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Are thing THAT bad? (Empty campgrounds!)

Unread postby PrivatePilot on Mon Sep 22, 2008 6:48 pm

Ok, I know times are tough in the USA, but is it THIS bad?

Look at this picture of our weekend at Darien:

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Within the frame of this picture there's about 50 or so sites (and probably another 25 or 30 behind me) and we were the ONLY PERSON in the whole section.

Several immediate areas (each with capacities in the 40 to 75 site range) were also almost vacant with only 2 RV's in one, and a handfull in another.

Wow.

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Re: Are thing THAT bad? (Empty campgrounds!)

Unread postby mikhen on Mon Sep 22, 2008 8:44 pm

And around here, it's hard to find a spot anywhere.
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Re: Are thing THAT bad? (Empty campgrounds!)

Unread postby skipnchar on Mon Sep 22, 2008 10:06 pm

Kind of in-between around here. Weekend spots are available but the best are hard to get. Might find a half dozen empty spots at Lake Perry. Week days (my favorites) and it looks a lot like your photos with few folks in the campgrounds. Not an economy item though, it's just always that way once school is back in session here.
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Re: Are thing THAT bad? (Empty campgrounds!)

Unread postby jp rver on Mon Sep 22, 2008 10:34 pm

I guess it's different from region to region. Around here my favorite State Park is booked solid every weekend between now and the end of October. I keep checking online at the MODNR reservation site, but no openings. :cry:
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Re: Are thing THAT bad? (Empty campgrounds!)

Unread postby mountainman on Tue Sep 23, 2008 10:31 am

The thing that we have noticed in our travels to some 23 campgrounds this year is that there are very few license plates other than in state and the adjacent state in the campgrounds. In Oregon we seen quite a few California and fewer Washington plates. Most of the time in Colorado you only see Colorado plates. In Idaho, and Wyoming you mostly see in state plates with some exceptions in more popular areas. I would guess that might be an indication that people are staying closer to home.
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Re: Are thing THAT bad? (Empty campgrounds!)

Unread postby cwit on Tue Sep 23, 2008 4:42 pm

The campgrounds in our area are doing about half the business from last year. :(
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Re: Are thing THAT bad? (Empty campgrounds!)

Unread postby Limey on Tue Sep 23, 2008 6:54 pm

Interesting topic.

We camped at Golden Gate State Park here in Colorado last weekend. When we arrived the sign said that the campground was full unless you had a reservation (we did).

Over the weekend we noted that only about 50% of the sites were occupied. The silly thing is, that to make a reservation, you have to pay in advance, so those folks lost their money by not turning up. However, they did save the fuel cost, but most of the campers are from the Denver metro area and it's not that far - only 68 mies each way for me.

The weather was great, the scenery was wonderful and they don't know what they missed1
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Re: Are thing THAT bad? (Empty campgrounds!)

Unread postby fla-gypsy on Tue Sep 23, 2008 7:35 pm

Reservation are a must in this area. Impossible to get a weekend spot without it.
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Re: Are thing THAT bad? (Empty campgrounds!)

Unread postby Rough2000 on Thu Sep 25, 2008 7:39 pm

This past weekend things were full at Lake Catherine State Park here in Arkansas. It's getting to be the best time of year down here. Another month great color. We seemed to have a lot of Texas plates from people that had left hurricane Ike.
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Re: Are thing THAT bad? (Empty campgrounds!)

Unread postby thetwoofus on Thu Sep 25, 2008 9:28 pm

I have to agree with Skip about being a "kids back in school" thing.. At least here in Mi it seems that way. We've taken our grand kids to a couple State Parks and they've been full of kids and all the sites are full. Now they're almost empty because the kids are back in school and most vacations are done.
That makes it kind of nice for us who like to drive around the park and find the best site. :roll:
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Re: Are thing THAT bad? (Empty campgrounds!)

Unread postby JQSpree on Thu Sep 25, 2008 9:35 pm

We camped at Donner Lake State Park, in the Sierra Nevada near Truckee and not far from Lake Tahoe on the weekend after Labor Day (US) and it was not completely full. Not sure if that was due to the season or economy. There was a large search and rescue training exercise there that weekend that had over 400 people there so, again, it is hard to say what would have been. On Monday, there was almost no one there except us and a few others.
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Re: Are thing THAT bad? (Empty campgrounds!)

Unread postby JQSpree on Thu Sep 25, 2008 9:35 pm

We camped at Donner Lake State Park, in the Sierra Nevada near Truckee and not far from Lake Tahoe on the weekend after Labor Day (US) and it was not completely full. Not sure if that was due to the season or economy. There was a large search and rescue training exercise there that weekend that had over 400 people there so, again, it is hard to say what would have been. On Monday, there was almost no one there except us and a few others.
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Re: Are thing THAT bad? (Empty campgrounds!)

Unread postby dakotakid on Fri Sep 26, 2008 9:06 pm

we are at Merriam ks the Walnut Grove Rv Park and this place is packed. We had a placed reserved for a year. It might have something to do with Nascar this weekend, the reason were here and the year reservation. Are all campgrounds this cool with friendly folks willing to talk about whatever.?
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Re: Are thing THAT bad? (Empty campgrounds!)

Unread postby Zinger on Sun Sep 28, 2008 12:08 pm

We went this weekend (rainy) there were alot more people there than I expected.
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Re: Are thing THAT bad? (Empty campgrounds!)

Unread postby PrivatePilot on Mon Sep 29, 2008 10:29 pm

mountainman wrote:The thing that we have noticed in our travels to some 23 campgrounds this year is that there are very few license plates other than in state and the adjacent state in the campgrounds.


This was unmistakable during our summer trip out west - few few campgrounds we were in had out of state plates, and those that did were basically adjacent states like you mentioned. We cruised into more then a few parks without reservations on everything from June/July weekends right through to the 4th of July weekend and never had a problem finding a spot, a fact which seemed to indicate lots of people were staying home.

The fact that we were on our trip at the absolute peak of the gas prices we endured this summer probably had a lot to do with these facts, but at a lot of parks people were almost stupefied to see our Ontario license plates and realize we were several thousand miles from home when everyone else was either barely moving, or not going far at all.
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Re: Are thing THAT bad? (Empty campgrounds!)

Unread postby crazyaboutcampin on Tue Sep 30, 2008 8:21 am

We went to Woodhead Park on Brownlee Reservoir on the Snake River in Hell's Canyon last week. School is back in session, everyone is back to work. We pulled in on Wednesday expecting our pick of sites. WRONG!! Doesn't anybody work anymore? It was 90% full. :o

We like to get a double site. It is easier to park the truck and boat beside the off loaded camper. Not this time. All were taken. Some by econo boxes with tent trailers who didn't need them. :roll:

We jammed into a single spot. But the weather was perfect with 80 degree days and cool nights. The crappie were biting like crazy. Enjoyed visiting with other campers. We pulled out Saturday morning so a working stiff could have the site. ;)
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Re: Are thing THAT bad? (Empty campgrounds!)

Unread postby Filthy Beast on Tue Sep 30, 2008 9:23 am

Went to the Grand Canyon last week. Although it wasn't full, there were few sites open, even though it was during the week. Lots of tourist from overseas because of the weak dollar.
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