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State Park Campsites Available for July Fourth Holiday
Posted: 04/08/2014

The Fourth of July holiday is in the reservation window for state park campsites and while there are currently plenty of options, campers shouldn’t wait as sites can go quickly.

"Our parks have a lot to offer and no two parks are the same. If your favorite park has filled, give a different park a try," said Todd Coffelt, chief of state parks for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

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As of Tuesday morning, reservable campsites with electricity have been filled at Clear Lake, Elinor Bedell, Emerson Bay, Gull Point, Lake Macbride and Lewis and Clark. Campers wanting to stay in those parks for the holiday will need to arrive early to secure a walk in site.

A few other state parks are close to filling reserved sites. Ledges and McIntosh Woods each have one reservable handicap site available.

Viking Lake has one electrical site; Lake of Three Fires has two; George Wyth, Lake Wapello, Maquoketa Caves and Stone have three; and Green Valley has four. Dolliver Memorial, Union Grove and Wapsipinicon each have five electrical sites; Backbone and Lake Manawa have six; and Bellevue has seven.

For more information contact Todd Coffelt, chief of State Parks, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, 515-281-8674.