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Arkansas state parks are gearing up for a busy holiday weekend. But this time around, there are some changes because of our recent storms.

Park Superintendent Richard Boyes says that this week’s storms makes this weekend the first time all season that campfires are now allowed at

Lake Catherine State Park

Lake Catherine State Park

. Campfires are also now allowed Lake DeGray, Lake Ouchita and Wooley Hollow State Parks.

Boyes also says the stormy weather cancelled camping reservations during a weekend that’s usually booked a year out. State park and tourism officials also confirmed the rise in camping cancellations; many they say from out of state guests leading up to the storm.

So that means there could be some extra sites if you reserve soon. And Boyes says that the weekend’s shaping up to a good one.

“We don’t anticipate any problems as far as the weather goes; if it stays like this the rest of the weekend, it will be beautiful and we’ll have a lot of folks,” Boyes said.

As a final reminder, if you want to call for a reservation, Superintendent Boyes at Lake Catherine says to call by 8 a.m. the day before to see if there are any campsites.

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Holiday travel is expected to increase during the July 4 period compared with last year, but the mid-week holiday is likely to result in more spread-out travel plans that could ease congestion. As reported by theWall Street Journal, the fuel bill for road trips should be smaller, though gasoline is still far from cheap.

The travel-services group AAA estimates 42.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the coming holiday weekend, a 4.9 percent jump from last year. The projected travel volume will match the high point of the past decade, which occurred in 2007, and marks an increase of nearly 42 percent from 2009.

Road trippers will recall that the July 4 period was near the peak of a spike in gasoline prices in 2008, and many still-shell-shocked motorists stayed close to home in 2009. AAA defines the Independence Day travel period as July 3 to July 8.

Because July 4 is Wednesday, the usual five-day travel period grows to six days and gives people the option of including a weekend and two week days either before or after the actual holiday. AAA asked prospective travelers about their planned departure day, and 54% said they expected to begin their trip before the start of the week that includes July 4.

Lower fuel prices are helping to drive travel volume. The average price of regular gas in the U.S. is $3.44, almost 14 cents lower than last year and about 50 cents below the recent peak in April.

“AAA’s projection for a decade high number of Independence Day travelers is being fed by Americans’ appetite for travel, a mid-week holiday and lower gas prices,” said Bill Sutherland, vice president, AAA Travel Services. “This is the second holiday this year where travelers indicated a determination to travel while economizing by actively seeking value-added travel options and activities,” Sutherland said.

RVing family holiday picnicCamp-California.com has compiled a listing of parks that still have a few spaces left.

“If you hurry and make your reservations now, you might get lucky,” said Debbie Sipe, executive director of the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, which operates Camp-California.com, a statewide travel planning website.

As of Friday, there were at least 23 campgrounds, RV parks and resorts that still had sites and cabins available for the holiday weekend. Parks with vacancy as of Friday included:

  • Central Valley
    • Bakersfield Palms RV Park, Bakersfield
    • Club Royal Oak, Kingsburg
    • Kit Fox RV Park, Patterson
  • Deserts
    • Black Meadow Landing, Parker Dam
    • Emerald Desert RV Resort, Palm Desert
    • Shady Oasis Kampground, Victorville
    • The Springs at Borrego, Borrego Springs
  • Gold Country
    • Childs Meadow Resort, Mill Creek
    • Golden Coach RV Park, Cromberg (near Graeagle)
    • Movin’ West RV, Graeagle
  • High Sierra
    • Meadowcliff Lodge & RV Resort, Coleville
    • Pioneer RV Park, Quincy
  • Inland Empire
    • Casa del Sol RV Resort, Hemet
  • Los Angeles Area
    • Castaic Lake RV Park, Castaic
  • North Coast and Points Inland
    • Benbow RV Park and Campground, Garberville
    • Edgewater Resort & RV Park, Kelseyville
    • Klamath River RV Park, Klamath
    • Mirabel Park, Forestville
  • Orange County
    • Orangeland RV Park, Orange
  • San Diego Area
    • Butterfield Ranch Resort, Julian
    • Oak Creek RV Resort, El Cajon
    • Sunland Circle RV Resort, San Diego
    • Vacationer RV Park, El Cajon

These and other parks with Memorial Day availability can be found at http://camp-california.com/Places-To-Go/space-for-memorial-day.html

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