South Dakota Park Official Hopes For Better Weather

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June 24, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Poor weather during the past three months has hampered campground usage at Lewis and Clark Lake in South Dakota, but one official remains optimistic that the figures will pick up during the summer, the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reported.

The forecast for warmer weather during the next week — with temperatures in the 80s — should bring out more visitors, said Jeff VanMeeteren, regional park supervisor.

“As far as Lewis and Clark Lake, we are doing pretty well,” he said. “We are having some cancellations (of campground reservations), but there aren’t a lot of them. Any (sites) that do become available are quickly grabbed up. We just haven’t seen a dramatic change in the number of campers.”

However, park officials have noticed that visitors aren’t coming as early in the week and staying as long as in past years, VanMeeteren said.

“A lot of that factor is the weather. We have had a lot of rainy days lately, and a lot of wind,” he said. “The good news is that the lake is starting to clear up. We have pretty good boating activity, and there isn’t as much material on the shoreline.”

The public is getting the message that the Lewis and Clark campgrounds aren’t closed because of flooding, VanMeeteren said.

“People have figured out that Lewis and Clark Lake is open for business. Now, it’s the weather (that’s holding down crowds),” he said.

“It was the first day of summer the other day, and I was wearing a coat. This week was rather slow. Normally, we would be ramping up for the Fourth of July.”

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