State park camping fees going up

Campers looking to overnight in Iowa’s state parks this year will pay more do so.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has raised camping fees at the state’s parks this year for the first time in more than 20 years.

The move comes after the state legislature passed a measure in 2018 allowing the department to set its own fees.

Under the agency’s new four-tier pricing structure, out-of-the-way parks that get fewer visitors won’t see a rate increase. But larger parks that draw more visitors see nightly fee increases from 25% to 55%.

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