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LODI (WKOW)-- Crystal Lake Campground will be full this Memorial Day weekend as people look for an escape.

"To get out of the house. Definitely get out of the house," Camper James Pickarts said.

"Be safe, get away, and be outside, can't ask for anything more," Camper George Hill said.

Crystal Lake Campground reopened after the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down Governor Tony Evers's Safer At Home order May 13th.

"This weekend for Memorial weekend, we plan on fully functioning as we can," General Manager Alicia Bodenschatz said. "Excited to see our patrons back."

Although it won't be a normal holiday weekend - with campers expected to follow social distancing guidelines

"We still request that campers keep to a single-family household and their camping unit," Bodenschatz said.

Will campers follow these guidelines?

"We'll probably stay within our group a lot, but if we do we will probably keep our six feet or so," Hill said.

"Oh yeah, we gotta try and do that," Pickarts said.

COVID-19 is just another obstacle to overcome for Crystal Lake Campground. They are still rebuilding after last year's severe flooding destroyed around 90 campsites and displaced families from their homes.

"Pretty much our entire shoreline," Bodenschatz said. "We've had to raise every single lot."

Now is a chance for guests to see how far they've come.

"We were able to get through it, and now we're building up, and we're getting back to normal so it's great," Resident Ashley Hon said.

The campground added that they couldn't have made it through any of this without the love and support from residents, campers, and staff members.

Karley Marotta

Weekend Sports Anchor

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