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Islanders get first crack at camping reservations at county parks

San Juan County Parks is continuing its “residents only” opportunity to pre-reserve campsites at county parks in 2013.

This year, the county Parks program offers local residents a chance to make prime-time summer camping reservations between Jan. 14 and Feb. 28. The offer is available for camping at county managed parks on San Juan, Lopez (Odlin), and Shaw islands, and at the county fairgrounds R.V. campsites.

Camping reservations for the general public will begin March 1.

All three county campgrounds are located in waterfront parks with spectacular views, beautiful beaches, and small craft boat launches. The fairgrounds offer R.V. camping with water and electrical hook-ups, close proximity to downtown Friday Harbor and a public beach (Jackson Beach).

Scheduled campground renovation and road construction at Odlin County Park on Lopez Island during the summer season, May 1 through July 31, may impact campers. Camping rates will be discounted 20 percent at Odlin during construction.

Proof of residency is required for the residents-only early reservation program (verifiable local address and phone number, driver’s license, or voter registration). Additional information is available on the county Parks website: sanjuanco.com/Parks/camping.aspx.

Local residents can email (parks@sanjuanco.com) or call the Parks Department, 378‑8420, for a reservation form.

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