Tips for roughing it comfortably in Iowa parks this camping season

Statewide Iowa — With summer underway, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is reminding Iowans about the multitude of state and county parks that offer camping options.

DNR wildlife biologist Matt Dollison says the more prominent and popular campsites often fill up quickly, so he recommends checking out the local spots, too.

Dollison says tent camping sites are typically more readily available and are on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, he adds there are a couple of tent-camping-specific tips to keep in mind.

Dollison also recommends having supplies readily available, including bug and sun protection.

Learn more about Iowa’s state parks at



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