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Full campgrounds in central Wisconsin for holiday weekend

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TAYLOR COUNTY (WAOW) -

Campgrounds in Taylor County are full of vacationers enjoying the holiday weekend.

Campground managers say the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Taylor County is a camping hot spot.

For many families, it's become a holiday tradition to camp during the Fourth of July weekend.

"We come up here every year to spend time with the relatives," said Jessica Federman of Edgar.

"It's just like a fun atmosphere because everyone comes out to celebrate a common holiday," said Nikki Sperry of Woodbury, Minnesota.

Dozens of families packed up their campers and RVs to go to the national forest.

Spearhead Point Campground Host Joyce Kroening says the holiday rush is keeping her busy.

"I was pretty much full all week," said Kroening.

Some campers say they reserved their spots months in advance to guarantee a site during the busy weekend.

"Normally by the first of January we reserve or the first working day in January," said Derek Hein of Athens.

Others say they took their chances.

Some chose to come earlier in the week to claim one of the non-reservable sites.

"If you come by Tuesday you can for sure get a non-reservable site, Wednesday the whole campground fills up," said Sperry.

With more campers in the campgrounds, park workers say that brings more people to the recreation areas, like the Mondeaux Dam. Concessions workers there say that brings in more business.

"It's been great I've had a lot of business inside, like ice cream is very popular, got a lot of picnickers out here," said Steve Kalmon, the concessions manager at the Mondeaux Dam.

Kalmon says he's had about 100 more people visit the recreation area compared to a normal weekend.

A park full of people on vacation, the campground manager says, is a good sign for the economy.

"It shows that things are looking up, maybe people are back to making some money," said Kroening.

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