Camping season officially kicked off at McLeod Park in Hancock County this weekend. Park officials expect record crowds this year, and that's one reason County leaders are making improvements to the park.
Jessy Necaise says he brings his family to McLeod Park as often as he can. He says it's a great place to get away and relax.
"The atmosphere is kind of laid back a good place for the kids they enjoy themselves, they swim, They fish, and knee board." Necaise said.
His family is part of a growing number of people who are choosing to spend their vacations camping. Last year, McLeod Park broke an attendance record with 170,000 people over-nighting there. Those numbers lead officials to see the need to add a new comfort station.
The new handicapped accessible rest room facility is centrally located in the park.
"It will have three showers on each side for the men and women," park manager Roland Lee said. "It will help us with the overcrowding with the campers. It will make it a lot easier for folks they won't have to wait in line."
Recent improvements made to this boat lunch will make it easier for campers to get their boats in and out of the river. That's something Jessy Necaise is happy to hear.
" I didn't like it last year because it was too steep. This year they've graded it down and made it a better angle. It's a lot better than what it was, so it's easier to lunch your boat."
Campers are also getting a new lot to park their boat trailers. And later this year, park officials hope to increase the number of water and electrical hookup camp sites from 72 to 100, getting ready for what they hope will be another record-breaking year.