Iowa state parks draw more visitors despite drought


Dolliver State Park in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Photo by DopT, Flickr.
Dolliver State Park in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Photo by DopT, Flickr.

Despite above average temperatures and severe drought conditions, Iowa state parks welcomed 12 percent more visitors in 2012 than in 2011.

According to data released by The Iowa Department of Natural Resources this week, the department’s 87 parks logged a total of 15.6 million visitors. Most years, the parks average roughly 14 million visitors.

“A lot of those campers have big rigs,” with full air conditioning, explained DNR spokesman Kevin Baskins.

For more information, read the full article at the Des Moines Register.

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