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Park reservation system changed

Signs are now posted at the camping sites at Chippewa Park letting campers know sites can only be reserved online. (Contributed)

If you have plans to camp at Chippewa Park this summer, Brad Bonk wants you to know the reservation system has changed.

Bonk, Douglas County parks superintendent, said campsites can now only be booked via the park's online reservation system.

"Campers used to just book on a first-come, first-served basis, but now sites can only be reserved online," said Bonk.

In addition, he said the county has put in electricity at 12 of the campground's 14 sites.

Letters were sent to all customers who have camped at Chippewa Park for the past three years notifying them of the change, Bonk said. Signs will also be posted at each of the sites.

The online reservation system will go live beginning today, Friday, May 11.

Chippewa Park is nestled between Devils and Little Chippewa Lake in Brandon Township. The park dates to 1985 when a group organized as the West Douglas County Park and Historical Development Association approached the Douglas County Board of Commissioners about buying a piece of property known as "Hilliards Park."

The property was owned by Hilliard and Delores Nelson for about 50 years, according to the county website. As the Nelsons approached retirement, it was their wish that the park be saved and used for the future.

Chippewa Park is unique in that it's the only county park in Douglas County that supports camping. There are 14 total sites and a shower building at the campground.

The park is 37.25 acres and has facilities for small or large group picnics, and according to the website it is a popular spot for swimming and fishing.

For more information on the park's online reservation system and to make reservations, go to www.co.douglas.mn.us/dc/chippewa-park.aspx.

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. She enjoys running and has participated in nearly 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon distances.

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