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DNR Sending Out Camping Safety Reminders

The busy summer recreation season kicks into high gear this week Memorial Day weekend and local authorities are sending out reminders to campers.


Yesterday on Regional Radio, we highlighted the busy summer boating season which will crescendo this holiday weekend. Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police Captain John Williamson says with the dry weather of the last several weeks, concerns around recreational fires are starting to pop up.



Capt. Williamson indicates a maintenance check on your campers is a must. He says they encounter a lot of problems with campers early in the season because they have sat dormant for several months during the off-season.



Parking at some sites in Illinois can be very chaotic. Capt. Williamson stresses it is important you follow any parking instructions at each site because there are reasons there are areas parking is restricted.



Clinton Lake has battled a problem with trash the last few years and Capt. Williamson says that hasn't gotten much better. He reminds, if you bring it in, take it out.



Camping sites fill up fast by this point in the season but Capt. Williamson encourages a visit to dnr.llinois.gov for a site near you and information about any openings. 

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