Mandan News

Vern Davis: More people camping this summer

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Can you believe that the summer – both weeks of it – have up and passed before we realized it was here?

Really, the last big weekend of summer is upon us, and soon we will have to start thinking about a lot less camping, the fall bite of the walleyes on the river and, of course, the various hunting seasons.

Park wise, I would say that 2009’s summer has been quite successful, even with the less than desirable weather. For instance, our camping fees collected were ahead of last year by a fair margin. I guess, even with “cheaper” gas prices, people weren’t venturing as far from home. In my case, it wasn’t a big trip like last summer, rather just a weekend or two away from home.

The dedication of Harmon Lake went very well in spite of the blustery weather. Luckily, most people were accommodated with chairs in a tent. Personally I think a big “Thank You” is in store to Governor Hoeven, Senator Conrad and all the other people who took part in the celebration.

On the subject of Harmon Lake, one of the early recreational features will start to take shape this fall. The Water Board awarded a contract at its Aug. 26 meeting for 3.6 miles of a hiking and biking trail to be constructed starting yet this fall. The trail will be on the north side of the lake and go west to the creek crossing. Later, a bridge will cross the creek and the trail will be constructed around the south side as well. We don’t know when the bridge and south side will happen.

Thanks for this project should go to the mountain bikers group for applying for and receiving a Land and Water Grant through North Dakota State Parks for the trail.

That about covers it for this month. Enjoy the Labor Day Weekend. See you here next month.