New system coming in Feb. for state park reservations


The good news from the Forest, Park and Wildlife Service is that a new reservation system will allow vacationers to reserve cabins in state parks one year in advance. The bad news is that the plan will not go into effect until Feb. 4, 1991.

The new reservation system will replace the lottery system used in past years to determine which applicants were awarded dates in state park cabins. However, reservations must be made one year in advance. So that a camper who meets the requirements for the reservation program would be able to reserve dates no sooner than Feb. 4, 1992.

Although there will be a year wait, campers will be able to deal directly with the state park of their choice under the new system. Business hours at state parks are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Reservations must be made for one-week interval between Memorial Day and Labor Day and for at least two nights during the remainder of the operating season.

Required at the time of reservation will be names and addresses for all persons in the camping party and telephone numbers. Reservations also must be accompanied by a $50 deposit that is nonrefundable.

A brochure for state parks cabins is available from the Department of Natural Resources-Forest, Park and Wildlife Service, 580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, Md. 21401.

* The DNR has banned ruffed grouse hunting in Charles Count to protect ruffed grouse being released by the department as part of a re-establishment of the species in Maryland Coastal Plain. The ruffed grouse season opened Oct. 5.

* The boating season at Prettyboy and Liberty reservoirs is bein extended to December 16 to allow fishermen a longer shot at the striped bass fishing on the reservoirs. Normally, season boat permit holders are required to remove their boats from reservoir property by Nov. 30.

George G. Balog, director of the Baltimore City Department o Public Works, said that weather permitting, the boat ramps will be kept open and permit holder will have to remove their boats from reservoir property by Dec. 17.

* The Maryland Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its annua national banquet fund-raiser Saturday evening at the Inn at Cross Keys. Proceeds from the affair will benefit the chapter's work on the Gunpowder River. For more information, call Allan Dale III at 301-653-2917.

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