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Old 02-10-2019, 03:44 PM   #113
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[QUOTE=jimiller5;732459]We prefer to overnight at state parks, but a lot of states have gone to a 2 night minimum stay, especially on weekends.[/QUOTE

A lot of states charge a campground fee and a day fee. So it can cost up to $35 just to stop for an evening to eat and sleep just to leave early the next morning. State Parks are not what they used to be.

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Old 02-10-2019, 04:38 PM   #114
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Another vote for Cracker Barrel, stop in evening for late dinner, 10 pm, spend the night and get breakfast to go at 6 am....

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Old 02-10-2019, 07:31 PM   #115
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Here’s a multi-benefit tip for all those who travel through the great little state of Iowa.
We have 99 counties, every county has a conservation board with land holdings. There are over 10,000 county conservation campsites in Iowa. Once in a while there are sites that cost $20, most with electric are $15. Many are cheaper. Get off the four lane, stay at a county park, meet nice people, spend a few bucks in small town Iowa. Buy sweet corn at roadside stands. “Is this Heaven? no it’s Iowa.”
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Old 02-10-2019, 07:53 PM   #116
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Some Wisconsin State Parks have raised their fees at their most popular parks
For example
Devils Lake SP
1 nights camping for a non resident on a weekend = $42.00
Park pass for a single night. =$16.00
Reservation fee = $9.65
Total. = $67.65
This is for an electric only site ( no water or sewer)

Iowa Dave is right , Iowa has great state & County parks and camping at a reasonable price
We are Wisconsin residents but will be spending a week camping at an Iowa State Park this Spring . Iowa wants and appreciates our business
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Old 02-11-2019, 04:33 AM   #117
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I too am a fan of Iowa State parks. They are well run and inexpensive. But last year even with 25% of the sites fcfs we found the ones we went to full on the weekend. In talking to a host it appears the demand is so high that once the reserveable sites are gone, locals will come and book Wednesday through Saturday night fcfs to get a site for the weekend.

In general state parks have become expensive destinations that are in high demand especially on weekends. Unless you are willing to plan your trip well in advance they have become less of an option.
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Old 02-11-2019, 09:26 AM   #118
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We have found that areas 25 or so miles from metropolitan areas are less likely to be full. Lots of county operations have gone to non reservable sites. This does bring out the Wednesday through Saturday crew in many cases. To peruse the county park offerings in Iowa, the overall website I use is www.mycountyparks.com. Again, sometimes one has to get off the main highways and also do some research. Three years ago when the Mississippi River Rally was flooded out of a COE campground. I contacted the folks at Scott County and we used a very nice camping loop that would otherwise have had three or four campers in it for the weekend instead of the 25 or so fiberglass that came in. Crowds diminish after school starts in late August and even Labor Day weekend isn’t the big draw it once was.
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