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MN: 3 last-minute camping options

(June 11, 2018) -- No one wants to arrive, bags packed, to find another family in their spot. Thus, no more “first-come, first-served” sites in state parks, said the Department of Natural Resources in 2016. Too unpredictable. Those locations—up to 30 percent of campsites in the state—are now open to reserve online, including on the day you get there.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Sunday: Your Facebook friend gloat-posts about camping in Gooseberry Falls. You decide it was a mistake not to plan a camping trip this summer.

Monday: You decide to plan a camping trip this summer.

Those enviable North Shore destinations are all booked. But this is Minnesota. There are ways to get out camping by Monday evening—or, if you need time to, you know, get ready and stuff, later in the week works, too.

Here are some tips for last-minute camping endeavors:

1. Forget “first-come, first-served” campsites. Try same-day reservation.

No one wants to arrive, bags packed, to find another family in their spot. Thus, no more “first-come, first-served” sites in state parks, said the Department of Natural Resources in 2016. Too unpredictable. Those locations—up to 30 percent of campsites in the state—are now open to reserve online, including on the day you get there.

Read the full story from Minnesota Monthly.

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About Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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