Officials delay reopening of Iowa campground

WEST OKOBOJI, Iowa (AP) — Officials are delaying plans to reopen a popular campground at a state park in northwest Iowa due to grass conditions.

The state Department of Natural Resources says the campground at Emerson Bay State Recreation Area on the southwest shore of West Okoboji Lake will remain closed until the grass has been established throughout the area. The closure will affect Memorial Day weekend.

Officials say opening the campground now could cause erosion and damage landscaping from a $600,000 renovation. It was closed in June 2012.

The campground will be reassessed in June. Officials haven’t decided if the campground will be open for the July Fourth holiday.

An agency spokesman says the weather, which included severe drought last year and snow in May, has not helped officials with the seeding process.

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