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Flooding Dampens Outdoor Weekend Plans for Boaters and Campers

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JOHNSTON, Iowa - Many people have plans to go to the lake or go camping, over the 4th and a lot of those plans are changing. The severe weather that has swept through the state has left outdoor recreation locations less than ideal.

The Department of Natural Resources is advising boaters to stay out the states most flooded waterways.

“We’re not advising boating on the Mississippi River at this time and the same would apply to our reservoirs such as Saylorville and Red Rock.”

The lake remains open to the public but high water levels at the Saylorville marina have already swallowed boat ramps and parking lots. Saylorville Lake and Marina General Manager, Mike Slatterly, still expects to see a crowd this weekend.

“This isn’t the first time this has happened especially around the 4th of July. I believe people are still going to come out and enjoy the lake.”

Also, the DNR has spent the week cleaning up 13 state parks and campgrounds severely wind damaged and or flooded by storms. However, that hasn’t turned away campers. More than 50 – percent of campgrounds are reserved for the holiday weekend.

The DNR hopes to have the parks cleaned up by weekend.