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Fall Camping Offers Quiet, Scenic Experience

DES MOINES – Iowa’s peak camping season ends on Sept. 30, meaning off season rates will reduce the camping fees for the rest of the fall.

“We are heading in to one of my favorite times to be in a state park,” said Kevin Szcodronski, chief of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources State Parks Bureau. “The cooler temperatures, fewer bugs make for a more pleasant experience, but being in the parks when the leaves are changing is really something special.”

He said there is a more relaxed feeling to the campgrounds in the fall versus in the summer.

“We see progressively fewer campers each weekend, but the mood is really upbeat with the chill in the air and the leaves dropping, it is just a really special time to be in the park,” he said.

Fishing also picks up in the fall as all species begin actively feeding in preparation for winter and the spring spawn.

“We see fewer anglers this time of year, which means less competition for those who are here. Fishing just keeps getting better through October until the water temperature drops ahead of ice up,” he said.
Most parks will be shutting water off to the shower buildings around October 15, but the campgrounds will remain open through the winter.|

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