Minnesota Campers Flock to Campgrounds
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As temperatures climb, Minnesota's campgrounds are dealing with an influx of visitors. Before summer even hits, the Three Rivers Park District is headed toward a record number of reservations.
"Summer is precious in Minnesota; we love our summers and any time you can get a jump start on summer, people are going to take advantage of that," said Tom Knisely with the Three Rivers Park District.
When spring came sooner than usual, the district decided to open their campgrounds two weeks early.
"We started taking reservations in mid-March, and we had a banner year. We've never had this many people reserving in that first week," said Bruce Bolduan, Park Operations Supervisor at Baker Park Reserve in Maple Plain.
RV camp spots at Baker are already booked for every weekend this summer. Cabins at the camp are sold out this weekend and for many weekends through the season. Tent spots are still available and there are other openings during the week.
"With the price of fuel, and as nice a park as this is, you can't beat the convenience. It's just as nice a park as they have in Northern Minnesota and it's a lot closer," said Gary Pearson, an RV camper from Delano.