(DES MOINES) Guaranteed campsites for the Labor Day weekend are in short supply in Iowa’s state parks, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Campers without reservations who would like to spend the holiday in a state park are encouraged to look at parks off the beaten path, like Pilot Knob or Honey Creek, or to plan to arrive early to secure a walk-in site.
The condition of state parks has been the topic of many conversations and after three straight years of budget reductions, the 2011 Iowa Legislature gave state parks a few extra dollars to hire an additional one or two seasonal workers per park to help catch up with mowing and maintaining facilities.
Lake Manawa State Park is still closed. The campground at Prairie Rose State Park remains open although the lake is being lowered for a renovation project. The two campgrounds at Volga River State Recreation Area will be closed likely until late September for an extensive road construction project.