A wet spring throughout sections of the U.S. has left some park owners with a mess to cleanup, while also trying to welcome campers as the camping season hits high gear.
Wanda Bailey, co-owner of Bach-acher’s Campsites in Himrod, N.Y., a 25-site campground on the western shore of Seneca Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes region, reports the park has had a wet season so far, but the rain hasn’t negatively impacted their facility or camping season.
To date, only two people have canceled reservations, but cited other reasons besides weather.
“We have a good grade, so the water can run off,” she mentioned.
Suffering from a power outage one day, Bailey said the campers adjusted and despite the rain this has been the park’s busiest season yet.
“You wouldn’t believe the number of people we’ve turned away this year (for seasonal and transient sites),” she highlighted. “More and more people are camping, I’m not sure if it’s from all the wineries around here, but it’s sad we don’t have the room to fit all of them.”
Gregg and Kelly Nicholls, owners of Lake Bluff Campground in Wolcott, N.Y., noted that they have had a very wet season so far as well. The rain and flooding that they have experienced has made it difficult to prepare their park for the busy summer season.
The Nicholls have brought in over 100 tons of gravel to firm up sites and help accommodate their guests.
Kathy Dyer, executive director of the Maine Campground Owners Association, noted that a lot of owners are dealing with “very wet” sites as flooding has receded, but rain continues to be an issue.
“Parks along the rivers have encountered the greatest impact,” she explained. “But we are beginning to have some dryer and warmer days.”
She said that even though the weather has been wet, park owners are still reporting strong numbers.
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