Iowa state parks remain open during shutdown

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa natural resources officials say they’re taking frequent phone calls from people wondering if the state parks have been affected by the federal government shutdown.

Jim Lawson the supervisor of the State Parks Bureau for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says state parks are open, even those located on federal land including Honey Creek near Centerville and Elk Rock by Knoxville.

Lawson says it can be confusing to sort out which government functions are affected by the partial government shutdown.

He says state parks are not affected but facilities run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Monuments and Federal Refuges and other federal areas are closed during the shutdown. That includes the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge near Prairie City.

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