Camping Fees, Time Limits Removed for Flood Victims
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DES MOINES – People who have been evacuated because of flooding along the Missouri River will be able to camp in certain areas of Iowa State Parks without having to pay a camping fee or having to leave after 14 consecutive days.
Camping spots that are not part of the reservation station will be open to people evacuated from their homes on a first come, first serve basis. The number of camp sites that can be reserved varies from park to park, but is between 50-75 percent.
“In many state parks, we have limited campsite available, but we also want to extend assistance to those who have been displaced because of the flooding,” said Kevin Szcodronski, chief of Iowa State Parks.
“It is especially important for evacuees seeking to camp in our parks on a long-term basis to make sure they contact park personnel when they arrive at the park and before they select a campsite to avoid potential conflicts,” said Szcodronski.
Evacuees are encouraged to call the DNR at 515-281-8004 to check on availability of campsites available for long-term use.
Szcodronski said he expects the most interest from evacuees to be at Waubonsie, Viking Lake, Lake of Three Fires, Prairie Rose, and Stone state parks in western Iowa which are closest to the areas where evacuations are likely to occur.
“But we will extend this invitation to evacuees to other states parks as the need arises,” said Szcodronski.