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Old 12-09-2012, 11:27 AM   #1
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2013 Booking up already?

Tried to make reservations at a state park.....Primo Site next to a lake for Memorial Day Weekend. Nope!! Already booked. Plenty more to look at but really how soon do you need to book for the holidays to get a good site? a Year or more?
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:30 AM   #2
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yup

Lake Powell well into 2015.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:15 AM   #3
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To get a good spot for Gettysburg 150th Anniversary Reenactment I needed to be camping IN that spot 1 year ahead of the event. It took me 4 visits over 2 years to work my way to the spot and be there for the 149th in order to make reservations for the 150th.

You have to do what you have to do; I suppose.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:45 AM   #4
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Wow....Ontario Provincial Parks allows reservarions no greater than 5 months in advance.

2015 - really? That kind of wait is depressing.
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:16 AM   #5
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Many state parks have a 6 month limit. I was on it the minute which was at 10am and not a second before to book sites for mem wknd. I have another date this coming Wed to book a site for June. I already know when I'll need to book for July 4th.

We're planning a trip to Glacier & Yellowstone and while I was able to book Yellowstone (Fishing Bridge's large sites are full, btw), I have to wait to book Glacier & several other places where we want to spend time. I know the earliest dates I can book and have several choices for sites at each place in mind. I hate to have to be so rigid in my schedule but I'd rather KNOW I have a site rather than hope I can get a site.

Even then it's a toss up because someone scheduling for an earlier arrival date has an advantage.
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:41 AM   #6
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Yep - fills up pretty quickly here, too.

Wisconsin State Parks are 11 months in advance and some of them fill up immediately. Busiest parks are Peninsula State Park and Devil's Lake SP. Basically, you have to be online or calling the moment things are available if you want electric and its a holiday weekend or any weekend in July and August.

Weekdays (for those of you who are retired), early June and after August generally fill up much slower. Non-electric sites are usually available for a bit longer, too.

One tip is to keep checking back on ReserveAmerica as you get closer to the camping dates you want as, oftentimes, campers who reserved something 10 or 11 months ago change their plans. We get a lot of nice sites like this.
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:09 AM   #7
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Of course in WI you only have the 3 days of summer to camp. I know, I'm orig from MN. Many years ago, joined the Navy, have not been back since.
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:35 PM   #8
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Of course in WI you only have the 3 days of summer to camp.
You've got that right! Tho, with the mild winters we have nowadays maybe we'll begin to extend our season.
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:50 PM   #9
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Depends on the reservation window. Last year we knew we were going to Custer State Park in South Dakota over Labor Day weekend. They opened up there reservations on January 2. I was online at midnight to get my reservation in. Not sure how quickly it filled up but I was going to make sure we got in.
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:33 PM   #10
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Here is California the popular campgrounds fill up in minutes for major holidays. The window for June 2013 opened up at 8:00am on Dec. 1 and at 8:05am all sites for San Clemente SB were booked for last day of June into the 4th of July holiday through ReserveAmerica.

Keep checking as people might cancel reservations closer to the date.
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