The first new campground in an Iowa state park in seven years recently opened at the Volga River State Recreation Area.

The new campground is at the north end of Volga River with a view of the lake off in the distance, the Dubuque Telegraph Herald reported.

“This campground was built from scratch on an old crop field,” said Scot Michelson, park ranger at Volga River. “We planted trees in the area years ago that are now 12 to 15 years old and will give this new campground a more mature feel.”

The 42 campsites all have electricity and water, and 34 also have sewer connections. Each campsite has a fire ring and picnic table. The camp pads are level, and 11 are paved, pull-through sites. There is a new shower building and non-modern restroom in the new campground.

In addition to the campground, a new modern restroom with drinking water is available on the lake shore at the boat ramp.

Volga River is a recreation area, which means hunting is allowed.

“We do get our share of deer hunters for the early muzzleloader and bow seasons, but the shower building will be closed for winterization by mid-October,” Michelson said. “We will have the electricity on until snowfall when we will close the campground for winter due to the concern for snow and ice on the steep campground access road.”

Volga River has a non-modern campground at the south end, which does not offer electricity, showers or flush toilets.