Storms Affect Campers' Mindsets in Minnesota
Minnesota’s resorts and campgrounds just completed a terrific 4th of July week and the Minnesota Resort & Campground Association (MRCA) wants to make sure that people know there are still plenty of openings for the remainder of the summer and into fall.
An informal survey of MRCA members shows that many destinations still have vacancies for even peak times, ShakopeePatch.com reported.
While the state has seen storm damage around Duluth and more recently in areas around Grand Rapids and Bemidji, almost all tourism businesses in the state are operating at full capacity and are eager to welcome visitors. Some North Shore resorts in particular have been unfairly affected by Duluth flooding.
“Some properties saw numerous cancellations from all the negative news coverage,” said MRCA Executive Vice President Dan McElroy, “but they’re an hour or more away from the affected area.”
MRCA President Tom Kavanaugh (Kavanaugh’s Sylvan Lake Resort, Brainerd) says that the industry is changing.
“While we appreciate advance reservations made several months ahead, the fact is that we’re seeing a lot of short-range planning today. That means many resorts and campgrounds often have openings until the last minute so don’t assume that you’re too late to get in at your preferred tourism destination.”
Kavanaugh noted that it’s a fantastic summer to visit a Minnesota resort or campground. “We’ve had wonderful temperatures, the foliage is green and lush and the lakes are warm. We’d love to have people calling us for reservations, even at the last minute, and I’m sure any resort or campground would welcome last minute inquiries!”
Jay Cooke State Park, located about 20 miles south of Duluth, is one of the state parks currently closed due to severe damage caused by flooding in June. The park will remain closed until repairs can be made to State Highway 210, which provides the only vehicle access to the park. All reservations through Oct. 31 have been cancelled and full refunds are being issued. No new reservations will be taken until further notice.