Although the economic news isn't always positive, it's great to see Hamilton County making optimistic investments in the future.
Members of the Chamber of Commerce, conservation officials and representatives of the Prairie Rivers of Iowa gathered Friday morning to officially unveil the new Briggs Woods Legacy Cabin.
The new cabin, built from native oak logs, joins several others built in recent years to offer visitors and travelers a unique camping experience. In addition, the 12-person cabin overlooking the Briggs Woods Lake, will bring tourism dollars to the county.
According to information from mycountyparks.com, more than $1.9 million comes to the local economies from residents and visitors who use Hamilton County recreational opportunities.
17,892 campers using 284 campsites spend an average of $59.60 per day for a total of $1,066,363. More than 14,000 trail users hiking on the 9.2 miles of trails spend $8.80 or $124,115 annually. 1,119 acres open for hunting yields $400 per year for $447,600. Fishing, golfing, events and programs bring in $280,000 annually.
In addition, campers using the legacy cabin and others in the park also bring in hotel/motel tax dollars which helps support tourism in throughout the county. Conservation officials hope to build four more cabins at Briggs Woods as well as others at Little Wall Lake and other county parks.
Hamilton County and Webster City have lots of things to offer potential visitors, and this is a great addition.