It’s been a tough start to the summer for some campground owners in Oklahoma, television station KOKI reported.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cancelled campsite reservations Friday (June 19) on Lake Eufala and Tenkiller.
On some other lakes, however, business is booming.
Jim Hassel, the owner of Stoney Ridge Campground, said he cannot believe how busy they are.
He has been answering between 60 and 70 calls a day.
“People are just crying for places,” he said. “They’ve offered to pay me double my rates even to ensure them a spot.”
Hassel worked Monday to clean up from a full weekend of campers in his RV park and cabins.
“Memorial weekend was a busy, and usually that’s a big weekend for us, so this has been a blessing to us,” Hassel said. “God has blessed us with the right people at the right time for our business here.”
The RV park is booked through the end of July, with a big holiday weekend ahead.
“I’ve gotten calls started in January for reserving the 4th, so people who are calling now are kind of looking for a spot anywhere,” Hassel said.
He explained he has also been busy trying to keep his campground in tip-top shape.
“The rains we’ve had tore up my road,” Hassel said. “I put rock down, and it’s washed away again.” Monday, he took advantage of the dry weather to fix the road.
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