Iowa State Parks prep for rainy Memorial Day weekend

Iowa State parks officials know that even a rainy forecast, doesn't chase away the most "dedicated" Memorial Day weekend campers.

"We still have that opportunity to make a memory, and sometimes that memory is how we survived all that rain, or that hot weather and this is going to be one of those weekends where the goal is going to be to stay as dry as you can," said Iowa DNR State Parks Bureau Chief Todd Coffelt.

He says the weather will present challenge for campers, but there will be breaks in the weather pattern so people will still have a good time.

He says propane grills may be very popular this weekend

Just one state park is closed because of flooding, Wilson Island State Recreation area, along the Missouri River.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources celebrates its 100th anniversary next year. Coffelt says in advance of that, 20 parks will have an "artist-in-residency" this year. Artists will create a work of art at the park. Next year there will be a tour/exhibition.

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