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Brower Park sold out for Memorial Day weekend; other campsites still available

Camping spots in Mecosta County are filling up for Memorial Day weekend, according to the Park Superintendent.  

Jeff Abel says Brower Park is currently sold out for Memorial Day weekend but there are other options in the area for campers next weekend. 

"School Section currently has 3 campsites available out of 162 and cabins are full. Paris Park has availability with 11 sites out of 66 available as well as 2 cabins and 2 group campsites open. Merrill-Gorrel has 9 available campsites out of 126 in the water and electric section and 17 of 20 rustic campsites are available.  1-Cabin left open." Abel said. 

If you don't have a camper or an RV and want a more rustic feel, abel says there are still options available. 

"For the rustic campgrounds that don’t take reservations at Tubb’s Lake, Tubb’s Island and Haymarsh you typically would need to be established on a campsite by Wednesday leading into the holiday to get into either Tubb’s Rustic Campground." Abel said. "Haymarsh usually runs 60-70% occupied over Memorial Day weekend, but typically has some last-minute availability as well as the Rustic section of Merrill-Gorrel Park."

"The nice thing about the rustic area in Merrill-Gorrel park is that you still have access to modern restrooms and showers even though you don’t have water and electric directly on your campsite." Abel adds. 

The time to make your campsite reservation is now but if you can family or friends are split into different parks due to campsite availability during the holiday weekend, Abel says not to worry. 

"Our advice for those that can’t find a campsite at their favorite park this Memorial Day would be to try getting a reservation at Merrill-Gorrel or Paris Parks before they are full.  Once you are staying in one of our County Parks your vehicle pass provides access to all of the Mecosta County Parks, so you can take day trips to any of the parks and experience all the incredible amenities available throughout the park system." Abel said.  


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