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Campgrounds see boost in end of summer business

After a rough start campgounds are booking up

Goose Island Campgrounds

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - This year's unusual weather has caused normally packed camp grounds to take a hit in popularity. The more than 400 campsites at Goose Island Campgrounds have rarely been filled.

"When we first started in April, it was really cold, we all were dealing with the winter and of course we all dealt with the flooding on the Mississippi," said Sue Lachman, a facility clerk at Goose Island Campgrounds in La Crosse. "We've had three floods; it feels like the season is almost just beginning," said Lachman.

Still many campers have been braving the weather throughout the season.

"It's still nice being outside, you know a weekend here in miserable weather is still better here than sitting at home," said Vince Good, who has been camping at Goose Island for 30 years.

Now with the worst of the weather behind them many people are trying to squeeze in one final summer vacation, and helping business while doing it.

"Now it's starting to get more crowded, and people are really starting to enjoy the camping," said Lachman.

With Labor Day around the corner, Goose Island is trying to draw patrons in with activities, in spite of a rainy forecast.

"We have a tournament for kids fishing Friday, plus a band Friday night, everyone is really going enjoying themselves, campers are campers, they camp no matter what," said Lachman.

The camping season isn't over just yet though, Goose Island will officially close Oct. 30.

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