Flint Campers Discover Local Campgrounds
Campgrounds in the vicinity of Flint, Mich., are an alternative for campers who want a positive camping experience without the fuel bill, according to The Flint Journal.
Gloria Mikula, manager of the new Flint/Holly KOA Kampground, said gasoline prices are a chief topic among campers.
"We've had a lot of people say that gas prices are just too expensive to make the drive up north," she said. "We've been pretty full each weekend but can usually find a space or two for those last-minute campers."
Montrose residents Julie and Dave Kirkpatrick camped at the Flint/Holly KOA with five children the week of July Fourth.
"We're staying closer to home because of gas prices," Julie Kirkpatrick said. "We really enjoy our family time when we're camping, and this place is wonderful."
With bounce houses, game room, miniature golf course, skateboard park, swimming pool and playground to choose from, the Kirkpatrick brood wasn't short on activities.
"We're finding that the management, at least in this campground, has really gone out of their way to help us stretch our dollars," Julie said.
With several of the children old enough to ride skateboards, Mikula was able to work a deal with the family, enabling them to secure five-day passes for the skateboard park.
One popular service offered by many local campgrounds this year is the option to store recreational vehicles at a facility until the next stay. Although policies vary from campground to campground, visitors typically can leave their campers on the property for a small fee or with a reservation for the following weekend.
"It saves people the hassle and expense of hauling their camper home, only to turn around and haul it back the following weekend," Mikula said. "We've had a lot of people take advantage of the option. Lots of folks are feeling the pinch of gasoline prices, and this is one way we can help."
Thom and Dianne North of Fenton say they, too, love to camp nearby.
"We have always stayed close to home camping simply because there is so much to see and do in as little as one to two hours," said Dianne North, a busy nurse and Fenton City Council member. "There are plenty of areas to enjoy fishing and boating, sightseeing and, of course, shopping.
"The state parks are an excellent choice for spending family time camping," she and her husband added. "We have stayed at the park in Holly – a clean, wooded campground for family fun."