Iowa state parks

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    DES MOINES - Beginning at 9 a.m. February 13, local time, campers, who
    choose, will know for certain they have a campsite waiting for them upon
    arrival in their favorite state park. For the first time in its 85 year
    history, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will begin
    accepting campsite reservations.

    "We are really excited about this new system and I think it will be
    popular among our campers who like to travel a little farther from home,
    but worry that all the campsites will fill before they arrive," said
    Kevin Szcodronski, chief of the DNR's state parks bureau.

    Campsites may be reserved from as little as one night or as many as 14
    consecutive nights and one person can reserve more than one campsite at
    a time so campers can stay next to each other. There are additional
    requirements for stays during the peak season.

    The reservation system offers a number of new features, including
    photos of each campsite available for reservation, detailed descriptions
    and the ability to pay by credit card. Campsites can be reserved on-line
    at www.reserveiaparks.com or by calling 1-877-IAPARKS. Phone call
    reservations are accepted from 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday,
    and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday from Feb. 1 through Sept.
    30, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week from Oct. 1 and Jan. 31.
    Reservations will be accepted 24 hours a day, seven days a week over the
    Internet.

    Szcodronski said an equal number of campsites will still be available
    the old way - first come, first serve. Staff in each state park
    selected an equal number of electric and non-electric, modern and
    non-modern sites available to fit both needs.

    "We tried to be as fair as we could when selecting which campsites
    could be reserved, and which would not, to try to serve both interests
    and I think we have done that," Szcodronski said.

    The DNR will accept check, money order, camping coupon as well as
    credit card for payment. Non-electronic payments must be received
    within 10 days of making the reservation.

    This new system does not come without some cost. There is a $4 fee to
    reserve a campsite using the website and a $6 fee to use the phone
    system. Credit card users will be charged a 3 percent processing fee of
    total of the overall order. The system was built to allow the people
    who use it, to be the people who finance it.

    The website will take users step by step how to make a reservation.
    Users can create an account in seconds, learn about making a reservation
    or just browse the site to see what all it has to offer.

    "We tried to create a website easy to navigate and easy to understand
    and I think we succeeded," he said. "I think people will find it
    easy to use and will be pleased with the reservation system in
    general."

    In 2005, more than 660,000 camping guest nights were spent in Iowa
    State Parks.