ND state parks report record-breaking camping numbers for 2020
FARGO — The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department had its highest number of campers recorded in the department's history during the 2020 season, the department announced via a press release.
The department reported a 35% increase in campsite nights this season compared to 2019. The camping increase was a trend in the 13 state parks across North Dakota, all of which were open and operating under CDC guidelines.
Typically, North Dakota's camping season runs from May through August; however, this season, the largest increase in camping numbers was seen during September and October. September had a 173% increase and October saw a 339% increase in camping numbers from the 2019 season.
The Parks and Recreation Department believes the warmer weather played a part in the increased numbers this fall in addition to the outside environment. The department also saw an increase in in-state visitors, while visitation from out-of-state campers dropped 5%.
The department recently introduced an updated volunteer program. Volunteer opportunities, including being a campground host, are open for this winter and the upcoming 2021 camping season. Visit parkrec.nd.gov/business/our-team/volunteering for more information.
Vehicle permits for 2021 also rolled out recently. Vehicle permits allow access into any of the 13 North Dakota state parks throughout the year. They can be purchased online at www.parkrec.nd.gov and all state park locations.