A press release from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources:
Following a busy summer season during which the number of occupied campsites increased 9 percent over 2008, business continues to boom at Minnesota state parks, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
A report released this week shows vehicle permit sales for September
2009 were the highest on record, with sales of annual permits up 36
percent from September 2008 and sales of daily permits up 32 percent.
“The warm weather earlier this fall has definitely been a
contributing factor,” said Courtland Nelson, director of the DNR’s
Parks and Trails Division, “but other factors have also likely
influenced the increases we’re seeing in our attendance and sales.”
For example, Nelson said, in response to research conducted in 2007 on what was keeping young families from spending more time outdoors, the Division has expanded the number of family-oriented interpretive programs it offers at Minnesota state parks, launched an extremely popular statewide geocaching program, and built more camper cabins (25 were added in 2008 alone).