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Northland campgrounds exceeding summer expectations

Sep 07, 2020 07:55AM ● By Editor
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By Ryan Compeau of KBJR-TV - September 6, 2020

The pandemic has thrown a wrench in business plans for almost everyone but campgrounds are thriving up the Northshore, especially on a holiday weekend.

"It has been a magnificent summer," said Pennie Burton, owner of Penmarallter Campground.

With most summer activities postponed or canceled, campgrounds are seeing numbers like they never have been.

"We have had people from 49 states visit us. We have been just about full every weekend. Weekdays are just like weekends," said Burton.

Northshore campgrounds, like Penmarallter in Two Harbors, are located near popular tourist destinations, making booking campsites that much easier.

"I think one of the best parts of having this job is being able to share where I live. The beauty of the Northshore, Lake Superior, all the state parks, national forests," said Burton.

Penmarallter isn't the only campground having a summer to remember.

"In the three years that I have been working here, this is the busiest summer that we have had. I think we've been full most nights, and if we do to start out the day with any openings, we have them full by the end of the night," said Rachel Fleming, officer worker at Burlington Bay Campground.

Just a short drive north in Two Harbors, sits Burlington Bay, a larger campground, but just like the others, making sure proper protocols are followed.

"We do ask people to do their social distancing, wear their mask inside, and make sure the campground is clean for them. We deep clean the bathrooms and stuff regularly and make sure that it can be as safe and clean as possible," said Fleming.

Both Burton and Fleming add that there is little to no room left to apply for a site on the grounds from now until the end of the season.

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