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Maquoketa Caves State Park to re-open Aug. 24

  • 8/14/2018 12:44:00 PM
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MAQUOKETA – Maquoketa Caves State Park will open for visitors, including campers, on Aug. 24, just in time for fall travelers and outdoor enthusiasts.

“Maquoketa Caves is a destination for both nearby residents and visitors from across the world,” said Todd Coffelt, DNR Parks Bureau chief.

The park was closed for more than three months as it underwent extensive renovations. Along with resurfacing the road through the park, projects included:

  • Dancehall Cave cleaned after many years of flood sediment
  • Lighting in caves upgraded to LED for energy efficiency and increased brightness
  • New footbridge on woodland trail
  • New boardwalks on all trails
  • All electrical campsites upgraded from 30 amp to 50 amp electrical service
  • Six nonelectrical sites converted to electrical
  • A new check-in station for campers
  • A new parking lot with sidewalks near the cave entrance
  • New roof, ceiling and lighting on shower building

Campers can make reservations immediately for the night of Aug. 24 and later by visiting the state park reservation system at

Additionally, the public is welcome to join the Dubuque, Jackson & Jones OWL (Older, Wiser, Livelier) club at 2 p.m. on Aug. 24 for a two- to three-mile guided tour of Maquoketa Caves. The hike will be followed by a cash supper at 4 p.m. at Bluff Lake Catfish Farm outside the park. To attend, RSVP by Aug. 21 by calling (563) 652-3783.