State parks to offer next day reservations

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Posted Wednesday, May 14, 2014 --- 6:56 p.m.

A glowing campfire and being out in nature are many of the things people find relaxing about camping. Sometimes, if you want to bring the family out to a state park, making reservations can be a little stressful.

In Wisconsin, state park reservations can be made up to 11 months in advance, and a lot of times, that's how early sites fill up.

This year, five Wisconsin state parks will make a change that may make camping easier for last-minute planners.

It's part of a new pilot program. Big Bay State Park, Devil's Lake State Park, Kohler-Andrae State Park, Peninsula State Park and Perrot State Park will allow next day reservations.

Devra Siebert has been a camper for life.

"I would go with my kids up there and we would be in the woods with the kids so it was very fun," said Devra Siebert, recalling camping trips with the family.

These days she's still a big camper, but she and her husband, Doug, have upgraded.

"We have a Winnebago Class C; just got it!" said Devra Siebert.

Today, they're stopping at Camping World on their way to Prairie du Chien. The store is busier these days. Memorial Day means campers come in to stock up.

"We've actually been really busy. It's that time of year that people are coming to get their supplies," said Derek Hanson a Camping World associate.

They camp often enough to know the drill when it comes to state park reservations.

"Already next year we've got reservations for two different state parks," said Doug Siebert.

"11 months," said Devra Siebert.

"That's as early as they allow you to, and they book," added Doug Siebert.

State parks hope families like the Siebert's will get out more this year because of next day reservations. Moving restrictions up to one day prior allows campers to take advantage of reservations cancelled last minute.

It's already benefited the Siebert's at Florida State Parks.

"That's how we got into Anastasia this last time," said Doug Siebert.

"Right, someone cancelled," said Devra Siebert.

"We called and someone had cancelled," added Doug Siebert.

They believe they'll take advantage of the change in their home state.

"We like Wisconsin because we live here and we will be camping a lot. Ashland area is beautiful," Devra Siebert.

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