Those who like to camp at Raystown Lake, but like to plan in advance, will now be able to do so for the fall and spring seasons in 2020.

Up until this point, campsites at Raystown Lake were available on a first-come, first-serve basis during the spring and fall seasons.

“Reservations for campsites at Raystown Lake started near the end of the 1990s,” said Allen Gwinn, park ranger with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Raystown Lake. “At Raystown, we held on to walk-in seasons being in the spring and fall. We wanted it to be convenient for local folks to come out here and camp, but didn’t need to plan that far ahead.”

Now, when guests make reservations for peak season camping at Raystown Lake, they can make them six month prior to arrival. Now with accepting reservations for spring and fall 2020 camping seasons, reservations for spring 2020 can now be made as early as Nov. 3, 2019. Reservations for the fall 2020 camping season can be made as early as April 3, 2020, the opening spring season date.

In the past, sites were only available in advance from mid-May to Labor Day.

Gwinn further explained why things have changed.

“Some of our requirements have gotten a more more strict as far as money,” he said. “Also, folks are more attuned to the reservation process. People like to make their reservations ahead of time and know the site they’re coming to.

Though people can still make reservations ahead of time for spring and fall 2020, Gwinn also wanted to point out that walk-ins are still available during the spring and fall seasons.

“We’ll still accept them for whatever sites are available along with advanced reservations,” said Gwinn.

To make a reservation for any of Raystown Lake’s campsites or picnic shelters, visit or call 877-444-6777 and search for Raystown Lake or any of the specific recreation areas of interest.

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