Campers flocked to state parks during the recent Fourth of July holiday, and the state is exploring a reservation system for its parks — but one Department of Natural Resources campground supervisor doesn’t think Iowa lacks for camping space. Jim Lawson oversees the state parks in south-central Iowa and thinks the state has enough camping space. He says at the present time he thinks we do. He says the state is renovating some of the present camp sites to accommodate the larger campers of today and he says they’re always looking to the future to try and stay ahead. Part of the future could be a super campground that has lots of activities for campers and families. He says they have a couple of areas where they’re looking at developing something a little more extensive, but says they’re still in their infancy. Part of the reason for developing a super campground is to bring in more out-of-state campers and vacationers. Iowa-based Winnebago Industries continues to report strong sales of its campers despite higher gas prices. Lawson says that seems to hold true across the industry. He says from what they hear too, camper sales have not suffered at all. He says people look at camping as a wholesome family activity and a lot more people are taking part.
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