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Memorial Day Campers Stay Close to Home

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VENETA, Ore. — The wet weather didn’t put a damper on people looking to take advantage of the three-day weekend. Lane County campgrounds were packed by people who chose to get away for Memorial Day by pitching a tent close to home.

Some call it a staycation; when it feels far away from home, but really their still close.

“It’s close to Corvallis and it’s an easy drive and we like the campground,” said Tom Ott, Corvallis resident.

“Extremely convenient. It covers all kinds activities for every need and age and everything so it’s perfect for us,” said Terisa Hadbon, Willamina resident.

It’s all about convenience for those families who packed the 92 campsites at Richardson Park this Memorial Day weekend.

“Depending on the traffic you’re 20 minutes away in a sense and as you can see it is an oasis. You have the trees, every campsite has a fire pit. You have water and electricity at the site,” said Sarah Ward, Richardson Park caretaker.

Campers say with the park being only 12 miles outside of Eugene, it helps cut down on gas costs.

“It makes it really easy don’t have to spend a lot of money on gas. You know it is kind of nice being close home because you can go home if you want. But we can all come out here at our leisure,” said Von Young, Eugene resident.

“It’s very close to home so it’s less miles you have to cause the gas is so high,” said Lora Dietmeyer, Springfield resident.

Caretakes of the site say guests set their reservations months in advance, but were worried this year’s low water levels would be discouraging.

“We get calls all over the place, ‘do you have any water?’ Well we do have water,” said Ward.

Luckily, the recent rains helped, keeping families entertained with activities like canoeing and kayaking.

“Kids love it, riding bikes all day long and going fishing so it’s fun family gatherings,” said Mindy Nunez, Eugene resident.

Richardson Park campsite caretakers say next summer’s slots are already in high demand and families are already booking their reservations.

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