The 2014 camping season in the Coulee Region got off to a soggy start.
“The whole park was under water,” said Zeb Allert, manager of Pettibone Campground.
At Pettibone all 300 campsites were washed out from the flooding during Memorial Day Weekend and July 4th.
“It was kind of a hit and miss, there were dry days where we would rush them in and it would look good, then all of a sudden three to four days of hard rain and we would move them out,” said Allert.
During that same time, Goose Island Campground had about two-thirds of the campsites unusable.
“Goose Island is on the back waters of the Mississippi and Mother Nature makes her decision. I think we are best reacting to it,” said Mary Kaufmann, park supervisor for La Crosse facilities.
But this year campground enthusiasts are singing a different tune.
“We are dry. We are high and dry, it's sunny and we are open for business,” said Allert.
“We are just excited about the fact we will be able to offer all of our services this year,” said Kaufmann.
So far everything has been going to plan. Both campgrounds opened in April and have been preparing for a busy season.
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