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Published May 28, 2011, 06:03 PM

Grand Forks Campgrounds Have A Busy Holiday Weekend

Parks in the Grand Forks area are already seeing a lot of campers this holiday weekend. With some owners worried about a late season, this is a good sign.

Parks in the Grand Forks area are already seeing a lot of campers this holiday weekend.

With some owners worried about a late season, this is a good sign.

There's nothing like a long weekend to take in a little nature.

"I like when we like eat outside." 4-year-old Bella Johnson said.

"We walk on the trails, we ride bikes and play at the park." 8-year-old Ashlee Larson said.

Darin Larson and his family have camped at Turtle River State Park for 8 years. It's a chance to meet up with friends.

"We're here with 4 families and we just kid around, sit around the campfire, it's a lot of fun." Larson said.

Campgrounds in the Grand Forks area are busier then they though they would be this holiday weekend after a long winter and a rainy spring.

Even a little rain didn't stop both the Turtle River State Park and Grand Forks campgrounds from filling up. Owners say it's a good sign so early in the season.

"I was kind of nervous this spring with the gas prices being up there that maybe there wouldn't be as much traffic coming though, but it's been good so far, I'm happy with it." Grand Forks campground owner Al Shane said.

"We're just about full on the camping side so we've got a lot of RV campers." Turtle River State Park manager Steve Crandall said.

Whether campers are staying in tents, cabins or Rv's..nature enthusiasts like Larson enjoy themselves even when the parks are full.

"You know you don't notice so much, even if it is fully busy, I mean you're so spread out here it doesn't really matter." Larson said.

It costs under 30-dollars a night to stay at either campground.

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