June 2003

DES MOINES - After two months of construction work, Clear Lake State Park campground will officially reopen at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 13. The campground renovation project is part of the ongoing effort to address health and safety issues for state park visitors.

"The campground electrical systems in the park date back to 1965 and 1979," said Mike Schoneboom, state park district supervisor. "Some of the sites were using the old 30-amp fuses and the campground did not have any 50-amp sites which is a much needed service for the newer, larger camping units being used today."

The renovation project included adding more electric campsites, upgrading all electric sites to 50-amp service and increasing the size of campsites.

"Even though we lost some campsites with the renovation, campers will be pleased with the larger campsites and up-to-date electric service," Schoneboom said. "The campground now has 174 sites and 163 of those sites have electricity."

Clear Lake State Park has one of the busiest campgrounds in the state park system next to the Gull Point Complex and Rock Creek State Park. In 2002, the park hosted 27,294 camping guest days.

The renovation project was funded through the Restore the Outdoors funding program, which continues to be an important program to renovate and restore many of the state park facilities.

For more information, contact Schoneboom, at 712/657-2638.