Ice storms and blizzards have some Iowans thinking ahead to warmer weather and the camping season. Iowa Department of Natural Resources Parks Bureau Chief, Kevin Szcodronski, says lots of people are already booking campsites.
The DNR allows you to reserve a campsite three months in advance, which means people are already reserving campsites for Memorial Day weekend. Szcdronski says this is the second year they’ve used the reservation system. He says only half of the campsites are available for reservations — and the rest are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Szcdronski says if you want to be assured of a site, you shouldn’t wait. He says the sites with electricity are very popular, and are being reserved "almost by the hour." Szcodronski says it’s easy to make a reservation.
Szcodronski says 80 to 90 percent of people go on-line to reserve a site at: www.reserveiaparks.com , or you can also call 1-877-IA-PARKS (877-427-2757). Szcodronski says you can search the state based on campground criteria and see photos of the sites on-line.