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Campers Enjoying State Parks

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The spring rain put a damper on state parks, including Fort Lincoln near Mandan. But the park has bounced back this 4th of July weekend with hundreds of visitors and activities.

People are out enjoying the sun, the outdoors and the Missouri River.

"We are just fishing, enjoying the wilderness. Last night was crazy watching all the fireworks and everything go off. I think everybody out here is just enjoying it, loving it," said camper Matthew Hadley.

Matthew Hadley decided to spend his weekend camping at Fort Lincoln State Park like several other visitors.

"Any busy weekend we could have close to 400 people just in the campground. We are sometimes bigger than some small towns in North Dakota," said park manager Dan Schelske.

Fourth of July weekend is notorious for bringing in visitors to Ft. Lincoln. Almost all 96 camp sites are full. The park sits along the Missouri River and there are also hiking trails and interpretive tours available.

"Come out and enjoy your state parks. We have got so many of them in the state and they are all within an hour drive of just about anywhere. Each one is different and each one has its own characteristics," said Schelske.

Despite reaching capacity, the park manager says there are constantly people coming in and out, so if you are interested in camping at Fort Lincoln, or one of the other state parks, just stop in and check it out.

All the state parks have a camping challenge. So if you visit a lot of parks, you are eligible to win prizes. Visit http://www.parkrec.nd.gov/camping_challenge.html for details.

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