© 2022 WVIK
Listen at 90.3 FM and 105.7 FM in the Quad Cities, 95.9 FM in Dubuque, or on the WVIK app!
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
News

Maquoketa Caves State Park Ready for New Season

maquoketa_caves_st_park.jpg
Iowa DNR
/

After a major make-over, a popular state park in eastern Iowa is ready to open on time in the spring. Last week, staff of the Maquoketa Caves State Park, and a park friends group, held a public meeting to talk about the improvements.

Iowa DNR Natural Resources Technician Ryland Richards says the park was closed for four months last year.

maquoketa_caves_path.jpg
Credit Iowa DNR
/

"The reason we shut down and did all the work was just because a lot of the facilities and stuff were getting old and outdated, so we wanted to upgrade stuff."

Richards says they re-built the road, updated the campground, installed new lights, and re-built all the wooden boardwalks.

And when the park finally re-opened last August, people flooded in for the rest of the season - through mid-October. He says Maquoketa Caves State Park averages 350,000 visitors a year, with about 1,500 a day on weekends, April through October.