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State park reservations now online

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DELAWARE COUNTY (KWWL) -- Backbone State Park and other state parks are now taking online reservations for Memorial Day Weekend.

Dan Sprague and his wife were at Backbone State Park Sunday afternoon, scouting out a spot for their summer family reunion.

"Cabins look great. We love the area and all the trees. Just really, really beautiful," Sprague said, surveying the surroundings.

He and his wife have checked out the new online reservation system for Iowa state parks.

"Looks like everything is kind of color-coded, with a letter in there whether vacant or occupied," he said. "It looks easy enough to get online to make your reservations."

It's a change for park ranger Dave Sunne, too.

"Right now, it's just a little bit of an apprehension, getting used to the new system, but I understand that once we get used to it, it's going to be a better system for us," Sunne said.

While the online reservation system is good news for the park, a possible cut in state funding means visitors might see the state park looking a little different this summer

Sunne said seasonal staff members help with mowing and keeping up the park.

"That sounds like it might be an issue this summer, with cutting back and just not having the money," Sunne said.

It might be mid-April by the time he finds out about the budget situation and whether he's allowed to hire any seasonal workers, he said.

"I mean, we could see some drastic changes," Sunne said, citing a big drop in the amount of area mowed.

While he waits on the budget information, state park campground sites and cabins will continue to fill up.

"Probably better get our reservation in quick," Sprague said.

To reserve a campground spot, click HERE or see the link on the left.

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