Michigan Campgrounds Report Great Year

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October 24, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

When Michigan campground owners gathered this week for the Michigan Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds fall conference, the owners were happy with the 2013 camping season.

Dave Cordray, ARVC Michigan's new president and a second-generation operator of White River RV Park and Campground in Montague, Mich., said, "It started out a slow spring, but started to pick up in June, and July and August were great. We were up a couple of percentage points" by the end of the summer season.

Tim Wilcox, the outgoing president of the group, said that his Gateway Park Campground on the south edge of the state had "a fantastic summer. Weather was perfect. The campers just wanted to get out."

Steve and Dawn Hall of Holiday Park Campground in Traverse City, Mich., had much the same to say. "We had an incredible season. In July we ran 92.2% occupancy," Dawn Hall said.

Her husband said July and August set new records for their campground, "and we had records last year."

Even after school started, "our September numbers were crazy," Dawn Hall said.

Patti Bigelow of Gammy Woods Family Campground outside Lake Isabelle, Mich., said "we've doubled since last year."

Nancy Schlickau of Indian River RV Resort said the season was "really good all the way to the end. It was better than ever. Every year's better."

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