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A crew lays concrete for the foundation of a campsite Wednesday at the Hidden Lakes Campground in Clear Lake. The campground, which is being built in three phases, is expected to open its first phase of about 82 campsites in April.

CHRIS ZOELLER, The Globe Gazette

CLEAR LAKE | A new campground near I-35 will be open for up to 82 RVs and their owners, families and friends in April 2018. 

Construction workers were laying out concrete for some of those spots in the roughly 100-acre Hidden Lake Campground site Wednesday afternoon, which features multiple large ponds and primary access from Main Avenue.

Aaron Andrews, the property owner, and Erick Molstad, his business partner, proposed the site earlier this year, which sits south of Highway 122, and just east of I-35.

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A view from the entrance of the Hidden Lakes Campground being built in Clear Lake. The first phase of the project is expected to open in April.

"I've enjoyed it for the last 20 years by myself and with friends," said Andrews, who works at Clear Lake Materials. "If you're ever out here, people say, 'This is the perfect place for a campground.'"

Molstad, who works with Charlson Excavating, said the water/sewer lines have been installed, and that workers are currently adding cable/electric lines for each spot.

He added one of the main reasons for creating the campground was because of demand in the area.

"There's other seasonal campgrounds in the area," Molstad said. "And all of those have a waiting list ... that kind of was the justification for this project."

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The Hidden Lakes Campground includes campsites that line the shore of three lakes on the property.

The campground will offer a shelter house, playgrounds, bathrooms, a beach and other amenities. 

Twenty of the 82 available spots in the project's first phase have already been rented. Donja Molstad, Erick's wife and co-worker at Charlson Excavating, said the project should have a total of 210-220 spots for rent after the next two phases are completed, which should take about a year each.

"It's depending on how far we want to develop on the eastern side," she said as she drove a Globe reporter and photographer around the campground Wednesday. "We're thinking about how many regular parking spots for vehicles to have."

The first phase of Hidden Lake Campground is scheduled to open April 14, 2018. Selection is based on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested can email hiddenlakescampgroundia@gmail.com for more details.

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