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Old 07-31-2017, 10:54 AM   #29
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As full-timers with spontaneous movement, it has been brutal out there trying to camp. My parents are flying into Minneapolis next week to camp with us, which I was so excited about until I tried to find a campground about a month and a half in advance. It was completely impossible.

There's no viable alternative I can see though. It's just painful watching all the first come first served sites disappear
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Old 07-31-2017, 11:44 AM   #30
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Did you check on the National Forest campgrounds in Minnesota? I know the ones in Colorado have sites that are not reserve-able and are first come first serve. For the weekends they go fast and are usually occupied on Thursday for the rest of weekend. Many of the reserve-able sites are available during the week but not on weekends.
I didn't look at any National Forest camping in Minnesota. We reserved Gooseberry Falls SP, MN and Judge CR Magney SP, MN a YEAR in advance for camping along the North Shore. At Voyageurs NP, we stayed at Woodenfrog State Park, non-reserve-able, but we had arrangements at another place (an overflow campsite at a resort, which we could cancel at any time) in case there weren't any available. It's so far North and out of the way, that it was only half full on a Saturday night.

I printed off the entire list of Colorado National Forest first come first serve sites, but we always make reservations, so have yet to use them.
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Old 07-31-2017, 01:10 PM   #31
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I have actually seen people drop a trailer mid week pay the fees and leave just so they will have one of those "first come first serve" sites available for the weekend. I think that shouldn't be allowed as it takes up a site (fees paid or not) that another camper could actually use.

I am also disappointed that a growing number of campgrounds require a reservation, but I have seen where some campgrounds on Reserve America that have spaces available won't let you reserve them just a few days out, leaving those available to first come first servers...but they have to be out by "X" of the month too as someone else has it reserved...
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Old 07-31-2017, 01:42 PM   #32
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I refuse to camp at Walmart or Cracker Barrel , it just goes against my conscience.
Just wondering why that would be a matter of conscience?
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Old 07-31-2017, 02:03 PM   #33
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I refuse to camp at Walmart or Cracker Barrel , it just goes against my conscience.
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Just wondering why that would be a matter of conscience?
We choose not to eat at Cracker Barrel and we seldom shop at Walmart (Avoid Walmart if at all possible )
If we won't spend our money at these businesses then we don't think it right to freeload in their parking lot.
Goes against our sense of right and wrong . YMMV
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Old 07-31-2017, 02:05 PM   #34
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Some Walmarts/Cracker Barrels provide a somewhat safe place for an overnight, however, there are Walmarts in areas I know of that I would never feel safe at for staying in the camper overnight.

That said we did stay in a Walmart overnight in Crawfordville FL as the Ochlockonee River State Park was gated and we didn't have a code to get in as we arrived around midnight (ranger didn't tell us that on the phone earlier that day...just to "come on in and get your spot and pay in the morning"...right). We had our bikes (3) inside plus chairs and a table on the bed so we had to unload all of that in order to sleep inside. We put the table & chairs in the van and chained the bikes to the tongue. We opened the window and turn on our Hengs fan using our battery but it was still very hot and not a very comfortable nights sleep. Not to mention the noise of cars going by with the window open...
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Old 07-31-2017, 02:12 PM   #35
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I don't eat at Cracker Barrel and I seldom shop at Walmart
(Avoid Walmart if at all possible )
If I won't spend my money at these businesses then I don't think it right to freeload in their parking lot.
Goes against my sense of right and wrong . YMMV
I can understand your reasons for avoiding Walmart, but why Cracker Barrel? They have some great food and I have never had a bad experience there. Matter of fact the last one we went to one of the corporate office "big whigs" was in that location checking to make sure everything was as it should be...they always appear very clean, excellent and friendly service from the staff too. Can't say the same for many other chain restaurants we have walked in to and walked back out of...
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Old 07-31-2017, 02:26 PM   #36
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Booked out state parks is bad news

This is sad news but not entirely surprising. Many folks on both sides of the border seem wedded to the idea of low taxes and constantly push to get taxes lowered even more. But they never stop complaining of a lack of government services - be it education, better roads or more state park campgrounds.

But freezing out tourism also hits state economies. As a Canadian, as it gets harder and harder to get into US state parks and no new US National Park or State Park campgrounds get built, then we simply travel less to the US. It's all rather silly.

Smart moves to try and control abuse include limiting stays in any campground to a maximum number of nights (e.g. 3-7 depending on the type of state park) and raising prices significantly so that the camping operation is self funding and can be expanded more easily. Many parks seems to close down too early in October, which is another problem, given that the weather is much warmer in the fall than it was 25 years ago.
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Sounds like its time to open up a campground!
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Old 07-31-2017, 04:23 PM   #38
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We had no trouble getting into MI state parks on the lake when gas was almost $5, guess we could hope for that again. Making reservations is cheaper.
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When travelling, spending each night in a different place, we try to avoid destination campgrounds like state parks. Not only are they likely to be busy but they tend to be expensive because they provide amenities we are not likely to use but have to be paid for. Because of the senior discount we like NFS and Army Corp campgrounds but more and more of these are now taking reservations and fill on weekends. One option not mentioned are the numerous county and city park campgrounds. These tend to be first come first serve and in general are less expensive than state parks. To find them you really need a campground app. The one I use is Allstays. Though limited, the version I have can be used without an internet connection. We've never stayed at a Walmart but they are listed too.
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You might not be surprised to learn that you not only need a reservation for this campsite, you also need to make the reservation within about five minutes after the booking window opens. Its a case of supply and demand, with a very great demand.
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You might not be surprised to learn that you not only need a reservation for this campsite, you also need to make the reservation within about five minutes after the booking window opens. Its a case of supply and demand, with a very great demand.
That is a beautiful campsite Gordon and I assume that is your Scamp? Where is this place and does it have a name?
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Old 08-01-2017, 08:13 AM   #42
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That is a beautiful campsite Gordon and I assume that is your Scamp? Where is this place and does it have a name?
Yes that is my Scamp from last year, and I plan to be back there (at a nearby site) in a few days.

Of course the more people that know about this wonderful State Park on the St, Lawrence river, the more competition there is for the limited reservations. But I can give you a hint.. check the filename of the photo
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