State Park Campground use on a Serious Slide
The cold, snowy winter and (especially) the cool, rainy spring
has thus far doomed overnight stays at Ohio state parks.
And with rain forecasted for at least two of the three Memorial Day
weekend days, don’t expect to see many “no vacancy” signs up at
state park campgrounds. This, based on figures supplied by the
The 2011 to-date campground occupancy stands at 22,585 nights used,
a measurement tool employed by the Ohio Department of Natural
Resources’ Division of Parks and Recreation to determine how many
nights of camping have been rented.
That figure represents a 40.5 percent drop for the same period in
It’s also a crash-and-burn dive from the 39,693 nights used that
was seen in 2009 for the same period.
Likewise, this year’s to-date nights stay usage is the lowest since
at least 2006 and with a total occupancy rate of only 5.6
Off as well are cottage rentals (down 8.4 percent) and get-away
rentals (down 18.9 percent.)