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Flooding means no camping this weekend for some campgrounds

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Memorial Day weekend is typically a very busy weekend for campgrounds, but this year, high waters have forced many campgrounds near Dubuque to stay closed for the holiday weekend.

Sharon Rayner and her husband live in Tucson, Arizona. Each year the couple couple stops in Dubuque to visit family while they make their way to northern Michigan to spend the summer.

The couple usually stays at Miller-Riverview Park and Campground, but they were unable to this year due to flooding. Rayner said her sister was able to secure them a site at nearby Hoot Owl Hollow Campground.

"I kept thinking, 'Oh my gosh, they are just going to be packed because of Miller being closed,'" Rayner said.

Elaine Kelly is the owner of Hoot Owl Hollow Campground. She said although many of the people camping this weekend are regulars, she believes that flooded campgrounds have brought her more business.

"It has an affect on us because, when the campgrounds along the river are closed, those people are going to searching for somewhere else and then someone will venture in and say, 'Oh my gosh, I didn't even know you were here,'" Kelly said. "I'm like, 'Yeah, we're the best-kept secret in Dubuque."

Dubuque County Conservation Board member Brian Preston said other campgrounds in the Dubuque area such as Massey Marina Campground, Pleasant Creek, and Spruce Creek Park are also closed for Memorial Day due to flooding. He said Swiss Valley's campground has been booked up since Monday.

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