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Iowa Campsites Filling Up Fast For Memorial Day Weekend

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It may feel like we are still in the middle of winter, but many Iowans apparently have their sights on summer.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources started taking reservations for Memorial Day weekend camping in their state parks on Sunday, February 23, 2014.

By Tuesday morning, February 25 at 9:00 a.m., six state parks had filled all their reservable campsites for Memorial Day weekend that offer electricity or full hook up.

Officials say options for the holiday weekend are shrinking quickly, but offer some tips.

Campers wanting to spend the holiday weekend at Elinor Bedell, Lake of Three Fires, Lewis and Clark, Pleasant Creek, Viking Lake, and Waubonsie 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, Prairie Rose, Lake Anita and Rock Creek state parks only have the handicap accessible site available. Brushy Creek had one equestrian site; Backbone, McIntosh Woods and Walnut Woods have three; Fairport, Maquoketa Caves and Union Grove have four; Dolliver, George Wyth and Wapsipinicon have six and most include a handicap accessible site.

Lake Geode is not taking reservations until construction on the wastewater system is complete. The park is open and accepting campers while the work is underway.

Most parks will have nonelectric sites available for the Memorial Day Weekend.

 Chief of the Iowa DNR, State Parks Bureau, Todd Coffelt says Memorial Day weekend sites have just become available because campers can make reservations for a site three months ahead of their first night stay.

"We had a flurry of reservations when campers began getting their sites for a two week stay that includes Memorial Day Weekend."

Coffelt says 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.

More information on Iowa's state parks can be found online at www.iowadnr.gov including links to the reservations page.

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