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.