Campgrounds in the Upper Mississippi Valley region reported Thursday (May 27) they are booked or nearly full for the Memorial Day weekend.

“It’s the start of the summer and everyone has Monday off, so it’s a nice three-day weekend and the perfect time to go camping,” said Moses Simon, an employee at Prairie Island Campground.

All 216 of the campground’s sites have been reserved for the weekend and a waiting list started, Simon told the Winona (Minn.) Daily News.

Perrot State Park campground near Trempealeau, Wis., has had all spaces reserved for Memorial Day weekend for about six weeks. The holiday weekend typically fills up quickly, park manager Lois Larson said.

The prospect of a pleasant weekend helps, but, “Even if the weather is bad, we fill up on Memorial Day weekend,” said Ida Christenson, manager of Goose Island campground just south of La Crosse, Wis.

All of the campground’s sites with electric and water hookups have been reserved, she said, but they still have tent sites.

“We’ll never run out of tent sites — we’ll find a spot for them somewhere,” Christenson said.

Veterans Memorial Campground near West Salem, Wis., doesn’t take reservations, but about 3/4 of its 128 sites already were occupied by Thursday morning, manager Darlene Guinn said.

Campground traffic typically starts to pick up Memorial Day weekend, but people started coming a few weeks earlier this year because of the nice weather, campground managers said.

Perrot was packed two weeks ago as well, and that’s not typical, Larson said.

“If the weather is nice, they get that itch and they want to get out and go camping,” said Larson.

The rest of the summer is filling up, too. Electrical sites already are reserved for many weekends at Perrot and Goose Island. Weekends around the July 4 and Labor Day holidays tend to book quickly, park managers said.