If you are thinking of visiting Lincoln State Park, be ready to have a DNR officer hovering over you questioning your every move. We had our annual soup cook out at the park this past weekend, 54 campers, all family and friends. Our group included every one from 3 months old to 94 years old. This group has been gathering for over 42 years, inviting everyone to join in on a pitch-in meal and a kettle of vegetable soup. We started to encounter problems when or friends and family coming in for just the pitch-in meal, where not aloud to drive in and drop off their food and coolers at the camp site we where all meeting at. The front gate instructed them they had to carry chairs, coolers, food and infants into the camp ground by foot. As far as our handicapped visitors each where questioned and then asked to show license and proof of their handicap, never had they been so humiliated. During the day we had a peddle tractor contest for the kids, which we openly invite all in the camp sit to participate. A DNR officer stood at the event, smoking his cigarette observing us, then told the group we had to quit down. It was quite odd that the leaf blowers the park employees where using on the top of the bathhouses at the same time kept making their loud annoying sound. During the evening hours, around the camp fire, a group of about 12 was sitting around the campfire talking, and the DNR came up and informed us that we needed to shut it down and go to bed. On Sunday all the group went home except 6 campers, at 10:45 am, the camp employes started a loud engine or pump and was going around shutting off our water and draining the water lines. Our quite camping experiance was shadowed by the loud sound of a pump running next to our campers. We had to call the office and tell them we would like to sit around the camp fire, and be able to talk with each other without yelling. Our campers were also still hooked up to water, at our paid camp site. DNR came by an informed us that they had to blow out the lines so they would not freeze and the camp site really did not have to provide water. Be warned, we have been going to this park for over 40 years and never have we been treated so rude and felt so harassed.
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