Free Wi-Fi Drives Camping Surge at Michigan Park
The Van Riper State Park in Champion, Mich., has experienced an increase in volume of about 12% compared to last year, WLUC-TV, Negaunee, Mich., reported.
A lot of the campers are from the Upper Peninsula, but there has been a fair share of out-of-state campers as well.
Rangers believe the increase is due mainly to the weather, but technology at the park also plays a role.
"It's due to our free Wi-Fi connection that we have in the campground," said Ranger Scott Slavin. "Anywhere in Van Riper campground, you can connect to the Internet from your computer. People are spending more camping nights here because they can work from the campground."
Occupancy at Van Riper is expected to remain at full for the next few weekends due to harvest festivals being held at the park.