At Wisconsin’s Devil’s Lake State Park, Jenny Hudson has seen campers’ fondness for electricity grow stronger over the past decade.
As reported by the LaCrosse Tribune, campers in rustic sites tap into unused outlets at electrified sites, charging laptops. Campers leave phones charging in the visitor center and bathrooms.
“Our electric sites are always the first to go,” Hudson, a park ranger, said. Though demand for rustic sites remains, “they’re not nearly as popular as the electric sites.”
Campers are demanding more technological comforts and increased electrical support. That is altering the nature of Wisconsin campgrounds, and changing how park leaders see their mission.
For power-loving campers, summer camping season carries an extra spark of excitement: The largest electrification project for the park system in decades will be completed in early July.
In all, 18 state parks and forests will have added electrical sites or upgraded existing ones.
The two-year project, budgeted at $2 million, created 192 new electrical sites and upgraded electrical systems at 285 more.
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