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    Quote Originally Posted by Sue Rihn-Manke View Post
    All we ask is that you keep an open mind.

    I'm hoping that came across in my post. I know I sound anti-early arrival (I am a little bit, to be honest), but I'm still hoping it works out well, and the only people who show up actually volunteer. Then we'll have a good plan for the rest of the years. In the meantime, I'll sit back, wait, and see.

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    Early Arrival Question

    I have signed up for a class (ASMI) on Wednesday. Will this class be held at the Rally site and will I be allowed to camp at The Rally site on Wednesday night?
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    Yes --- the gates will open on Wednesday for early arrivals. Sounds like a GREAT class! I am sure you will enjoy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wackettrw View Post
    I appreciate all the suggestions for sights to see in Wisconsin and campgrounds to stay at for early arrivals to the rally. However, my original question or thread was to get the rally chairperson to commit to ONE SPECIFIC campground that early arrivals could meet like 250 of us did at Lake Carmi State Park for the Vermont Rally last year. Although I am aware that there won't be any one specific BMW club that will sponsor the ONE SPECIFIC campground location like the Vermont MOA did at Lake Carmi (for example, they served free coffee & bagels/muffins each morning), I was hoping that the chairperson would step up to the plate and so designate such a meeting place, even if not officially endorsed by BMWMOA. I tried 3 times, 3 different ways to get Sue to commit! Alas to no avail!
    Hi Richard

    The early campground idea was something that was tried last year for the first time. The BMW MOA paid a substantial sum to retain those campsites for those 3 days before the rally, for the early arrivals. As I recall, there were 242 campers who took advantage of the campground. And although I don't have the exact numbers (they were never made public), I do know that the final impact to the rally bottom line was substantial.

    Let me add that the cost for this campground was itemized in the rally budget, and ultimately the rally came out in the black, so it's all good. But it was not something that we wanted to add to the budget for this year.

    This year, I am focused on putting on one event, and that is The Rally. I hope you can meet up with some other riders and spend your early time in Wisconsin with BMW riders coming in for the rally. It's going to be a lot of fun!

    Thanks again for understanding.

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    Wackettrw, from the looks of things, you got two options:

    Just crash early, and base from the rally site for your rides (it would be really nice if you didn't), or just pick a likely looking campground, and go there.

    Start a new thread here announcing where you'll be, and I bet you cash you won't be alone. Keep the thread alive here, and it'll be seen by others who will show up. Probably the best course, based on what we've read so far in this thread.

    Just because of where this rally is this year, I doubt that there'll be the numbers of last year. With the nice weather forecast last year, coupled with the number of riders within a day's ride of Burlington, really pushed those numbers over the top. I don't see that possible with this rally, so camping spots should be less congested, both before and during the rally.

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    Early Arrival Plans

    Quote Originally Posted by Drif10 View Post
    from the looks of things, you got two options:

    Just crash early, and base from the rally site for your rides (it would be really nice if you didn't), or "JUST PICK A LIKELY LOOKING CAMPGROUND, AND GO THERE." [emphasis added]

    Start a new thread here announcing where you'll be, and I bet you cash you won't be alone. Keep the thread alive here, and it'll be seen by others who will show up. Probably the best course, based on what we've read so far in this thread.
    Drif10,
    What you suggest above is what I tried to do in my original post, as follows:

    "For whatever it is worth, I plan to arrive a week early and camp at Lake Pike State Park (approximately 5+ mile southwest of West Bend). I would not mind "doubling up" & sharing my campsite with others, as we did last year at Lake Carmi. I have lots of sights planned to see in Wisconsin for the week and I'm open to further suggestions. There appears to be a lot to see in Wisconsin. I will head out in a different direction each day, using my campsite at Lake Pike State Park as a "base" camp. Others are welcome to join me. We can make plans each evening around a campfire, as we did last year in Vermont."

    After touring Wisconsin for the week prior to the rally, I plan to get to the rally a couple of days early and volunteer, probably in Registration, as I have done before. Registration is a great place to meet & greet old aquaintences.

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    Nearby "Early Arrival" Campground

    Quote Originally Posted by robnye View Post
    Richard,

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    We had the designated (and subsidized) camping at Lake Carmi [Vermont]because we felt that if we were not going to be able to accomodate early arrivals we better have a place for them to go. The other thing is the camping in a nice state park is always better than the camping in a fairground. I was surprised that more people enjoy Carmi, it is a real gem and unlike a fairground you could have a fire.

