More people are using Iowa state parks as their go-to destinations, the Dickinson County News reported.
Last year, state parks welcomed more than 15 million visitors, up more than 750,000 over the previous year. And over the last five years, guest camping days in state parks have increased 18%.
“Our state parks had a great year in 2016,” said Todd Coffelt, Iowa Department of Natural Resources State Parks bureau chief. “The weather really cooperated throughout most of the state, with a gorgeous spring and lingering fall. We are hoping for a repeat this year so people can get out to our parks early and often. We have more than 4,700 campsites statewide just waiting for campers. ”
Iowa state parks have added more than 300 existing campsites to their reservation system this year, making reserving that perfect spot a little easier. These sites will be available on the reservation system ahead of the Memorial Day weekend reservation window.
For those planning a stay during one of the major summer holidays, camping reservation windows opened Sunday (Feb. 26) for Memorial Day, April 4 for Fourth of July and June 1 for Labor Day.
A total of 92 cabins are available to rent in 19 state parks, and 10 parks have cabins available year-round. They start at $25 per night for simple camping cabins to $200 per night for the multi-family cabin at Springbrook State Park.
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