There’s nothing like a good winter storm to get people in the mood for camping. By 11:30 in the morning of Februlary 25, more than 60 percent of state park campsites for Memorial Day Weekend that offer electricity or full hook ups had been reserved.
Camping options for the big holiday weekend in a state park are quickly shrinking.
Campers wanting to spend the holiday weekend at George Wyth, Lewis and Clark, Viking Lake and Walnut Woods state parks should plan to arrive a few days early for one of the walk up sites with electricity – all the reservation sites have been taken.
Other parks are close to hanging up the no reservations sign.
Ledges, Green Valley, Springbrook, Prairie Rose and Maquoketa Caves state parks only have the handicap accessible site available. Lake Ahquabi and Macbride have two electric sites, Backbone has three, Lake Wapello has four, Stone has five and all have a handicap accessible site available.
At Brushy Creek, two electric sites in the equestrian campground remain. Lake Anita and Union Grove have five electric sites and Fairport and Waubonsie each have four. Rock Creek has three electric sites and two handicap accessible sites.
Most parks will have nonelectric sites available for the Memorial Day Weekend.
“We had a flurry of reservations since the seventeenth when campers began getting their sites for a two week stay that includes Memorial Day Weekend,” said Kevin Szcodronski, chief of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources State Parks Bureau. Campers can make reservations for a site three months ahead of their first night stay.
Not every campsite is available on the reservation system. Parks maintain between 25 and 50 percent of the electric and non electric sites as non-reservation sites, available for walk up camping.
Information on Iowa’s state parks is available online at www.iowadnr.gov including links to the reservations page.