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valhalla360 wrote:

time2roll wrote:

Could book a day early and check in 6am the next day? [emoticon]


Not sure about COE but I know some state parks, if you don't occupy your site, they can give it away. People were booking Thursday night but arriving Friday. Why? The reservation systems open up sites X number of days out, so if you book Thursday as your first day, you got into the reservation system a day before everyone else.


The vast majority of state parks we were used to operated mostly on the honor system with no full time monitoring of who comes in or out. The camp hosts have limited duties and authority, none of which have anything to do with check ins or check outs. You might see a ranger drive thru once per day.

PA is a good example. Some of the large really popular parks near urban centers may be manned full-time from Memorial day to Labor day, but most are not and those are not manned in the shoulder seasons, and both check in and check out is 3 PM. Been that way for 50 years or longer and works well.

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We have been going to COE parks for a long time that had 3 or 4pm check-in. Yes, checkout at most of them is either 1 hr before or the same time. If the site was available when we arrived we have always been allowed to park and set up no matter what time it was. We do however travel so that we arrive maybe and hour or so before check-in. I do go online the night before to see if anyone is on that site, if not then we know we can arrive at anytime.

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Posted: 10/12/20 05:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

GDS-3950BH wrote:

The vast majority of state parks we were used to operated mostly on the honor system with no full time monitoring of who comes in or out. The camp hosts have limited duties and authority, none of which have anything to do with check ins or check outs. You might see a ranger drive thru once per day.

PA is a good example. Some of the large really popular parks near urban centers may be manned full-time from Memorial day to Labor day, but most are not and those are not manned in the shoulder seasons, and both check in and check out is 3 PM. Been that way for 50 years or longer and works well.


Off season, it doesn't matter much as you can usually get in early anyway.

Most of our experience is in Michigan but we've been to state parks in several other states and usually, you have to check in before going to your site.

In Michigan, most are fully staffed like any other campground. It's only some of the ones in the remote areas where they use the honor system. And literally for decades, there have been games with getting sites because they are popular and fill up on weekends...and the parks counter with rules.


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