On the Radio: Visitation increases at Iowa’s state parks


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

Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s segment discusses increased visitation at Iowa’s state parks.

After a number of wet summers, the dry conditions of 2012 seem to have helped increase visitation at Iowa’s state parks

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

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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.

Volunteer to clean up Iowa’s parks!


Mines of Spain Recreation Area. Photo by jereandreagan, Flickr.

Help preserve Iowa’s parks! On April 27 and 28, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is looking for volunteers to help maintain 12 Iowa state parks.

Volunteers will work with Iowa DNR AmeriCorps members to clean-up trails, collect litter and clear vines.

The parks involved are Big Creek State Park, Backbone State Park, Lake Anita State Park, Lake Wapello State Park, Mines of Spain State Recreation Area, Union Grove State Park, McIntosh Woods State Park, Lake of Three Fires State Park, Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area, Rock Creek State park, Lake Ahquabi State Park and Stone State Park.

Follow this link to learn more and sign up.