Near home, far enough: Campers staying close by
LAKE GENEVA The sluggish economy has forced increasing numbers of camping enthusiasts to seek haven in the great outdoors much closer to home.
And many of them are taking the whole idea of “staycation” to another level, pitching their tents or parking their campers only minutes away rather than hours, allowing them to enjoy the peace and tranquility while still participating in other family activities.
Anne Korman has been manager at Big Foot Beach State Park in Lake Geneva since May 2007 and said that many visitors to the 271-acre site plan their stays with exactly that kind of strategy in mind.
“We have families who come here to the park for a week while their children are attending soccer camp at Badger High School,” said Korman, who has worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for 23 years, including 15 at the Richard Bong State Recreation Area southeast of Burlington.
Korman said the trend definitely has been for families to spend their hard-earned cash at nearby facilities ... CONTINUED