Numerous campgrounds have had to combat heavy snow and cooler temperatures this spring

Campground association directors are saying that RV park and campground owners in northern states have had to deal with unseasonably cool temperatures and in some areas late spring snowfall, which has slowed the start of the 2018 camping season.

Woodall’s Campground Management (WCM), sister publication to RVBusiness, reported that according to the National Weather Service, several areas in Wisconsin broke April snowfall records, with Green Bay seeing 24.2 inches in mid-April.

In Pennsylvania, Beverly Gruber, executive director of the Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association (PCOA), told WCM that it slowed down the process of preparing campgrounds for the camping season.

“We’re about a month behind what we have been before,” she explained. “It’s just been a slow start. I had one campground owner tell me that he’s getting tired of turning his water on and off because it freezes, and he said he has little fountains all over his campground.”

Lori Severson, executive director of the Wisconsin Association of Campground Owners (WACO), said that Wisconsin campgrounds have had a much cooler spring, delaying the start of the camping season.

“The campers have certainly been ready, but I don’t know that the campground owners have been, because obviously this has really shoved our spring season into June, so everybody is really scurrying to get ready and get everything opened up,” she noted.

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