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It won’t be long now!

July 16, 2017
Kevin Williams - Grundy County Conservation Director , Reinbeck Courier

If it has been awhile, I would invite you to take a trip to Wolf Creek Recreation Area. There are a lot of things to see and do. But there are a couple of really good reasons to make the trip and see it right now.

For one, the mosquitoes aren't bad. And I am basing that on 37 years of experience with Wolf Creek and mosquitoes! Over the Fourth of July weekend, I was bitten by ONE mosquito during my times of visiting with campers. That's right, it is not a misprint - ONE!

We have been dry but thankfully have had some rain compared to places not very far from here. The reason for fewer mosquitoes? The namesake of the park - Wolf Creek, didn't exit its banks this spring or summer. No flooding means no filling of the sloughs and oxbows. No standing water in sloughs and oxbows translates into no great habitat for mosquitoes to lay their eggs. The end result, fewer mosquitoes than I have seen at Wolf Creek for many seasons.

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The concrete block portion of the Wolf Creek shower/restroom building is nearing completion!
Photo by Kevin Williams

That in and of itself is reason enough to hurry down there.

However, don't wait a week or so and grumble if you go down and find the situation different. That's because the common Iowa floodplain mosquito, Aedes vexans, takes as little as 10 days to go from egg-laying to emerging as adults.

Another reason to check out Wolf Creek Recreation Area is to watch the progress on the new shower/restroom building. The concrete block portion of the structure is nearing completion. Plumbing is roughed in and weather permitting, the floor will be poured this week (maybe by the time you are reading this).

Then the center wall will be laid up. After that there will be the "above ground" portion of the electrical and plumbing followed by rafters, siding, roof, and septic system with dump station.

Just typing all that remains in this column makes it seem like there is a lot left to do but if weather and other things cooperate, I am telling people we should be giving the thing its first test by Labor Day weekend.

Now, with all that said, please don't come looking for me with the tar and feathers if it runs past that target a bit. But it won't be long now.



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