DNR: Camping reopens at Yellow River State Forest

HARPERS FERRY, Iowa (AP) — Camping has reopened on a limited basis at Yellow River State Forest in northeast Iowa after severe weather flooded the area in June.

The state Department of Natural Resources says camping has resumed at Big Paint Creek campground following major cleanup to remove debris.

Storms at the end of June dumped 11 inches of rain through the wooded valleys in Allamakee County. More than 80 campers were evacuated and cleanup crews later removed tree trunks and washed out picnic tables.

Most of the tables in the stream bed were recovered with little damage. Concrete-embedded fire rings were put back into place.

Officials say there’s plenty of trail restoration ahead. Crews are also repositioning a snowmobile bridge that was knocked off its foundation.

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