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State Park reservation system still down


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- If you're planning to stay at a Minnesota state park, it could be a little more difficult than you think.  On December 27, the State Parks online reservation system was shutdown for upgrades.  When it re-launched on March 1, the system crashed due to too many visitors... and some anxiety is beginning to surface.

"I don't know," said Kristen Areheart of Mendota Heights, "It'll just be nice when it's back up and we know for sure."

Areheart and her son Daniel were walking on the trails of Whitewater State Park Tuesday morning. 

"We already made our reservations before the shutdown," said Areheart. "We're doing 10 days this year. The 5th of July to the 15th. But as soon as the web site gets back up, we're going to make sure we have our reservations so we can go this year."

If you have visited the State Park Facebook Page recently, you can see it has seen it's share of comments good and bad.

But if you were at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park Tuesday afternoon... the comments were mostly good.

"Hope they get'er up and going as soon as they can," said York resident Dewey Fetterly.

Fetterly has been coming to this park for decades. "I camped out here before it was a State Park because my relatives owned a lot of the land at that time," said Fetterly. "I know people come here as far as Michigan, probably. Wisconsin for sure. And it would be a real problem to them."

Fetterly says he fears this could be even more trouble for out of state campers.

"I would if I lived in Northern Wisconsin or even just across the Mississippi and wanted to come over here," he said.

Public Information Officer for Minnesota Parks and Trails Amy Barrett, says fixing the problem is like trying to hit a moving target.  And says she appreciates the incredible demand they are receiving to get the system back up and running.  And reminds users, it is their"number one priority."

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