Many families use the Memorial Day weekend as a time for visiting state and national parks. Officials at the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism are certainly hoping for a large turnout this year. Excessive heat and toxic algae warnings at some lakes last year meant an unusually low number of state park visitors in 2011. Spokesman Mike Miller says this holiday weekend...widely regarded as the unofficial start of summer...always serves as a kind of showcase for the state's parks.
The parks department says campsites are still available, but they're filling up fast. Day passes are almost always available...they cost $4.20 per vehicle.