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Good Traffic at Parks Over the Holiday

September 4, 2012 by · Comments Off on 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:

CALIFORNIA

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.

SOUTH DAKOTA

“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.

NEW YORK

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.

MISSOURI

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.

NORTH DAKOTA

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.

WISCONSIN

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.

Upper Midwest Campgrounds Filling for Weekend

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Campgrounds in the Upper Mississippi Valley region reported Thursday (May 27) they are booked or nearly full for the Memorial Day weekend.

“It’s the start of the summer and everyone has Monday off, so it’s a nice three-day weekend and the perfect time to go camping,” said Moses Simon, an employee at Prairie Island Campground.

All 216 of the campground’s sites have been reserved for the weekend and a waiting list started, Simon told the Winona (Minn.) Daily News.

Perrot State Park campground near Trempealeau, Wis., has had all spaces reserved for Memorial Day weekend for about six weeks. The holiday weekend typically fills up quickly, park manager Lois Larson said.

The prospect of a pleasant weekend helps, but, “Even if the weather is bad, we fill up on Memorial Day weekend,” said Ida Christenson, manager of Goose Island campground just south of La Crosse, Wis.

All of the campground’s sites with electric and water hookups have been reserved, she said, but they still have tent sites.

“We’ll never run out of tent sites — we’ll find a spot for them somewhere,” Christenson said.

Veterans Memorial Campground near West Salem, Wis., doesn’t take reservations, but about 3/4 of its 128 sites already were occupied by Thursday morning, manager Darlene Guinn said.

Campground traffic typically starts to pick up Memorial Day weekend, but people started coming a few weeks earlier this year because of the nice weather, campground managers said.

Perrot was packed two weeks ago as well, and that’s not typical, Larson said.

“If the weather is nice, they get that itch and they want to get out and go camping,” said Larson.

The rest of the summer is filling up, too. Electrical sites already are reserved for many weekends at Perrot and Goose Island. Weekends around the July 4 and Labor Day holidays tend to book quickly, park managers said.

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