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With the great forecast for Memorial Day weekend, lots of people are hitting the campgrounds early. Many sites have been booked for months.
In 2009, Memorial weekend in northern Indiana was filled with rainshowers. The month of May hasn’t been much better. But with the weather warming up, it’s a perfect storm for sites like Blue Lake Campground near Churubusco, Ind., according to WANE-TV< Fort Wayne.
“All of our RV sites are full,” Brian Schaper, owner of Blue Lakes Campground. “We do have primitive and tent sites available, but for the most part we’re pretty full for this weekend.”
Schaper owns several campsites around the area including Gordon’s and Atwood Lake campgrounds in Wolcottville, and Indian Springs campground in Garrett.
He says it’s going to be the busiest holiday weekend in the eight years of his ownership.
“This is actually the first Memorial Day weekend that we’ve been full,” said Schaper. “We were getting bookings in early April for this weekend.”
A packed site means 100 RVs, more than 250 people camping, and hundreds of boats on the water at a time.
“This lake will be pretty busy. It’s a speed lake so speed boats will be out,” said Schaper. “So there will be a few hundred out there this weekend.”
With more people on the water for the kickoff weekend, DNR officials encourage folks to be extra cautious.
“The main thing is being good defensive drivers when you’re out on the water,” said Clear. “You don’t have those skills that you had at the end of boating season last year, so take your time and have fun. Be safe.”
Safety tips to keep in mind inlcude wearing a life jacket, cleaning your headlights, renewing your registration, or idling near the shore.
As for many of the booked campgrounds, they’re excited for the boating season to begin.
“We’ve had rain every weekend leading up to Memorial weekend,” said Schaper. “So its been a pretty dismal spring. This looks to make up for it.”
There are still some openings at campsites in the area for the holiday weekend.