Campers looking to reserve a campsite at an Iowa state park with electricity for Memorial Day weekend are nearly out of luck. To date, Clear Lake State Park has one site, Marble Beach has two and Pilot Knob has eight. To say campsites are scarce would be an understatement.
“This goofy spring weather we’ve had has not been very inviting for campers to head to our parks. As great as last spring was, this year has been almost the opposite which has made campers anxious to get out and sites for Memorial Day weekend that much more in demand,” said Kevin Szcodronski, chief of State Parks Bureau for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
“Our parks have a lot to offer like wildlife viewing, fishing and the trails, which are great venues to get some exercise while enjoying the outdoors,” he said.
Memorial Day weekend has traditionally been the kick off to summer with campgrounds filled to capacity. Campers without sites should arrive as early as possible and may want to have a back up park in case all the sites are taken.
With many campers held at bay as March weather refused to relinquish its grip, the big holiday may be the first trip out for the season. Campers should plan to go through their equipment before hitting the park to prevent any surprises.
It’s also good to review campground rules and etiquette, like getting firewood locally, watching the noise level after quiet hours and picking up after yourself.
“It’s fun to sit around the campfire and shoot the breeze, but one loud campsite can ruin the experience for a lot of people,” he said.