Extended camping season helps Mark Twain Lake area business – WGEM

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Extended camping season helps Mark Twain Lake area business – WGEM

PERRY, Mo. (WGEM) -- More people are out camping so the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Mark Twain Lake extended the camping season for

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PERRY, Mo. (WGEM) — More people are out camping so the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Mark Twain Lake extended the camping season for Ray Behrens, Indian Creek and Frank Russel Campgrounds to October 31 with certain areas available until November 22.

Camper Mark Daniels said he and his wife traveled all the way from Saint Charles, Missouri, to Perry to spend some time touring the campgrounds and hiking this weekend.

“I’m really grateful because we typically do go camping at least once a month, even through the winter and so we’ve had to sort of bypass the COE campgrounds up until this point, so it’d be really nice to have the opportunity to extend that,” he said.

Moon City Antiques and Collectables proprietors Bud and Terri McDonald said it’s tourist like Daniels that help their business.

“There’s usually a slow down right toward the end of summer after Labor Day so, with the camping season extending and if the weather holds out, and of course we’ll get quite a few more people down from the campgrounds to shop the shops here in town,” McDonald said.

McDonald said the extended season will bring foot traffic to more than just Perry businesses.

“It helps Monroe city, it helps Paris, all the towns around here, even Hannibal,” he said.

Daniels said his family will be back to enjoy the Tri-states.

“We just enjoy seeing the beauty in the area and the beauty throughout our country and there’s just so many areas we haven’t explored,” he said. “Like I said, this is the first time we’ve been in the Mark Twain Lake area and I can see we’ll come back many times,” he said.

McDonald said the timing of this extension is perfect in another way as at the end of the month deer hunting season kicks off in Missouri. He said that’ll give them yet another boost.

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