Good Traffic at Parks Over the Holiday
The summer camping season officially ended in many states over the just concluded Labor Day weekend. Following are highlights of the long weekend from various media outlets:
Families in search of one last summer adventure snatched up campsites at California's state parks in record numbers.
Labor Day weekend is the third busiest camping weekend of the year and the traditional end of the peak summer camping season. The number of nights booked in state park campgrounds over Labor Day weekend surpassed previous years, and total reservations were on pace to top out well above 10,000, according to a news release.
"It was great, we had a very good year we are up about 10 percent in revenues so that's perfect," said Bruce Aljets, owner of the Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park campground in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Like all of the holiday weekends this summer, Aljets says the campground was booked to capacity, KELO-TV, Sioux Falls, reported.
One thing Aljets has noticed in his years of running a campground is no matter what gas prices are or how the economy looks, if people own campers they will come.
"We don't get too concerned about the gas prices because the people, once again the people have a tremendous amount of money invested in their campers they are still going to go camping," Aljets said.
At the Kenneth L. Wilson Campground in Mount Tremper, N.Y., all 76 sites were filled for the weekend, Your News Now, Albany, reported.
Park Supervisor Rob Zimmerman says camping is a popular pastime especially on Labor Day and holiday weekends.
“All the holiday weekends are big in the Catskills,” Zimmerman said.
"We draw from the New York Metropolitan area, a lot of our customers are from out of state," noted Zimmerman.
After pouring through the Gulf Coast, remnants of Hurricane Isaac swept through the Mississippi and Ohio river valleys and brought plenty of rain along, altering holiday campers' plans as well. along with it.
At the AOK Campground in St. Joseph, Mo., all 53 sites were filled over the weekend, despite the rain. Park owner Chris Atlakson said when weather gets bad, it's actually good for business. Campers want to get off the roads, KQTV-TV reported.
"Nobody likes driving through rough weather or heavy rain," he said. "This weekend is one of the highlights, kind of like 4th of July, Memorial weekend, and this the last great big get-together for people getting out away from city life and enjoy the outdoors" Atlakson said.
KQTV caught up with a few other campgrounds in the area, and they said the rain wasn't much of a factor in business.
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park was full of campers — something they've been seeing since they opened for the summer.
The park near Mandan, which was closed all of last year from flooding, this past weekend showed what the campsite has seen all summer: campers, campers and more campers, KXMB TV Bismarck
Dan Schelske with Fort Lincoln said that all but two weekends the campground has been full to capacity– and this weekend is no different.
Statewide, Parks and Recreation could hit record numbers of campsites occupied for the summer and Schelske says that could be true for the Fort Lincoln campground as well.
Almost all 125 campsites at Veterans Memorial Campground in La Crosse were filled for the holiday weekend, WXOW-TV, La Crosse, reported.
The number of campers on site met expectations, matching last year's turnout, managers said.
"We've just got a bunch of nice people who come and a lot of them are repeaters who come all the time. We get to make a lot of friends," said Veterans Memorial Campground manager Darlene Guinn.