Last big weekend for camping

By Chad Weber

September 2, 2013 Updated Sep 2, 2013 at 7:29 PM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- For many in the heart of Illinois, Labor day weekend meant a last chance opportunity to get out their tents and sleeping bags.

The Carl Spindler Campground and Marina in East Peoria hit full capacity this weekend.

The Fondulac Park District Chief of Police said this is one of the last weekends that both campers and boaters have a chance to get out with their families.

The holiday weekend did see a decline in boating from last year due to high temperatures and low water levels, but the camping turnout remained strong.

"It's just nice to get outside with the fresh air and to get together with them especially," said Rebecca Horrighs who came from Chicago to visit family. "This is really the only time of the year we can come because we have family in Chicago so we try to at least in the summer try to see them."

"Usually on labor day weekend we like to camp," said Jeremiah Marrett who went camping with his family. "Sitting around the campfire and sleeping in the tent. We bring our kayaks down here to Spindlers and go out on the water a lot."

Park District Chief of Police Michael Johnson said the campground is still recovering from flood damage from earlier in the Spring and that weekends like these are important to bring in revenue.

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