Work to Begin on New Iowa Campground
Ground is to be broken on Thursday (Sept. 6) for a new publicly owned campground near Cedar Falls, Iowa.
The $1 million campground will include 55 full-service sites, each equipped with water, electricity, wireless Internet and a sewer dump station. The grounds overlook Big Woods Lake and connect to the Big Woods Lake bike trail, which also ties into the metro's trail system, according to the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier.
The demand for such high-end sites has grown in recent years as more Baby Boomers retire, said Vern Fish, Black Hawk County Conservation director. "They are physically healthy, affluent and buying some nice rigs. The want to stay in a facility that caters to their needs," Fish said.
Fish said the project has received financial support at the local, state and federal level through several grant programs, including a $69,000 Community Attractions and Tourism grant and a $150,000 Resource Enhancement and Protection grant, both through the state.
Mike Hendrickson, the county's north unit ranger, said the new campground will be perfect when the area receives heavy rains.
"Most of our parks are right along the river way. This place is up in an area that is out of the flood plain."
A loop for primitive camping will also be available, though Fish is uncertain just how many tents the space can accommodate.