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A reservation window is a rolling period of time a person can make a reservation for a campsite, cabin, day-use lodge or a shelter.
The window for reserving campsites is 3 months in advance and up to 2 days prior to the arrival date if paying by credit card, or 21 days if paying by check or money order.
The window for reserving cabins, day-use lodges and shelters is 12 months in advance. Reservations can be made up to 4 days prior to arrival during peak season (May 1 to September 30) and 7 days prior to arrival during the off season (October 1 – April 30).
Important 2016 Dates
Memorial Day Weekend
3-day minimum (Fri-Sat-Sun), 3-month reservation window begins February 27
4th of July Weekend
3-day minimum (Fri-Sat-Sun), 3-month reservation window begins April 1
Labor Day Weekend
3-day minimum (Fri-Sat-Sun), 3-month reservation window begins June 2
Reservations can be made online or through the call center. A reservation fee is charged for each campsite or rental facility reserved per trip, regardless of the length of stay.
Reservations made online are $4 per transaction.
Reservations made through the call center are $6 per transaction.
For camping stays during the peak season of May 1 through September 30, a customer is limited to reserving 5 campsites for a weekend stay at a particular campground. There is no limit on the number of campsites a person could reserve for a stay during the week (weekdays).
For camping stays during the off season, there is no limit to the number of campsites a person can reserve as long as the stays occur within the reservation window.
During the peak season of May 1 through September 30, there is a two-night minimum stay requirement (Friday/Saturday) for the weekends.
During the holidays, a three-night minimum stay is required. (An exception to this is when the 4th of July lands on a Sunday, Tuesday or Wednesday; however, the two-night minimum stay requirement applies to a weekend stay).
You can reach someone at a state park by either calling or e-mailing the park directly.
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