LEDGES OPEN: Park Opens Canyon Area

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It’s been two years since flooding destroyed parts of one of Central Iowa's best state parks.

However, just in time for the big holiday weekend, Ledges State Park is back up and running and full of visitors anxious to explore the park again.

Memorial Day weekend and being outside go hand in hand.

For the Wheeler’s it's a tradition to come out to Ledges Park, one that had to be put on hold when the park closed in 2010 for flooding.

“When they closed there was nothing to do, we'd rather drive out here and be out here all day in the quiet then be stuck at home,” says Amanda Wheeler of Ames.

After close to $100,000 was put towards Canyon clean up, the park opened up the lower-area just in time for the holiday weekend.

"We come here, we get to spend our family time, we get to eat, we get to hang out here all day, they get to play in the water, they get to have fun,” says Wheeler.

Over at the campgrounds, not an empty spot could be found.

The Huss' claimed their spot two weeks ago.

"This is our home away from home,” says Elisa Huss of Boone.

Camp rangers say all 90 plus campsites including tent and RV camping were booked over a week ago.

“We just love it out here,” says Huss.

Ledges State Park is one of the oldest state parks in Iowa, opening up to the public in 1924.

To this day it still remains one of the most popular parks throughout the state.


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