Remains Closed

Posted on Friday, May 08, 2020
MacNider Campground will remain closed throughout the weekend. Playgrounds and picnic shelters in all Mason City parks remain closed.
  • MacNider Campground remain closed throughout the weekend.
  • Playgrounds and picnic shelters in all Mason City parks remain closed.

    The Park and Recreation Board will discuss opening with modified rules during the May 12th meeting. Gov. Reynolds signed a new proclamation this week opening all private and public campgrounds. The DNR stated in a press release earlier this week that state parks have seen a great influx of visitors at their parks and expect to see the same at the campgrounds. Parks staff will be closely monitoring these areas to avoid gatherings of groups larger than 10. Park staff presence throughout the parks and campgrounds will remind and educate visitors to continue physical distancing while enjoying some of Iowa’s most beautiful public places.

Campers should also abide by the following guidelines:

  • Visitors will not be allowed in the campgrounds, only those occupying the campsites
  • Campfires at the individual campsites will be limited to campers occupying that campsite
  • Six occupants per campsite, unless immediate family contains more than six
  • Some pit latrines are now open in busier day use areas
  • 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 close
  • Cabins, yurts and shelter houses will remain closed
  • Visitors centers, nature centers and museums within state parks will remain closed
  • Beaches remain open, but will be monitored closely
  • Some campgrounds may be closed due to construction or maintenance issues, so please check the specific closure information below for each park before planning a camping trip. 

For the latest closure information for state parks, campgrounds and trails, visit: The DNR highly recommends practicing physical distancing so that the parks and campgrounds remain open as a viable option for recreational opportunity. Campers should assume personal responsibility and abide by the guidelines set forth.

Iowa has 68 state parks and 4 state forests for visitors to enjoy with hiking trails, lake recreation and camping, to learn more visit: or

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