Preparing for Spring camping season

Campsites this year are expected to be full. Here are some tips on what you might need to be a happy camper.
Published: Apr. 10, 2023 at 9:12 AM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Warmer weather is finding its way into northern Nevada, pushing us closer to camping season.

This year could be different from years prior but the amount of people wanting to go camping will only increase.

Jordan Flaherty, a camping outfitter at Cabela’s, expects the campsites to be full all season long. “The camping grounds this year are going to be relatively full. I feel like a lot of people will come from California and from the desert part of Nevada, up into the Sierra,” said Flaherty.

Aside from just a tent, you may need a warm sleeping bag, a cot, a backpack to carry your necessities and some bug spray. Due to the excessive water runoff this past winter, mosquitos will be active.

You should also be cautious of campsite regulations regarding which type of fireplace you can use.

Depending on this year’s fire season and where you decide to camp. You might not be allowed to use a wood lit fire, so you will need a 5-gallon tank of propane and a gas lit fireplace.

“Well, the gas fire pit isn’t going to be as warm as a wood fire pit,” said Andy Jones. “You should also check on the regulations on what you can light out there. Fire is a huge concern.”

If you are new to camping, be sure to ask local experts for assistance on which gear you should get.

On Saturday, April 15, Cabela’s is hosting the second annual community appreciation event. There will be RV trucks, food trucks, over 50 venders and live music to kick off camping season. The event starts at 11am and will go until 5pm in the evening.