Act fast if you want to camp at a state park over the Memorial Day or Fourth of July weekends.
According to officials with the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, campsites are filling up early this year, especially in the Thousand Islands region.
Statewide, camp reservations are up by 2,500 from the same day last year, Kevin A. Kieff, regional director for the state parks office, said Friday afternoon. The Thousand Islands region alone, we account for nearly half of that increase, although we only have a quarter of the total campsites in the state.
So far, about 2,500 more reservations have been made for 16,000 additional camp nights across the state, compared with 2011.
In the Thousand Islands state parks system, 13,409 campsite reservations have been made so far which is 1,099 more reservations for 7,983 additional nights over last year.
A surprising 85 percent of reservations have been made online, instead of over the phone, Mr. Kieff said.
Its shaping up to be a great season, Mr. Kieff said. People still have a chance to get a spot over the more popular July and holiday weekends, but Id like to remind them that the electric campsites go first.
Mr. Kieff said he believes the easy winter got people thinking about summer early this year.
Also, he said, when gas prices are high and the economy is struggling, people tend to stay closer to home and vacation at state parks a nearby and more affordable getaway.
Some Thousand Islands region state parks will open as early as May 4, and all parks will be welcoming visitors by May 24, Mr. Kieff said.
Campsite reservations may be made through ReserveAmerica at 1 (800) 456-2267 or online.