(BEDFORD) Lake of Three Fires State Park, in Taylor County, was damaged Thursday evening from a storm that caused power outages across the region.
The storm brought golf ball sized hail that stripped trees by the lake nearly bare. Trees and limbs were damaged in the park to the extent that the roads to the picnic areas are impassible.
Kevin Szcodronski, chief of State Parks for the Iowa DNR, said they were calling campers who had reservations to tell them the park has some damage and is without power. Szcodronski said the water is still on and restrooms are functioning and campers are still welcome to camp if they choose or the DNR will help them find a site in a nearby state park campground or give them a full refund.
Staff from other parks will be helping with the clean up and inspection of facilities and trails. No injuries were reported during the storm.
Waubonsie, Viking Lake and Lake Manawa state parks also sustained minor damage.