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Certain State Parks Offer Amenities All Year Long

DES MOINES - A number of Iowa state parks have facilities open to the public all year long, including cabin and lodge rental and heated shower facilities.

"Some of these facilities can be difficult to reserve during the prime camping season but have open dates later in the year, if people are willing to be flexible with their schedule," said Kevin Szcodronski, chief of the DNR's parks bureau.

Cabins are available all year at Backbone, Pine Lake, Wilson Island and Springbrook state parks.

The modern two-bedroom cabins are equipped with heating and air conditioning and available for year round rental. The one-bedroom style cabins, equipped with heating and air conditioning, are available through October. Renters must provide their own bedding and dinnerware. The cabins are available on a reservation basis through the park concessionaire and are accepted starting the first working day in January. Please call 563-933-4225 for cabin reservations.

Pine Lake
Four recently remodeled stone and timber cabins are nestled along the Iowa River. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s, these cabins have fireplaces to take the chill off a cool fall day. "Pine Creek" and "Bittersweet" cabins accommodate up to 6 people, "Goldfinch" and "Sandstone" up to four. "Pine Creek" is accessible to the mobility-impaired. Each cabin features a shower, restroom, stove, and refrigerator. Cabin users must provide their own dishes, eating utensils, bedding, towels and other camping items. Cabins are available for reservation through the park concessionaire located at Twin Lakes Bait Shop, 23204 County Highway S56, Eldora, or call at 641-858-3626.

Wilson Island
A non-modern cabin is available year-round. The cabin has electricity, two bunk beds, a table and benches. No cooking, water, or sanitary facilities are furnished. The cabin is located near the campground shower and toilet building. Advance reservations are accepted starting the first working day in January. The cabin may be rented for a two-night minimum. Call 712-642-2069 for reservations.

Springbrook's six rustic family cabins provide great opportunities for an economical getaway. Available for weekly rental, the cabins will accommodate up to four people. They are equipped with refrigerators, stoves, water and flush toilets. Cabin users must provide their own bedding, towels, dishes and other camping items. Hot water is not available; however, showers are located in the campground. Cabins may be reserved for a week through the concessionaire after January 1. Call 641-747-2785 for reservations.

Honey Creek
There are 155 modern campsites with showers, rest rooms and a trailer dump station. Eighty sites are equipped with electricity only. Electricity is available year-round in the campground and the shower building is heated in the winter.

The lodges at Walnut Woods, Lacey-Keosauqua and Wapsipinicon state parks are available for rent through the winter.

Walnut Woods
The popular lodge is an outstanding feature of the park. It is a beautiful setting for weddings, family reunions, holiday parties and business meetings. The lodge was built in the 1930s of limestone brought in from an eastern Iowa quarry and rough-cut hand-filled lumber. The lodge is available for rental on a reservation basis. Call 515-285-4502 for reservation information.

There are two lodges, ideal for group events such as wedding receptions and family reunions, are available for rent through the park ranger. Both lodges include a stove, refrigerator, tables and running water. The newer lodge has a modern restroom and is available year-round. Call 319-462-2761 for reservation information.

A lodge may also be reserved through the park manager. The lodge is an excellent place for group events such as wedding receptions and family reunions. Call 319-293-3502 for reservation information.




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