LISBON Reservations at the Lisbon Beach and Campground are already streaming in as the popular vacation destination prepares for a May 1 opening and puts the finishing touches on an 11-site expansion project.
According to Campground Director Michael J. ONeil, close to 50 seasonal sites are booked so far.
Ive had, throughout the winter, people calling to reserve the pavilion and seasonal sites, Mr. ONeil said.
He said retirement parties, family reunions and graduation parties are common uses of the campgrounds facilities.
A total of 26 sites have been booked for the Aug. 8 to 11 Bass Anglers Sportsmans Society Bassmaster Elite Series, Mr. ONeil estimated.
The Bassmaster Elite Series: St. Lawrence River Showdown will bring 102 of the worlds top bass anglers and their families to the region along with other fishermen and television crews.
Ive had quite a few bass fishermen, Mr. ONeil said.
As early as last summer, bass fishermen were booking sites at the campground and beginning to scout the river, he said.
This summer will also be the first after a $173,000 project that added 11 sites and upgraded 32 existing ones.
The work on the new sites has been completed, Mr. ONeil said. All thats left is cosmetic work, including some landscaping.
Mr. ONeil said he expects the finishing touches to be complete by the end of the month.
Were going to have close to 100 sites total, Mr. ONeil said of this summers capacity.
And even with that capacity, Mr. ONeil said he expects the campground will be overflowing at different times.
Besides the Bassmaster tournament, Mr. ONeil is bracing for Memorial Day, Ogdensburgs Seaway Festival and Lisbons Homecoming, which are all traditionally busy times for the campground.
While the seasonals come regardless of the weather, Mr. ONeil said, if this summer is as sunny and warm as last summer the campground will be packed on weekends.
Lisbon Beach and Campground is open from May 1 to Oct. 1 – though Mr. ONeil said he hopes to open a couple of days earlier this year to accommodate those looking to set up in advance of the May 1 opening of the walleye fishing season.