Campers looking for a site with electricity to spend the Fourth of July can still find one, if they are flexible in their location.
Lake Keomah, Dolliver Memorial, Prairie Rose, Red Haw, Pilot Knob and Honey Creek state parks have sites available for the July 4 holiday and most other state parks have electric sites available on the weekend before the Fourth.
To find a campsite, go to http://iowastateparks.reserveamerica.com/
“We weren’t sure how the campgrounds would shape up when holiday fell during the week. It appears July fourth through the weekend will be busy but there is plenty of opportunity to go camping before the holiday,” said Kevin Szcodronski, chief of state parks for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
If campers are trying a new park they should log on to www.iowadnr.gov/h2o for a list of things to do in the area. Campers who create an account and log their activities are automatically entered in to a drawing for prizes.
“I would encourage our campers to try something new like going on a hike or meeting your neighbor. Bring some binoculars and a ‘Birds of Iowa’ book and see how many different birds you can find, go fishing or hit the beach,” Szcodronski said. “Our parks have a lot to offer and no two parks are the same.”
Busy campgrounds means campers will need to be mindful of their neighbors, keep the noise level down, pick up after themselves, be patient when setting up and while in line at the dump station, and bring sunscreen and bug repellant.
“Hopefully, Mother Nature will cooperate and we will have good weather,” he said.
Campers have been dodging snow, rain and flooding since the peak season began May 1.
“State parks are fortunate that we have a dedicated group of campers who show up in all kinds of weather,” he said. “But I’m sure they are tiring, like we all are, of the less than ideal weather.”
For the latest park updates and closures, go to www.iowadnr.gov/parks and click on the Closure Information link.