Campgrounds fill up for Memorial Day weekend despite rain

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GARRETSON, S.D. (KELO) — Memorial Day Weekend is a popular time for people to pack up and head camping. One of those places is Palisades State Park. 

The rain cleared up at Palisades State Park Monday afternoon. A break in the rainy weather brought Angie and James Ruckman and their family out to enjoy the park.

“We are out just trying to enjoy this beautiful place. So we came out and brought our nephews down, they’re out trying to do some hiking right now. It didn’t quite turn out as nice as we thought it would be, but it’s still such a beautiful place,” Angie Ruckman said.

In fact, before the rain started, this place was packed.

“During the day when it’s nice, this weekend it was really busy. Like it was said, cars were backing up and had quite a few people out, just enjoying the day,” District Park Supervisor Luke Dreckman said.

Memorial day weekend is one of the busiest weekends of the camping season, but the wet spring has affected turnout.

“The wet spring has definitely played an impact. It seems like it’s taking people a little longer to get out and they don’t want to come out during the rain so hopefully if the weather turns around, people can get out and about and enjoy the park,” Dreckman said.

But Dreckman is anticipating the campground to fill up into the rest of the season.

“We have 34 campsites here, including the nonelectrical. So not as many as a lot of the other parks, we’re a pretty small park compared to the rest of them. But, we fill them up,” Dreckman said.

But a day well spent for the Ruckmans.

“We’ve been looking at some of the history, enjoying the history. We went over to the ‘Devil’s Gultch’ and showed the boys that and that was pretty neat to read up on the history of that,” Angie Ruckman said.

Dreckman says, next weekend the campground is also booked full.

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