The campground at Emerson Bay State Recreation Area on the southwest shore of West Okoboji Lake is open again after completion of a renovation project that took nearly a year.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says word spread Sunday night that the campground would open on Monday and people were camping out in line to secure a campsite.
Demand for the campground has traditionally been high because it is adjacent to a popular boat ramp.
Construction crews removed trees and brush, installed new electrical lines, camping pads and living spaces, and remodeled the older restroom/shower building.
The DNR says the campground has fewer campsites but more sites with electricity. Now, 82 sites have power and 23 of those also offer water and sewer connections.
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