Wisconsin Campground Reservations Up 6%

May 6, 2009 by   - () Leave a Comment

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said that camping reservations as of March 30 were up 6% over last year. And the typical reservation length is now just shy of four days, which indicates longer stays for many travelers. 

Many local families looking to take a weekend getaway are getting away much closer to home now, which is why a shift to more budget-friendly plans could mean better business for Wisconsin parks, WISC-TV, Madison, reported. 

Amanda Gabel said her 5-year-old son, James Baures, loves camping. 

The family of three drove from Monona, Iowa, about an hour to Governor Dodge State Park. They said the weekend vacation was planned with the economy in mind. 

“It’s a lot cheaper to eat, because you don’t eat out,” said Gabel. “You pay to stay here, but nowhere near what you would pay for a motel.” 

“It’s an easy way to not spend a lot of money but still have a good time,” said Kathy Gruentzel, supervisor at Governor Dodge State Park. 

Gruentzel said the park has noticed an increase in reservations. 

“I think a lot of them aren’t looking for those long two-week, cross-country kind of things,” said Gruentzel. “They’re staying closer to home.”


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