(State) The Department of Natural Resources reports a rise in the number of camping visits to Iowa State Parks in 2012. The number of camping visits rose to 709,595, up from 684,417 in 2011.
Fisheries Biologist Brian Hayes says three of the top ten most visited campgrounds are located in southwest Iowa.
“#1 on the list was Lewis and Clark State Park not too far from Missouri Valley, #3 on the list was Viking Lake state park, and Lake Anita made #6 on the list.”
The sale of fishing licenses also rose while the hunting license sales remained steady.
“That's what supports the Iowa DNR trust fund and allows us to manage fish and game populations in the state so we appreciate the support from our anglers and hunters out there and we enjoy seeing the use of the parks.”
328,718 fishing liscences were sold in the state in 2012 and 164,104 hunting licenses were sold.