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Campground host positions are opening up from the Lochsa River to the mountains east of Cascade.

Campground hosts meet the public and do chores around the campground.

Here are some positions:

Horsethief Reservoir about 7 miles east of Cascade off the Warm Lake Highway. The reservoir is about 260 acres.

For details or to apply, contact Dennis Hardy at Fish and Game’s Southwest Region office in Nampa, at (208)-465-8465 or by email at

The Lochsa Ranger District is looking for hosts at Wilderness Gateway Campground. The campground is within the Wild and Scenic Lochsa River corridor, 50 miles east of Kooskia on U.S. 12. Call Heather Berg at the Kooskia Ranger Station at (208) 926-4274.

Iowa DNR announced Tuesday, February 28, that they have openings for campground hosts in 20 Iowa State parks this summer. Camp hosts receive free camping at a designated campsite in return for assisting campers by explaining park rules, helping with registration, and serving as an impromptu local tour guide. Hosts will also help park staff with cleaning and light maintenance.

Iowa Campground Hosts

Iowa Campground Hosts

“We would like to get hosts placed in parks around the middle of March so they are ready to go in April,” said Linda King, with the DNR’s office of volunteer services.

Hosts are currently needed for the season at:

  • Pine Lake (124 sites)
  • Pilot Knob (60 sites)
  • Walnut Woods (22 sites)
  • Lake Keomah (65 sites)
  • Lake Manawa (72 sites)
  • Lewis and Clark (112 sites)
  • Bellevue (46 sites)
  • Backbone (125 sites)
  • Beeds Lake (144 sites)
  • Clear Lake (180 sites)
  • Ledges (95 sites)
  • Nine Eagles (68 sites)
  • Pikes Peak (77 sites)
  • Viking Lake (120 sites)
  • Yellow River State Forest (4 campgrounds)
  • Elk Rock (2 campgrounds).

If an entire season is too much, three state parks have host needs of shorter durations:

  • Lacey-Keosauqua April through June;
  • Prairie Rose from the end of June through October;
  • Volga River for July and August.

Applications are available online at .  Alternatively you can call: 1-515-242-5074 to have an application mailed.

About a mile into the woods at Hillsborough River State Park, Florida, the smell of fudge cookies baking wafts from a toaster oven outside Jack and Mary Lou Smith’s air-conditioned motor home.

A plastic windmill rendered motionless by the Florida heat decorates the campsite. There are a few tables, popup chairs and a radio.

For the summer, this is home.

“You can do anything here,” Mary Lou, 73, says, passing a plate of cookies to visitors. “You just better like doing it in the outdoors.”

The Smiths are campground hosts, volunteers who serve the park 32 hours a week in exchange for free utility hookups and a place to park their home on wheels, a 34-foot Fleetwood Bounder purchased in 1987.

Camp hosts keep the grounds clean, act as guides and help novice campers settle in. They scrub the restrooms, shoo off wild raccoons and round up visitors for campfire parties.

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