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Minnesota’s troubled campground reservations system for state parks relaunched smoothly Thursday (March 22), officials said.

The system crashed shortly after launching March 1. Officials had expected to take 4,500 reservations in the entire day when it was overwhelmed with 4,500 hits in its first hour.

On Thursday, it averaged only about 100 to 130 visitors an hour for the first few hours, said Courtland Nelson, director of the Parks and Trails Division of the Department of Natural Resources, who told reporters he was “quietly pleased.”

Users created about 400 new accounts and made a little over 125 reservations by mid-afternoon, and the system never reached capacity, he said.

Under the DNR’s phased relaunch plan, reservations were accepted Thursday for arrival dates through April 21. From Friday through Sunday, they will be accepted through May 12. A bigger test will come Monday when sites can be reserved through the Memorial Day weekend, Nelson said. More dates will be added through April 2, when system will start taking reservations for a year in advance.

The new system adds features the old system lacked, including the ability to let campers view pictures of individual campsites before selecting them.

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