NNRD Reopens Some Restrooms; Playgrounds, Shelters Still Closed

NNRD Reopens Some Restrooms; Playgrounds, Shelters Still Closed

Beginning Friday, May 8, some of the restrooms at the NNRD's recreation areas were reopened to the public. All playgrounds and picnic shelters remain closed until further notice at Kirkman's Cove, Iron Horse Trail Lake, Duck Creek Recreation Area, Wirth Brothers Lake, and Prairie Owl. All other activities are still allowed including fishing, camping (both tent and RV), and hiking. Group activities of more than 10 people are prohibited, and visitors are urged to practice good social distancing.

Only concrete restrooms were reopened at Kirkman's Cove, Iron Horse, and Duck Creek. The lone, wooden restroom at Wirth Brothers was reopened; however, the restroom at Prairie Owl remains closed. NRD staff will be cleaning and sanitizing the opened restrooms on Mondays and Fridays. Visitors are encouraged to use their own facilities if available in their RVs and to bring your own soap and/or hand sanitizer.

Park permits are still required at the parks and may be purchased online with your credit card (safest and most efficient method) or through the collection boxes at the parks. Either way, your permit will be mailed to you. Keep in mind that permits purchased at the park may not be mailed as soon as normal in order to ensure safety of those collecting the envelopes and processing the payments.

Everyone's cooperation is appreciated as we strive to follow federal, state, and local health officials' guidelines. Please help keep the restrooms and our parks clean and, therefore, open for everyone by following the posted rules. Trash is emptied once a week at the parks; so if a dumpster is full, we appreciate your using a different one or packing out your trash when you leave.

Updates regarding the parks will be posted regularly on our website and our Facebook page.