Government shutdown could put a hold on camping at state parksGlyndon, Minn. (WDAY TV) - With warmer temperatures finally here, hopefully to stay, camping season is fully underway in Minnesota, but it could be very short lived. A possible government shutdown in the state could mean a shut down of the State Park system.
Melissa Buckle and her family come to Buffalo River State Park at least once a week during the summer.
Melissa Buckle – Camping with Family: “It's close to home and it's a perfect spot for kids swimming and the kids love it here.”
But a possible shutdown of the Minnesota Government on July 1st could mean an end to their summer tradition.
Buckle: “It's peaceful, it's quiet and if they shut it down then where we going to go?”
Officials from Buffalo River State Park would not comment on camera, but they do tell us, they are already 80-percent booked for July 4th weekend.
Bob Sombke - Camping from Thief River Falls: “We have reservations at state parks for most of the summer here. If they do that we won't be able to camp at them obviously.”
All campers we spoke with were outraged at the thought of eliminating one of their favorite summer activities.
Drew Lockwood - Fargo: “I think that's there job is to come to an agreement. I think this is something they should have figured out a long time ago.”
Sombke: :If they can't get together and figure this out, there's really something wrong with them out there.”
For now, campers will take advantage of their last couple of guaranteed weekends before they might have to shut their camper doors for good this summer. Our calls to the D-N-R were not returned.