Wild Iowa/Pictured Rocks Park construction updateDuring construction this fall, the access road will intermittently be closed. It has been suggested to park at the top of the hill and walk in, as necessary.
[click here for the Jones County Conservation Board press release]
The Jones County Conservation Board Rock Climbing Rock Climbing Advisory Group formed
Autumn of 2008 garnered the invitation of the ICC to participate in the Jones County Conservation Board Rock Climbing Advisory Group.
This landmark achievement allows climbers a significant voice in the cooperative management of Pictured Rocks County Park for rock climbing.
Work is underway to formalize a fixed anchor installation policy that would allow for placement and replacement of climbing anchors by way of permit.
ICC representatives to this group are: Dave Patton, Ben Caskey, Ron Goodman, and Evan Fales.
NOTICE: Camping is no longer allowed at Pictured Rocks County Park (Wild Iowa)
Please be aware that by order of the Jones County Conservation Board, camping at Pictured Rocks County Park (Wild Iowa) is no longer allowed.
Indian Bluffs Partial Closure Still in EffectOn June 27, 2006, the ICC received an email from Jeff Joens, DNR, enlisting the support of the ICC of a closure of certain cliffs at Indian Bluffs.
The area "to be closed would be that portion of Indian Bluffs and the rock faces that are located to the north and east of Chimney Rock." This area includes the routes Saving Grace, Louise and Wedding Bells, among others, and is now closed until further notice.
The purpose of the closure is to allow the DNR to collect data on potentially endangered plant and animal species habitat. Data collection will begin this Fall and will "probably extend into late 2007".
See signs posted by the DNR at either end of the cliff closure for exact closure boundaries.
It is critically important to honor this closure.
This closure is still in effect. Please do not climb in this area.
[See the DNR notification letter here].
In 2003, the DNR first raised the issue of "compatible use". At that time, the Iowa Climbers' Coalition (ICC) was told that sport climbing would most likely not be a compatible use with habitat preservation and hunting. We have no reason to believe that they've changed their mind.
In the past, the DNR has threatened to chop bolts at Pictured Rocks and Indian Bluffs. We believe an adverse decision will lead to the closure to climbing of this wonderful and unique outdoor resource.
The initial estimate of completion of the CUE by March 1, 2006, has transformed into a current estimated completion time of "late 2007".
The latest information from Jeff Joens, DNR Rock Climbing CUE coordinator, is that three surveys for threatened and endangered plants will be conducted (once each in Spring, Summer and Fall) beginning in 2006.
It is expected that a member of the Office of the State Archaeologist will conduct a cultural resources survey of both Wild Iowa and Indian Bluffs during the week of September 4, 2006.
Both areas will also be inventoried for land snails at a time when the evaluator deems appropriate.
We realize the importance of this data collection for informed, fact-based land management purposes. Therefore, while the results of the gathering of this significant information is awaited, please respectfully honor the temporary partial closure at Indian Bluffs.
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