DNR: Campgrounds filling for Labor Day weekend
The last big camping weekend of the summer recreation season begins Friday.
Campers looking for a reservable campsite with electricity in an Iowa state park and who are not too choosy have a few options remaining, but they must make their reservation no later than Wednesday or plan to arrive as early as possible to claim a first come, first served campsite.
“People just don’t miss spending these three-day weekends in our parks,” said Kevin Szcodronski, chief of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources State Parks Bureau. “It’s going to be hot and we are going to be busy, so having patience and being respectful of your neighbors will be important. Campers should watch their noise level during quiet hours, only burn firewood in fire rings and leave the fireworks at home. It only takes one loud campsite to ruin the experience for a lot of people.”
While Labor Day Weekend marks the end of the summer recreation season, it also is the beginning of fall camping when the crowds are lighter, bugs are fewer, weather is cooler and the leaves begin to show all the colors in the spectrum.
“We’ve had a good year in our campgrounds and we hope to continue that into the fall,” he said.