More campers at Wisconsin state parks enjoyed more of the comforts of home during the Memorial Day Weekend. That's because hundreds more campsites have electricity for the first time.
The state DNR is almost finished with its largest electrification project in decades. The agency has spent two-million dollars to create 192 new electrical campsites, with upgrades at almost 300 others. Officials say the electric conveniences are becoming a lot more popular.
The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism says the project is just part of an effort to get campers to pay more of the cost of the park system, as state funding dwindles. The center says the parks are also getting more donations and volunteer work. The electric work is scheduled to be finished in July.
The law allows only 30-percent of state park camp-sites to have electricity. The current project brings the number up to the maximum level, with almost 12-hundred electrified sites among the 39-hundred total sites. Almost 120 extra non-electric sites are included in the next budget for now.