Late winter snow has delayed normal spring activity at both Prairie Village and Lake Herman State Park.
State Park Supervisor John Bame said park employees are working hard to get the park ready for campers, and facilities will be open soon. Due to unseasonably cold weather, Bame said, water hasn't been turned on in the comfort stations, but he's anticipating that to happen soon as temperatures stay above freezing.
The water is on at the park shop at Lake Herman and at a frost-free hydrant at Walker's Point.
"The docks at Brant, Madison and Herman will be out and ready for use this weekend," Bame said.
Campgrounds are open. Bame said this is the final weekend for first-come, first-serve camping. Beginning May 1, reservations can be made for all state park campgrounds.
Meanwhile, at Prairie Village, Manager Stan Rauch said the season-opening consignment auction fund-raiser has been delayed two weeks. Rauch said the auction was postponed because he is anticipating muddy conditions on the grounds as the result of snow that has yet to melt.
The annual consignment auction was originally set for May 4 but will now take place May 18.
Park stickers for 2013 are now on sale at Lake Herman State Park, Sunshine Foods and One Stop. Employees are gearing up for Free Fishing Weekend, which is set for May 17-19. On that weekend, visitors to the park are allowed free entrance and free fishing. There is still a charge for camping.