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Campers Ready for Labor Day Weekend
Posted: 08/19/2014

Most of the campsites with electricity in Iowa state parks available for reservation have been snapped up for weeks ahead of the Labor Day holiday.

The unofficial end-of-summer holiday remains one of the more popular weekends during the peak camping season.

“We’ve had a good summer and I expect that to continue with our campgrounds near capacity for Labor Day weekend,” said Todd Coffelt, chief of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources State Parks Bureau. “The weather forecast is good and fishing should be good making for a great weekend.”

The best news of the summer may be that Wilson Island State Recreation Area in Pottawattamie County and Lake Darling State Park in Washington County recently reopened after years of repairs and renovations. The campgrounds at both state areas are open but not on the reservation system for 2014.

The few available sites on the reservation system will likely fill, so campers making last minute plans should move quickly. Campgrounds with the most electrical sites available are Marble Beach and Pilot Knob with 11 each, Lake Wapello with six and Lake Keomah with four.

Campers looking for a campsite should check the reservation website frequently. Go to and click on the reservation link in the lower left hand corner of the homepage.
Not all campsites are reservable: 25-50 percent of the campsites at each park are available for first come first served camping. Campers without reservations should plan to arrive early in the week to secure a site.

For more information, contact Jim Lawson, District Parks Supervisor, Iowa Department of Natural Resources State Parks Bureau, 515-281-5972.