Minnesota State Parks Filling Up Fast
If people are thinking about packing up the kids, the dog, and the fishing gear for a weekend getaway at a Minnesota state park this spring or summer, they better not wait too much longer to make reservations, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) advised this week.
“Camper cabins and electric campsites may be hard to come by in certain parks for Memorial weekend,” said Forrest Boe, deputy director of the Parks and Trails Division, “which may mean more Minnesotans are planning to vacation closer to home this year.”
Families who just want to pitch a tent will still find plenty of sites available, but reservations for Friday and Saturday nights at the most popular parks, won’t last long, according to Boe.
Last June, state parks began accepting reservations up to a year in advance (previously reservations could only be made up to 90 days in advance). Reservations for the upcoming vacation season are clearly coming in strong, the DNR noted.
The numbers below indicate the approximate percentage of Minnesota state parks’ reservable inventory that are still available for holiday weekends in 2009:
Minnesota state parks still make about a third of campsites available on a first-come, first-serve basis for travelers who arrive without reservations.
(Editor's Note: The state report does not cover private campground reservation traffic.)