Social Distancing: Snagging Coveted Camping Spots

If You Wait, You Might Not Get In To Popular Campgrounds

We discovered the Park Rapids area in Tuesday’s show. It’s the gateway to Itasca State Park, one of the most beautiful and most popular spots in our region. It’s the birthplace of the Mississippi River! Of course people are going to want to hang out there. But if you’re looking for some socially distanced fun this summer, I’ve got some…

Car camping workshop provides helpful tips on enduring the outdoors

"The car camping route is going to make outdoors accessible for more people and that's why I really think it's going to become more and more popular."

MOORHEAD. N.D. — One local business is helping community members stay warm, comfy and cozy while spending prolonged periods of time inside their cars. Nature of the North welcomed campers to a virtual workshop on how to survive the outdoors in your car. The class included tips such as covering car windows and doors with good insulation like wool blankets…

North Dakota reports record camping numbers amid pandemic

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota’s 13 state parks have hit record camping numbers during the coronavirus pandemic. The state’s Parks and Recreation Department reported a 35% increase in campsite nights from May 1-Oct. 31 compared to the same period in 2019. Camping boomed in September and October over 2019. Annual park pass sales were up 18% this year from 2019….

Social Distancing: Vacation Time

Plus, the show goes on when a theater group performs shows for the public from a balcony

  I just got back from a mini vacation. My original plan were blown up by the pandemic, so I tried to come up with a socially distanced vacation. So my girlfriend and I went camping in Northern Minnesota. It checked off all the social distancing boxes. Outdoors! Lots of space! Thunderstorms! Mother Nature sure didn’t make it easy on…

Social Distancing: Setting Up Camp

Leisure time takes a lot more thought than it used to during the pandemic

  Leisure time takes a lot more thought than it used to during the pandemic. I’ve been trying to plan a socially distanced vacation, and I settled on camping. Over the weekend I tested out my new tent to make sure there aren’t any surprises when we get to our campsite. It’s kind of amazing they fit everything for the…

Social Distancing: Camping Tips

You Give Me Your Camping Tips As I Plan A Social Distance Vacation

  I’ve been trying to come up with some socially distanced vacation ideas. I settled on camping. I went camping all the time when I was a kid. But it’s been a while so I needed to re-stock up on pretty much everything I need. So I asked you for some ideas. Thanks for the advice, guys. Sue wrote, “Unless…

Social Distancing: Getting Away

Trying To Plan A Social Distanced Vacation

  Recreation isn’t the same this summer as it was before COVID-19. Packed lakes during the 4th of July weekend drew a lot of scorn. Trying to come up with a vacation plan can be a challenge if you want to social distance. I’ve got a few days off coming up later this month. I was originally going to the…

DNR Beginning Phased Reopening Of Campgrounds in Minnesota

The DNR will open 75 remote campsites in state parks for use Memorial Day weekend, most of which have existing reservations. Another 80 remote sites are expected to be ready by next Friday.

MINNESOTA — The DNR says they are beginning a phased reopening of its campgrounds. The DNR is allowing dispersed and remote camping at state forests and some parks. “Dispersed camping is for hardy campers who are used to camping without amenities so you do have to pack in and pack out everything,” Assistant Communications Director for the Office Of Communication…