Iowa May Ban Booze At Some State Beaches

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Iowa is considering banning booze at some beaches at state parks in the Okoboji area in northern Iowa over the Fourth of July holiday.

The problem is years of beer-fueled fights, underage drinking and nudity.

The lakes are one of Iowa's top vacation spots, especially for college students. The ban would apply to Gull Point, Emerson Bay, Pikes Point and Triboji beaches on West Okoboji Lake and to Crandall and Orleans beaches on Big Spirit Lake.

Beer and wine would be allowed at campgrounds, lodges, shelters and picnic areas away from the beaches. Alcohol would be allowed at
beaches at the state parks at other times.

The Iowa Natural Resource Commission will consider the ban on Thursday. A legislative rules panel also would have to approve it.


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