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Resorts, campgrounds still welcoming summer reservations

Minnesota's many great resorts and campgrounds just completed a busy Fourth of July week and the Minnesota Resort and Campground Association wants to make sure that people know there are still plenty of openings for the remainder of the summer and into fall. An informal survey of MRCA members shows that many destinations still have vacancies for even peak times and they encourage your calls and reservations.

MRCA President Tom Kavanaugh (Kavanaugh's Sylvan Lake Resort, Brainerd) says that the industry is changing. "While we appreciate advance reservations made several months ahead, the fact is that we're seeing a lot of short range planning today. That means many resorts and campgrounds often have openings until the last minute so don't assume that you're too late to get in at your preferred tourism destination."

While the state has seen storm damage around Duluth and more recently in areas around Grand Rapids and Bemidji, almost all tourism businesses in the state are operating at full capacity and are eager to welcome visitors. Some North Shore resorts in particular have been unfairly affected by Duluth flooding. "Some properties saw numerous cancellations from all the negative news coverage," said MRCA Executive Vice President Dan McElroy, "but they're an hour or more away from the affected area."

Kavanaugh noted that it's a fantastic summer to visit a Minnesota resort or campground. "We've had wonderful temperatures, the foliage is green and lush and the lakes are warm. We'd love to have people calling us for reservations, even at the last minute, and I'm sure any resort or campground would welcome last minute inquiries!"

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