Campers Begin Arrival for Memorial Day Weekend

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Campers in place at Ledges State Park (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

Campers in place at Ledges State Park (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

BOONE, Iowa- Camping sites at DNR campgrounds are filling up for the Memorial Day Weekend. The Camp Hosts at Ledges State Park south of Boone report as of today the campground there is full.

Robert and Lisa Siders of Boone have served as the Ledges Campground hosts for the past 5 years. They have been on-site camping since late March. They say this weekend will be busy.

“Electrical sites have been full since Monday,” said Robert Siders.  “Non-electric is filling up fast.” Siders said the campground has been 85% full all spring.

“People want to have fun, no matter if its cold or rainy or not, they just want to have fun.’

A check of the DNR’s online reservation system showed some camping spots available around central Iowa, but they were the walk-up sites, which cannot be reserved.

If you need to look for a camping spot you can check the DNR online reservation system here.

The Boone park has been busy this spring even with warm and cool weather.  Campers started arriving in late March and early April.

Thursday night Ledges Park Rangers hold a program for kids, so that draws some families to try to arrive by Thursday.

The nearby Des Moines River is high, but the lower canyon road at Ledges remains dry and open for traffic.