Good Weather Helps Wisconsin Parks Report Steady Traffic
A healthy dose of nice weather through late spring is helping boost occupancy rates at campgrounds in Central Wisconsin.
"The weather has been beautiful, the pool is up and running, and we've had people come in for a day that have ended up staying a week," Lisa Fassbender, an employee at Apple Creek Campground near Wrightstown, told the Appleton Post-Crescent. "Next week we have a few sites available, and that's it."
A combination of favorable weather and some travelers sticking closer to home are among factors keeping the 135-site campground busy so far this season, she said.
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In a related development, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says more people are camping in state parks.
According to The Associated Press, agency officials say camping reservations are up 9.3 percent from the same time in 2011.
Online reservations are up 11.5 percent and the number of walk-in campers without reservations has jumped nearly 80 percent.
DNR officials say electrified campsites are in especially high demand.
They say they're working to bring electricity to more campsites and upgrade existing electric sites with higher amperage service.