Weather affects early business at some KOTA Territory campground - KOTA Territory News

Weather affects early business at some KOTA Territory campgrounds

Spring didn't really feel like spring in KOTA Territory because of cold and snowy weather in May.

"May was rain and cold and snow and the numbers were down," said Marvin Lutz, owner of Lazy J Campground. Visitation numbers down around 30% from last May, and the start of June isn't much better, with numbers down 50%. "It just all varies; depends on the weather," said Lutz.

With 11 campers arriving at Lazy J on Friday, employees say they're hopeful this is the start of a better season. "If we can pull through June with quite big numbers, and then August will be good," said Lutz.

Lazy J isn't the only campground in the Black Hills with fluctuating numbers. "One might be up and one might be down, and we're really not sure why that is," said Michelle Thompson. "It seems to be random."

Michelle Thompson, CEO of Black Hills Badlands and Lakes, says visitation numbers for campgrounds across the area are sporadic."Some are up, some are the same, some are down," said Thompson. "So it's really been an interesting year for camping."

But with Mother Nature's blessing, Thompson and campground owners are looking forward to more campers rolling in."The rest of the summer really looks good," said Thompson. "Starting towards the end of June and July, campgrounds say they're full for July and full into rally."
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