SOUTH SIOUX CITY | Die-hard nature lovers know that camping isn't strictly limited to the mild months of the year. That's why South Sioux City's Scenic Park Campground is open year-round.
Since 2012, the municipal campground hugging the Missouri River Scenic Park has allowed campers to rent spots over the winter months.
Hardy campers are able to set up residence in the cold thanks to thermal lines, which keep water flowing to the sites from freezing in the pipes.
Campground-goers range from traveling tradesmen working on local construction projects to local outdoor enthusiasts who don't mind braving the winter weather, said Gene Maffit, South Sioux City parks director, in a 2013 Journal interview.
The campground's capacity is 135 recreational vehicle sites and eight tent areas. Campers also can rent four cabins built by Iowa State University design students.
The riverfront campground, which has been open for over 40 years, includes modern amenities like cable, Wi-Fi, electricity, water and sewer. It also has a YMCA, tennis court, swimming pool, five softball/baseball fields, 15 soccer fields and miles of walking trails.
Volunteers have also planted approximately 500 trees to replace those lost in the 2011 flooding.