Earlier this week, we told you how more and more people are spending their summers camping —
including here at Fort Stevenson State Park.
We went to Garrison to see how state parks are getting an upgrade to find out just how many people are visiting.
State parks have always had a traffic counter. In the past, it was a sensor in the road that counted the cars entering.
But now, the new system has a camera posted at the entrance that reads the license plates. It will give more detailed information like how long they were in the park, where they’re from and if they’ve been to another one.
“We can see if you visit Fort Stevenson Memorial Day weekend, but later in June you stopped at Graham’s Island State Park and maybe you traveled to Lake Metigoshe — with that vehicle, of course,” said Park Manager Chad Trautman.
Trautman said he’s hoping to get the data from Memorial Day weekend some time next week.