MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Labor Day Weekend marks the “official” end of the summer and the Minnesota DNR wants you to know there are still plenty of campsites available at state parks.

Officials with the Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday six parks had at least 20 sites that were available to reserve, while seven had 15 open sites.

About 30 percent of campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

“A lot of the campsites are filling up quickly,” said Pat Arndt of the Minnesota DNR.

She suggested if you want to take advantage of the first-come, first-serve options, you should act quickly.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Susie Jones Reports

Kelly and Mark Amon are camping out in their new camper.

“It’s a big learning curve for us right now.” Mark said.

They are staying at William O’Brien with their son Cooper and a neighbor. Cooper said he was looking forward to climbing on the nearby rocks.

“I do it when my mom is not looking.” Cooper said.

Kelly said it’s nice to get away from the city, even with the mosquitos.

“After working the week, it’s nice to get away,” she said.

Another option to consider are group campsites.

“50 bucks a night, take your neighbors, your family, your friends and split the costs,” Arndt said.

St. Croix State Park is still closed because of storm damage. Arndt said it’s likely to re-open to daily visitors the second week in September, but no word on when it will be open to campers.

Click here for information and availability on all state parks.


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