    I like your idea [of everyone meeting at Lake Pike State Park] and if I arrive early I'll join you. As it is now my plans are for a nice three or even four day tour from Rhode Island to arrive to the rally either Thursday evening of Friday morning.

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    Rob,
    I would be glad to have you join me at Lake Pike State Park campground, if you arrive early to the West Bend WI Rally. I plan to be there from July 6th to July 11th and plan to go out for sight-seeing rides each day. Hope others can join us as well. There is a good chance that I will volunteer to work in registration, as I have done in the past.

    I liked the idea of the local Vermont MOA Club representatives being at Lake Carmi in Vermont last year. I would have gladly paid for their coffee, muffins, bagels, etc that they provided each morning ... free of charge. Many of us did purchase their club T-shirts at the rally site to help defray their costs. I also appreciated the Vermont MOA Club's representatives good advice on sites to see and roads to travel in the surrounding area.

    Perhaps, in the future, the BMWMOA rally chairperson can designate a "Camping Coordinator" from a local BMW Club to designate a campground where early arrivals can meet, and post the location on rally literature/website. That local BMW Club may wish to have club representatives stop by and, at least, say "hello" to the arrivals, and, perhaps, provide services (e.g. coffee, firewood, etc) for a fee. My experience tells me, early arrivals would gladly support a local Club's treasury, in return for their services.
    Richard

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    I would also agree with Richard's suggestion. Lake Carmi was well done.The Vt BMW group was most helpful .

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    Quote Originally Posted by wackettrw View Post

    I liked the idea of the local Vermont MOA Club representatives being at Lake Carmi in Vermont last year. I would have gladly paid for their coffee, muffins, bagels, etc that they provided each morning ... free of charge. Many of us did purchase their club T-shirts at the rally site to help defray their costs. I also appreciated the Vermont MOA Club's representatives good advice on sites to see and roads to travel in the surrounding area.

    Perhaps, in the future, the BMWMOA rally chairperson can designate a "Camping Coordinator" from a local BMW Club to designate a campground where early arrivals can meet, and post the location on rally literature/website. That local BMW Club may wish to have club representatives stop by and, at least, say "hello" to the arrivals, and, perhaps, provide services (e.g. coffee, firewood, etc) for a fee. My experience tells me, early arrivals would gladly support a local Club's treasury, in return for their services.
    Richard
    A local just being there to offer suggestions for rides, places to see, places to eat, is a great idea. Every club has a few people that know the area well, and can remember just where that little place was with the awesome pie.

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    if i get there early i plan on camping on hodag's lawn

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    I'm so eager to get there that I may be early too. It would be my honour to help set up, but if they don't need me then I might camp out by the gate and be first in line when the gate opens!
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    Here is some information if you are planning on using the Wisconsin State Parks, a person can make reservation online for the dates that you are going to use the camp grounds. From my travels some state only use the first come only policy which leaves you guessing if you have a camp site or not.. Pike lake only has 32 camp sites which about 10 miles away from the rally site. The web site to register is http://dnr.wi.gov/ and this site will give you information on all the WI State Parks. The State of Wisconsin also charges a vehicle admission sticker per vehicle the fees are for using the state parks.
    2007 sticker fees
    Sticker fees Annual Half price* Daily One-hour
    WI resident $25 $12.50 $7 $5
    WI resident age 65 and older $10 N/A $3 N/A
    Non-resident $35 $17.50 $10 $5
    Bus, Wisconsin $10
    Bus, out of state $14
    ÔÇó Half-price annual stickers are available for additional vehicles registered to the same household address.
    This is a list fees to use the WI State Parks.

    State Parks, Southern Forests, Recreation Areas, and Trails
    Camping fees Per site per night
    WI resident $10 to $12
    Non-resident $12 to $14
    Extra charge for electricity $5
    Extra charge for water view $3

    Reservation fees Per reservation
    Reservation fee $10
    Reservation cancellation fee $5
    Fee for changing reservation site or dates $8

    Group Camping Fees
    Number of people Nightly fee
    Non-electric sites
    1-20 $40
    21-30 $60
    31-40 $80
    41-50 $100
    51-60 $120
    61-70 $140
    For groups of more than 70, add $20 for each increment of 10 people, to a maximum of $300 per group site.

