FREDERIKA, Iowa (KWWL) – A wet spring might throw a wrench in the holiday weekend plans of some.
Alcock Park near Frederika is closed approaching Memorial Day weekend and will be until it dries out.
“This is typically the big, beginning of the year camping weekend,” said Andy Hockenson, director of the Bremer County Conservation Board.
The Wapsipinicon River runs right alongside the county park and is out of its banks, flooding the area. Fire pits and picnic tables sit in water, nowhere ready for the holiday camping weekend.
“The roads are still partly under water. Part of the campgrounds are still under water,” Hockenson said.
On a normal day, there are plenty of camping spots with electricity, tables and fire pits settled next to the river. Right now, the river is flooding the park but is going down.
“The water is actually going down. It got up to the shower building, again,” he said.
For the Bremer County Conservation Board, much of their revenue comes from operation parks like Alcock, so being closed on such a weekend can put a damper on the pocketbook.
“Camping revenue is definitely going to be impacted by this weekend. It’s nice to have those boosts when you have those holiday weekends, and we’re going to be lacking that,” Hockenson said.
The money they receive from campers gets put into the maintenance of the parks and building new facilities.
While Alcock is closed, Bremer County operates three other parks that have campgrounds.
Once the park dries out, the conservation members must go in and sanitize the showers and bathrooms, check the electrical hookups and make any repairs to the park before they can reopen.