SPOKANE, Wash.—The Dragoon Creek Campground was back open on Friday after being closed for a few years. The campground is about 15 miles North of Spokane off U.S. 395.
The campground closed in 2010 because of funding issues, according to staff with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). A percentage of sales from the Discover Pass helped the park reopen in 2011. Officials with DNR said the park had been closed in 2012 and 2013 because staff could not find a host.
"It's open. Hasn't been open for years. One year it was closed, had a hard time getting a host and we got some good people this year,” said 2014 camp host volunteer Larry Dach.
Dach volunteered to watch over the campground for the summer of 2014.
"It's pretty nice, I mean this is a nice campsite,” said Dach.
Dragoon Creek officially reopened on Friday and would stay open through Labor Day. The campground had 22 sites available.
"It's a nice spot to stop for a few days. There's fishing here,” said camper Richard Anderson.
Campground staff hoped to keep the park open but that depended on whether they could find a host again in 2015.
Camping at Dragoon Creek was free as long as you had a Discover Pass on your car.