The Fourth of July weekend brings thousands to Central and Northern Wisconsin. Many of whom come for just one thing, to spend some time with mother nature. There's no better way to do that than by camping.
Owner of Lake DuBay Shores Campground, Dennis Stanek, says more than 200 campers will pack the campgrounds this Fourth of July weekend. Although campers rolled in a little later than usual thanks to the long winter, now they're coming in droves.
"People are camping a little differently this year I think in reference to some people are staying longer. Maybe they're trying to make up for the spring. We hope so," Stanek tells NewsChannel 7.
Stanek thinks gas prices may also be a contributing factor in campers decision to stay longer. But the good news is that the cost to fill up doesn't seem to be keeping people at home.
"Obviously the gas prices have changed the way people have done things, but in a year or two people adapt to what the situation is and it's been a little slow for a couple of years, but now it's coming back," Stanek explains.
Harley Meyer and his family have been camping on Lake DuBay for the last five years. Meyer says he wouldn't miss the Fourth of July Celebration on Lake DuBay for pretty much anything.
"Going out on the pontoon watching the fireworks right from the water [is my favorite part]," Meyer says adding "We all take our pontoons out. We tie them all together. They shoot off the fireworks from an island and it's just unbelievable to see the fireworks coming down on the water."
Lake DuBay Shores Campground isn't done celebrating Independence Day just yet. Friday they plan to have a pontoon boat parade and maybe some more fireworks.
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