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Minnesota State Parks Hope for Fall Traffic

September 6, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Campers filling campsites is a good sight to see.

“Labor Day weekend is always very busy for us,” says Andy Tucker, Park Ranger at William O’Brien State Park in Marine on St. Croix, Minn.

It’s a busy weekend and an important one for Minnesota state parks, KARE-TV, Minneapolis, reported. The mid-summer, government shutdown left parks and campgrounds empty for three weeks and it was costly too. The parks service lost nearly $2 million in revenue.

“A lot of people are happy we’re back open,” says Tucker. “We’ve been very busy since we were shut down.”

In fact, since the shutdown the numbers of people camping is higher than average. According to the DNR, the last month has been the busiest they have seen in at least three years. Heading into Labor Day weekend, 95% of reservable campsites had been booked.

The DNR hopes the momentum from this weekend continues into the fall as they try to recoup some of their losses.

“Hopefully the weather is nice,” says Tucker. “We could always take more visitors.”

The overall effect of the shutdown on state parks is still yet to be determined.

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