Destination Up North 2018 Up North - Page 13

Visit with the Giant Talking Lumberjack Attractions Include: - Paul, Babe, and Legendary Friends - Amusement Park Rides - 30 Bldg Pioneer Village - Petting Barn Daily y Da Summer Hours 6 mi East of Brainerd on Hwy 18 :: 218-764-2524 :: 877-412-4162 10a - 6p Uncompromised Quality - Exceptional Value Since 1989 Park Rapids. He and his wife, Clara, spend a good part of each summer at the campgrounds. The campground, which has 50 acres of pine and birch and 1,500 feet of sandy lakeshore, has space for 120 campers and attracts 107 seasonal guests from May through October. Seasonal customers, mostly families who come each weekend, bring their own RVs and pay a fee for the summer. “Ninety percent of the seasonals are families with kids,” Echtenkamp said, adding that the population at the campgrounds swells to 500 or 600 people over the 4th of July. Amenities include a heated outdoor pool, boats and canoes, adjacent 18-hole Eagle View golf course, video game room and playground. The 400-square foot RVs many people bring resemble mobile homes, Echtenkamp said, adding that the RVs often include a loft, a flat- screen TV, and granite counter tops. “They’re not roughing it,” he said. “They put a deck on their RV, landscape it, and bring a boat. Some of them have $25,000 worth of landscaping, plus a block patio and in-ground fire pit. Ninety percent of them leave the RVs year around, wrapped in plastic for the winter, and head south until spring.” People coming for a week’s vacation is a thing of the past, according to Echtenkamp. “That’s Models From 14’-26’ Huge Inventory Save BIG $$$ Powered By Junctions Hwys 18 & 25, SE Brainerd, MN 218-828-4728 or 800-450-7669 Where You Get The Best Deal Every Time — TRADES WELCOME — 13