May campers may have to make alternate plans. Campsites in Iowa state parks are going fast, three months before the busy Memorial Day weekend, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported.

Temperatures are hanging on either side of zero now. But dreams of better weather mean a dozen state campgrounds had all reservable Memorial Day weekend campsites — or all but a couple handicapped accessible spots — gone by Tuesday afternoon. Campers can reserve from 50% to 75% of the sites up to three months ahead of time. That reservation window opened Sunday for the first holiday weekend of the summer season.

“Our north campground is filled up. We allow up to 75 percent of the sites to be reserved,” Lake Macbride park ranger Gwen Prentice said.

Over the last half decade, Iowa’s state parks have hosted about 14 million visits each year, including 680,000 or so camping days.

The February flurry of campsite reservations is a sure sign of spring.

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