Camping season to kick off this weekend

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Four state campgrounds will be open for the season starting this Friday.

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced that Burlingame, Charlestown Breachway, Fishermen’s Memorial and George Washington Memorial State Campgrounds will be opening this weekend to coincide with the beginning of school vacation week.

According to the DEM, anglers will have now have a place to camp for the opening of trout fishing season starting on April 14. The DEM said  each year, a number of anglers in northern Rhode Island set up camp the evening before at George Washington Campground to be ready for “Opening Day.”

The DEM is reminding campers and anglers that a current fishing license and a Trout Conservation Stamp are required to keep or possess a trout or fish in a catch-and-release or “fly-fishing only” area.

As an increasingly important part of the state’s economy, the Rhode Island’s outdoor recreation industry contributes an estimated $3.3 billion annually and supports 36,000 jobs.

The DEM is encouraging campers to book sites as early as possible on the RI Parks website, since campsites usually sell out quickly during the peak season.

According to the DEM, the service fee per reservation made either online or by the phone, including the cancellation fee, has been reduced to $8.75 for transactions made between April 1, 2018 and December 31, 2022.

The DEM encourages visitors to help stop the spread of non-native insects and diseases throughout campgrounds and parks. Campers can help by following these precautions:

  • Do not bring firewood with you when you camp.
  • Buy firewood when your reach your destination.
  • Don’t take any firewood with you and when you leave. Burn it all or give it to other campers in the park.

For more information about Rhode Island state parks, please visit the DEM’s website, or follow them on Facebook or on Twitter.

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