SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa- A state beach in northwest Iowa will re-open July 1st, after a two-year closure.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is wrapping up a $3.2 (M) million renovation at Marble Beach State Recreation Area near Spirit Lake.
Crews made campground and road improvements. Marble Beach is part of the Great Lakes region in northwest Iowa.
“We are excited to unveil the work that’s been taking place here at Marble Beach,” said Frank Rickerl, northwest Iowa supervisor for Iowa State Parks, Forests and Preserves.
Crews constructed a new shower building, new camp pads, upgraded sewer and electric, and more. Electrical hook-ups have been upgraded to 50 amps from 30 amps, and the campground offers a new class of campsites, which provide standard electric with water.
“We believe campers will enjoy the upgrades to campsites and amenities,” said Rickerl. “We really appreciate the patience and support from the local community, and think the renovations will provide long-lasting benefits that will draw visitors to the area.”
Roads have been re-designed to improve traffic flow and create pull-through sites. Campsites also have been enlarged and spaced further apart to accommodate larger campers. Additionally, the swimming beach at the park has been relocated to the north side of the campground, away from the boat ramp, to improve safety.