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Report: A Mixed Camping Season in Michigan

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August 26, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

Campers in the Muskegon, Mich., area had mixed responses when asked how the 2013 camping season has been so far.

For most, like Fenton residents Jane and Tom Hasse, the summer has been a good one for camping. If you know when to go that is. For the last 10 years, the Hasses have been coming to Muskegon State Park and staying at the same lot, the Muskegon Chronicle reported.

“We usually go this weekend in August,” Jane Hasse said. “The weather always seems to be good. It’s not too hot and not too cold. This year, we got rained on for the first time in five years, but that’s OK.”

Cannonsburg resident Jackie Hart was also camping for the first time this year at Pioneer County Park along with her 13-year-old Maltese/Yorkie mix Sophie.

She said the weather has been great.

“I’d like to camp more but I only can when I can use my kids' camper,” she said. “I like to go towards the end of the year and in the fall. The weather has been very nice and this park is very clean.”

Most people camping at Muskegon State Park felt the summer has been good for camping despite temperatures in the 90s in July and a cold streak that hit Michigan earlier this month.

There were some campers however that haven’t had much luck avoiding the poor weather. Olivet resident John Eggleston and his family were among those people.

“This has been one of the nicest weekends we’ve had all summer,” Eggleston said. “But for the most part, the weather has been terrible for us because it’s been cold and wet. That has made it a little tougher to enjoy camping.”

Still, the bad luck hasn’t deterred Eggleston from camping. He said he and his family try to camp at least once a month. His favorite campgrounds include Muskegon State Park, Ludington State Park, Tawas State Park and Pigeon River National Forest.

According to the Department of Natural Resources, there are more than 100 state parks and recreation areas covering 285,000 acres in Michigan.

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