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MAHONEY STATE PARK, Neb. — Camping spots on Memorial Day weekend are tough to get.
Dave Gamerl, 41, of the Elkhorn area reserved his at Mahoney State Park almost a year ago. The extreme planning was necessary because his attempt to get a campsite just before Memorial Day in 2012 was unsuccessful.
“They fill up quick, I guess,” he said.
And because Gamerl, his wife and their three sons had planned the trip so far in advance, they weren't about to let a little dicey weather get in the way.
Campers might have gotten a little wet from storms early Saturday, but otherwise the weather mostly cooperated, and park services remained uninterrupted on one of the busiest weekends of the year, said Graham West, assistant park superintendent.
“The weather might be deterring just a few people,” he said, “but we still expected things to be busy, and it's been a successful weekend.”
At Wilson's Island State Recreation Area near DeSoto Bend, overcast skies and occasional sprinkles had little effect on holiday crowds, said park ranger Chris Anunson.
A bigger deterrent was construction that kept campsites closed, Anunson said.
Platte River State Park near Louisville, Neb., was busy as usual for the Memorial Day weekend, said Park Superintendent Bill Oligmueller.
The cabins were fully booked, he said, and many people came for the day to enjoy the park's amenities.
Wet horse trails did force Mahoney State Park to cancel its Saturday rides, said Tanna Dittmar, assistant lead wrangler.
But conditions were good enough Sunday for Dittmar to lead about seven groups on 45-minute rides.
Things were a little slower compared with past Memorial Day weekends, she said.
Staff writer Kevin Cole contributed to this report.
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