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Published July 01, 2011, 06:25 PM

Some look for alternative in wake of closed parks

Sherin Park, MN (WDAY TV) - Thanks to the shutdown state parks are closed at their busiest time of the year. And it's left many holiday vacationers stranded. But several campers have found other outlets.

The Minnesota government shutdown may have dampened the spirits of some campers, but they've found refuge in other places like city and privately owned parks that are still open for business.

Just like she does every year, Manuela Nogowski planned a family reunion at Maplewood State Park for Fourth of July Weekend. That all came crashing down at midnight.

Manuela Nogowski – Having Familiy Reunion: ”I am so mad at Minnesota, really, really mad because that put everything out. Now we have to be bunched up just to have some space.”

Buffalo River and Maplewood state parks may be closed, but campgrounds like KOA in Moorhead and Sherin Park here in Pelican Rapids are still open for those holiday campers.

Nogowski arrived at Sherin Park at 7 AM this morning to make sure she had a spot. She says her family will tough it out this year, but something needs to change in St. Paul.

Manueal Nogowski: We try to do the best that we can but like I said, I work, but if I were to pull something like that I wouldn't be here, they would fire you so fast.

The State Parks are expected to lose more than one-million dollars in revenue for every week the shutdown continues.