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Category: UNSPECIFIED
Source: American News
Publish Date: Friday, May 16, 2008
Summary: High gas prices aren't keeping campers from visiting Wylie Park Campground this year, officials say. Cabins are booked solid and the RV sites are filling fast, said Vickie DeWalt, office manager with Parks, Recreation and Forestry.

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By Jackie Burke Grumish

May 16, 2008 (McClatchy-Tribune Regional News delivered by Newstex) --

High gas prices aren't keeping campers from visiting Wylie Park Campground this year, officials say.

Cabins are booked solid and the RV sites are filling fast, said Vickie DeWalt, office manager with Parks, Recreation and Forestry.

Weekend spots are so hard to come by that people are selling them.

City Councilman Jim Kraft said he saw a camper for sale that came with a weekend stay at Wylie.

Doug Johnson, parks and rec director, said it's acceptable for people to trade campsite reservations as long as the name is updated with the campground staff. There is no policy prohibiting people from selling their campground reservations, he said.

There are still a few dates open, DeWalt said. There are a few RV sites available on May 30-31, June 6-7 and Aug. 22-23, but all cabins are booked through Labor Day, she said.

When callers inquire about a booked weekend, their name goes on a waiting list, DeWalt said. Fourth of July weekend, the most popular weekend at Wylie, has more than 50 names on the waiting list. Campground sites for Fourth of July weekend sold out within two hours on opening day, she said.

Not all campground sites can be reserved, she said: 24 sites are first-come, first-serve.

"It helps that the Fourth of July is on a Friday," she said. "People want to be here early for all the festivities."

Fathers Day weekend (June 14-15) and the weekend of Arts in the Park (June 21-22) also have pretty long lists, she said.

When space becomes available -- usually when someone cancels -- campground workers turn to the waiting list, DeWalt said. Calls are made until someone answers and the reservation is filled, she said.

"We try to leave messages, but we're trying to get them filled as quickly as possible," she said. "If they didn't leave a work number and no one is home then we might move on to the next person on the list."

While the number of reservations hasn't changed from year to year, the number of people on the waiting list has, DeWalt said.

"I've seen longer lists for the Fourth of July," she said.

The campgrounds opened on April 18 -- just a week after a snowstorm dumped heavy snow on the area. This year's cold temperatures posed a pretty big challenge to workers trying to get the water turned on, DeWalt said.

About 35 campers visited Wylie Park last weekend, filling about a third of the campground sites, DeWalt said.

There are 92 RV and tent sites at Wylie Park Campground. There are seven cabins. Of those sites, the parks and rec department does not take reservations for 20 RV sites and four tent sites.

Wylie Park Campground

To reserve a site at Wylie Park Campground, call (605) 626-7015. Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. Fees for the sites include:

-- $36 per night for a cabin.

-- $23 per night for a RV site, plus a $1 nightly fee for sewer hookup.

-- $14 per night for a tent site.

More Photos

American News Photo by Dawn Dietrich-Sahli. Popular place: Wylie Park Campground in Aberdeen fills up fast every year. There are already more than 50 names on the waiting list for Fourth of July weekend.

Newstex ID: KRTB-0002-25331364


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