August 20, 2009

Visitation to state parks up in 2009

The numbers are in and the results prove that the lake and surrounding areas were the place to be this summer. Visitation to North Dakota’s state parks is up 6 percent in the second quarter relative to the same period last year with over 311,000 people visiting as compared to 293,000 in 2008. Through the first half of 2009 park visits are up 4 percent. Camping numbers at state parks are up 5 percent.

"State parks remain popular and economical family getaways," Parks and Recreation director Doug Prchal said. "A late spring, complicated by cold temperatures and flooding, meant a slow start to the season, but once the weather straightened out, the parks have been a popular and welcome getaway with visitors."

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