Campgrounds thrive on busy Labor Day Weekend


BROWN/MANITOWOC COUNTIES -  Labor Day weekend is the unofficial end to summer for many people. For some that means one final weekend to camp out before school starts.

A check of some area campgrounds in Northeast Wisconsin found many campsites have run out of room.

It seems not even the small puddles of water and occasional rain are keeping campers from enjoying the unofficial last weekend of summer.

The Abitz family of North Fond du Lac has spent almost every weekend at Apple Creek Campground.

“All you have to do is sit on your chair and relax and have a cocktail. No one bothers you,” said Al Abitz.

Just a few feet away there’s another campsite that you could say stands out more than the others.

A few Kansas City Chiefs fans are still in town even after Thursday’s game.

“We wanted to come and experience the Lambeau Field experience and it was warm this time of year and the fans were awesome,” said Colleen Rogers.

The Apple Creek Campground management says the beginning of summer started out slow.

“[It was] cold and rainy,” said Pam Packee, Apple Creek Campground manager.

Despite the slow start, Packee says the weather cooperated for the most part and now considers this year a success.

“We’ve been busier this year just because the weather’s been really nice. This weekend is still pretty busy,” Packee said.

The same can be said about 35 miles east of De Pere at Devil’s River Campground in Maribel.

“It’s about 400 or 500 people on any given weekend,” said Robert Lyman, Devil’s River Campground owner.

With about 100 permanent sites and 30 overnight sites, owner Robert Lyman says this weekend his campground is full.

“People seem to be making up for lost time now toward the end of the season,” Lyman said.

Californian Butch McEntarffer is more than 2,000 miles away from home but he says sometimes you need a break from the city noise.

“Look at this, it’s beautiful. We just like the traveling and we like to see all the different scenery. We never take the same route,” said McEntarffer.

Whether it’s just a visit, or a simply change of scenery, many campers say it’s just nice to get away.

Even though Labor Day typically marks the end of summer, there are actually a few weekends left this season.

The first day of fall isn’t until September 22.

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