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Camping is a great way to spend quality time with friends and family. Parks offer many kinds of camping for all kinds of adventurers.  Campsites are created for specific uses: RVs, tents, group sites, double sites, even ones meant for horses.  

 
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Brand New Utah Campground
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Don't let the name fool you, Starvation State Park is not anywhere near as desolate as it sounds. The Utah park has a large, 33-spot camping area right on a beach already, and is planning on adding another fully-loaded (toilets, water/electricity hookups, etc.) campsite right next to it, allowing even more visitors to enjoy!

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Goosenecks special view
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While many people see primitive camping as a struggle, Goosenecks State Park makes it worth your while. With simply rustic fire pits and pit toilets, Goosenecks provides a monumental overlook where you can see all of the layers of the earth in the canyons.

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First Time Campers - MI
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For anyone who has wanted to try camping, but maybe is a little intimidated, come to Michigan for the original First Time Camper program! 

Thanks to a partnership with Gander Mountain, 19 Michigan State Parks offer a weekend of camping with basic gear and expert instruction from our Rangers on everything from how to set-up a tent and starting a campfire, to s'more making and nighttime noise interpretation - all for just $20!

In its fourth year, this program has helped hundreds of families feel comfortable in the great outdoors.  We invite you to experience it, too!  For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/stateparks.

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Classic Camping - OH
 

Great camping and fun for the whole family can be found at Salt Fork State Park. Every site has electric, 20 sites also have water and sewer hookups, and 18 sites are wheelchair accessible. Playgrounds, basketball and volleyball courts, and a campers' beach will keep kids busy. There is a boat launch ramp and docks just for campers. Pets are welcome, and there is a dog park with lake access. The park also offers mini golf, a nature center, archery range, Kennedy Stone House museum, and an 18-hole golf course.

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Multiple Groups Camping
 

Traveling with another family? Check to see if the park has double sites meant for two families. Double the size… double the fun!

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Campsite Reservations
 

One of the things a lot of people forget about camping is that it’s extremely popular, and sites fill up quickly. Make sure to reserve your place well in advance (some take reservations up to a year before) to set up the perfect trip for you and your group.

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Keeping Items Dry
 

While camping in the outdoors, keep your essentials safe. Use a wide-mouthed water bottle to hold those things you must keep dry: matches, cell phone, keys, ID, extra batteries, etc.

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First Aid Kit
 

Build and maintain a first aid kit that includes any prescription meds you might need, as well as emergency contact info and health alerts, such as drug allergies.

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Camping Seasons and Fees - MO
 

Camping is available year-round at many state parks with water turned off in the campground for much of the winter season. The camping on-season for most state parks is April 1 - Oct. 31. At Roaring River, Bennett Spring and Montauk state parks, the on-season begins Feb. 25. Some northern parks begin on-season operations on April 15. The on-season for Table Rock State Park runs from March through November. A $2 per night camping discount is available year-round for senior citizens (65 years and older) and persons with disabilities. Proof of age or disability is required at the time of fee payment.

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