Camping season will soon be upon us…if Mother Nature would just give in and let the sun shine through these cold dreary clouds. Our staff has been busily preparing for all our campers with cabin fever by prepping the shower houses and cleaning up campsites.
Iowa County Conservation strives to provide the most for our campers. We are taking another look at the Lake Iowa Campground which first opened in 1962 to 50 campers. The smaller pull behind campers that used to populate our campsites have grown into big diesel pushers and we are following suit. We added longer pull through sites and a new easier to use dump station in recent years and in 2017 we upgraded sites 1 through 23 to a 50 amp service to accommodate these big rigs. In the spring of 2018 we plan to upgrade another 20 sites to 50 amp. We have cleaned up sites by removing railroad ties and leveling or lengthening sites.
We have non-electric sites near the entrance of the campground that have sat unused for years that are being uncovered. Once parking has been created for Non-Electric Site A we will open it for use. Folks who prefer tents to campers are always welcome to set up camp at any site, electric or non-electric, as long as the correct fee is paid. Our rates will stay the same in 2018 with electric sites at $16/night and non-electric sites at $10/night.
The last upgrade we are planning for the Lake Iowa Campground in 2018 is remodeling the Round House, the rent-able shelter situated in the campground. The decor of the Round House could best be described as 70’s Yard Sale with its mismatched chairs and wood paneling. A new metal roof was installed in 2017 and as with any project once you spruce up one thing you see how shabby some other things are getting. Our staff has been busy gutting the paneling and dropped ceiling tiles. Once we have an empty shell the electrician can rewire the building and we can install new knotty pine tongue and groove siding. With plans to use this rent-able space for more than birthday parties and family reunions we will also be adding futon bunk beds so that it can be rented for overnight stays. It will continues to have heat and air conditioning but will not have bathroom or kitchen facilities.
The last change for 2018 will be the overhaul of 230th Street. Currently the asphalt road is at the mercy of freezing and thawing temperatures and farm equipment. It shows quite a bit of wear each spring. To avoid repairing the road repeatedly the asphalt will be replaced with cement. The project is scheduled to begin on June 4th and will take a minimum of 75 days. Visitors to Lake Iowa Park should plan to use a detour. Those driving from the north or via Interstate 80 can turn west onto 216th Street immediately south of I-80. 216th Street is a gravel road and turns into G Avenue which will lead you to Lake Iowa Park. Visitors traveling from south of the park can take H Avenue to 266th Street which connects with G Avenue.
With all the upgrades we hope visitors find Lake Iowa Park to be a great place to call your home away from home.