    Northern Forest Campgrounds
    Camping fees Per site per night
    WI resident $9 to $12
    Non-resident $11 to $14
    Extra charge for electricity $5

    Reservation fees Per reservation
    Reservation fee $10
    Reservation cancellation fee $5
    Fee for changing reservation site or dates $8

    Nelson Dewey and Yellowstone Lake Group Camping Fees
    Number of people Nightly fee
    Electric sites
    1-20 $60
    21-30 $80
    31-40 $100

    Beginning Memorial Day Weekend 2006, there will be a $3 per site per night increase for camping on Memorial Day through Labor Day and on Friday and Saturday nights in September and October at the following places:
    Big Bay State Park
    Devil's Lake State Park
    Hartman Creek State Park
    Kohler-Andrae State Park
    Mirror Lake State Park
    Peninsula State Park
    Point Beach State Forest
    Willow River State Park
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    WI State Park Camping Fees

    Quote Originally Posted by vetbmwrider View Post
    Here is some information if you are planning on using the Wisconsin State Parks, a person can make reservation online for the dates that you are going to use the camp grounds. From my travels some state only use the first come only policy which leaves you guessing if you have a camp site or not.. Pike lake only has 32 camp sites which about 10 miles away from the rally site. The web site to register is http://dnr.wi.gov/ and this site will give you information on all the WI State Parks. The State of Wisconsin also charges a vehicle admission sticker per vehicle the fees are for using the state parks.
    2007 sticker fees
    Sticker fees Annual Half price* Daily One-hour
    WI resident $25 $12.50 $7 $5
    WI resident age 65 and older $10 N/A $3 N/A
    Non-resident $35 $17.50 $10 $5
    Bus, Wisconsin $10
    Bus, out of state $14
    ÔÇó Half-price annual stickers are available for additional vehicles registered to the same household address.
    This is a list fees to use the WI State Parks.

    State Parks, Southern Forests, Recreation Areas, and Trails
    Camping fees Per site per night
    WI resident $10 to $12
    Non-resident $12 to $14
    Extra charge for electricity $5
    Extra charge for water view $3

    Reservation fees Per reservation
    Reservation fee $10
    Reservation cancellation fee $5
    Fee for changing reservation site or dates $8

    Group Camping Fees
    Number of people Nightly fee
    Non-electric sites
    1-20 $40
    21-30 $60
    31-40 $80
    41-50 $100
    51-60 $120
    61-70 $140
    For groups of more than 70, add $20 for each increment of 10 people, to a maximum of $300 per group site.
    Michael (vetbmwrider),

    Thank you very much for your detailed information regarding (early arrival) camping at Wisconsin State Parks.

    Because of the Wisconsin State vehicle admissions fee, in addition to the Wisconsin State camping fee, plus higher fees for out-of-state visitors at State campgrounds (NOTE: I would expect the majority of early arrivals would be from out-of-state), I was hoping that the Rally Chairperson (or her camping cordinator designee) would recommend an appropiate campground for early arrivals to meet. For example, perhaps BMWMOA early arrivals could qualify for the Group Camping Fees, if a State park was recommended, thereby saving us all some money. OR, the Rally Chairperson (or her camping cordinator designee) could recommend a non-State (private or county) campground that would give us all a discount, in return for many mid-week early arrival campers. Whatever campground was selected, it would have to be announced on the BMWMOA website, so we all know where to go. To get a group rate, or other discounted rates, it probably would have to be arranged by a Wisconsin resident and BMWMOA designee.

    In addition, if a local BMW Club sponsored the early arrival camping, they could charge for firewood, coffee, etc to fill their club's treasury, and provide sight-seeing hints to early arrivals. The total early arrival camping administration could be turned over to a BMWMOA club member and his local BMW club, so the Rally Chairperson would not have any additional headaches, as planning the Rally is enough.

    I would gladly volunteer to assist the camping coordinator once I arrived at the early arrival campground on July 6, 2007.

    Regards,
    Richard

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    County parks don't charge a high fee for camping. there is no residency requirement.

    Horicon Ledge park is nice. I've been going there since a kid. Let me know how many would be interested in a group camp and I could call the county guys, to maybe set something up.

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