State Camping Area Expands to Meet Demand
The Red River State Recreation Area in East Grand Forks, Minn., can expect to see another 38 campsites by fall.
These are needed because there are often more visitors who want to camp than there are places for them to camp, according to the Grand Forks Herald, Grand Forks, N.D.
Mayor Lynn Stauss said the campsite has been filled to capacity several weekends.
In June of this year, there were 763 overnight stays compared with 495 in June 2007, according to campground manager Gladwin Lynne.
Last year, the campsite had 8,050 overnight stays, nearly a 50% increase from the year before.
There now are 72 campsites and the addition of 38 would be a 53% increase.
The total cost is estimated at $380,900, of which $200,000 would come from the state and the rest from the city’s Water and Light Department. The city council authorized the extra money needed to complete the project a week ago.
City leaders put heavy emphasis on the campground as a tourist attraction that brings new dollars to East Grand Forks’ downtown.