Popular Campground Targets Mid-June to Reopen from 2011 Flood
The campground at Wilson Island State Recreation Area remains a work in progress, but the end is in sight.
The $2.5-$3 million cleanup and rebuild project enters the home stretch as workers are installing fire rings at campsites and the picnic/shelter areas, setting out about 200 picnic tables, reseeding the area and adding street and information signs, installing new parking curbs, painting and planting trees.
“We hope to reopen in mid June, depending on how the seeding takes and the weather,” said Chris Anunson, park ranger at Wilson Island.
Wilson Island has been closed since spring 2011 due to damage from the Missouri River flooding. The campground does not have any electricity yet as contractors are replacing power poles.
“It’s been a long process but we’re getting there,” Anunson said.
The campground remodel includes eliminating the more flood prone sites and changing the first to flood electric sites to non electric. The number of electrical sites increased by 15 but the total number of campsites has been reduced by 10.
The new Wilson Island will have 50 amp service electrical sites, a new shower house, two new dump stations, two new picnic shelters all at higher elevations, and a new park office.
For more information contact Chris Anunson, Park Ranger, Wilson Island State Park, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, 712-642-2069