Just returned from one of Illinois State parks, Rock Cut, yesterday, WOW was it deserted. In our section with 25 sites, only 3 were occupied, in another section with over 75 sites, only 12 were occupied. In the other 3 sections, there were about a dozen sites occupied. In all of the years going to that park, the only time I have ever seen that few numbers, are early November.
It was hot, only one day, but the price to camp is reasonable compared to the private sector, free showers, no charge for more than 2 people camping, Electric included, PLUS they have a NEW dump station, with easy access for the biggest units.
Could be that people were waiting for the 4th holiday.
Has anyone else seen a drop in camping due to the economy?
Note to self... It's time to plan that camping trip to the Mid-West.
Seems Georgia SPs & COE parks are mostly booked solid... even with tripple digit temps forecast for the next few days! We are spending the week with other families at Ridge Rd COE CG at Lake Thurmond... or for those of us that grew up around here, Clark's Hill! We had to make our reservations several months ago to ensure we'd have sites.
The local state park (Lake Wateree State Park) campground is practically full every weekend during the summer with folks boating, swimming, playing games, and the new pasttime of driving around and around in golf carts. Does tend to thin out Sunday afternoon and even more on Monday's.
Is it the economy? Don't know but weekday campsites are usually available. Weekends not so much.
I noticed a drop in people in the "modern" campground in Michigan's U.P. that I camp. Also, while there were more tents and pop ups, there were far fewer trailers and MH's than in the past.
Nearby rustic state campgrounds pretty much had nobody.
One family I talked to at the camp store was actually concerned that they were camping at the end of a seven mile long dirt road and looked to be the only campers in that rustic campground. I don't know what their exact concern was (bears, serial killers, or what) but they did not like that much solitude.
People kept saying it was because schools got out late. But after school was out, not much changed.
I just booked a site for 4 days at a PA State Park in August.I got to pick the site I wanted,a pet site with electric which seems surprising since it is only 6 weeks out. Of course it wasn't for a weekend,maybe that is part of it.
I full time and camp in government parks all over the S.E. I travel on Sunday or Monday and don't bother with reservations. I'm currently in a C.O.E. park on Hartwell lake in S.C. and will spend 8-10 weeks floating between 4 or 5 parks while working in the area.
This appears to be a normal camping season. Camp sites are plentiful Sunday thru Thursday nights. Out of 30 sites on my loop, four have been occupied since I arrived on Monday. However, it's filling up for the weekend. With the 4th falling on Wednesday, I'll have to move to another site within the park on the 3rd (the results of a cancellation while I was checking in), but will be able to finish out my 14 day stay at that site. As a side note, Walmart lost me for the 4th.
Things will get back to a low roar after next week running thru the Labor Day weekend. Choice sites may not be available, but there will generally be a place to hang my hat for a week or two at a time. After Labor Day weekend, it's... "Which choice spot do I want?"
In the SP I'm in it's bend close to full every weekend.
Steve & Linda
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