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Published August 30, 2009, 09:03 AM

Campsites still available for end of season

If you're looking for one last summer vacation next weekend, you luck has arrived. Plenty of campsites are still open at Minnesota state parks.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

(WDAY TV) - If you're looking for one last summer vacation next weekend, you luck has arrived. Plenty of campsites are still open at Minnesota state parks. About 30 percent haven't been reserved; another 30 percent are first come first serve.

People without reservations are being told to come Thursday morning if they want to get a site. For more information, call 1-866-857-2757.

It appears more people are staying closer to home this summer. Visits to North Dakota and Minnesota state parks are up. Park Directors say it’s a way to still get away and save money at the same time.

North Dakota parks have seen 311 thousand people in the second quarter. That's up 18 thousand. Minnesota numbers are also significantly up.

"So we're up about 15% for the summer and as far as total park visitors, people coming in about 20%."

The spike in visits is also attributed to Canadians coming south.

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