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Camping season begins

5/24/2013

By MIKE CORN

mcorn@dailynews.net

With the official start of the summer camping season just hours away, area lakes are sure to be busy this Memorial Day Weekend.

"I think we're going to be doing pretty good," said Troy Brown, regional parks supervisor for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

Across the western reaches of Kansas, "all the sites have been reserved," he said of campsites that are considered reservable.

Even electrical sites that can't be reserved through the state's new online reservation system already are full.

Brown said state parks at Webster, Cedar Bluff, Sebelius and Scott lakes are expected to be busy.

"The weather is conducive," he said. "It's not too hot and cools down in the evening."

Those conditions are more like what campers would see over the course of the Labor Day weekend, he said.

"Fishing has been phenomenal," Brown said. "I just think we're going to have a great weekend."

Water levels at area lakes remain low, but that's nothing new.

As a result, Brown said, all of the lakes still have access to the lake.

At Cedar Bluff, for example, boat ramps are still available on either side of the lake.

Kanopolis still has one boat ramp accessible.

While state park visitors in the eastern part of Kansas bemoan low water levels, Brown said it's "nothing compared to what we have."

But because of the region's experience chasing water levels up and down, access to the water has been maintained.