PARK MADNESS: State Parks Face-Off

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It’s down to the final two in the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Park Madness championship.

The tournament began on March 19th pitting two parks from each region – northwest, northeast, southwest, and southeast – against each other. Iowans voted for their favorite park from each region on the Iowa DNR’s Facebook page.

Now the final face-off has been set. Lacey-Keosauqua beat Lake Ahquabi in the southeast regional, then defeated Backbone to make it to the championship. Viking Lake beat Waubonsie and Ledges State Park to advance to the final.

Voting will begin April 7th at 7:30 p.m. and the winning park will be announced April 8th. People can also enter to win a two-night free camping voucher for the park that takes it all.

Lacey-Keosauqua is located in southeast Iowa in Van Buren County. The park is the site of several Native American mounds that overlook the Des Moines River. It offers camping, shelters, trails, cabins, and a 30-acre lake.

Viking Lake is in southwest Iowa in Montgomery County. The 137-acre lake offers boating, swimming, and fishing. There are shelters, trails, and camping in the 1,000 acre lake.