This time of year, tourism in the Brainerd lakes area cools down along with the temperature.
The last two weeks in August, area resorts begin to see the normal slow period of the season.
"This is a family resort and the kids are getting back to school," said Penny Reffdal, owner of Lake Edward Resort off County Road 3 north of Brainerd. "The Iowa kids are already back to school."
Reffdal, who has owned the eight-cabin resort for 22 years, said she advertises more during the slow period to try to bring in more people.
Overall, the season has been good, but slower than in the past. Reffdal said June was the slowest ever, but July and August were normal.
On the other hand, Joe Fischer, owner of Call of the Loon Resort on Lake Roosevelt in Emily, said this summer was the resort's best season ever. He has owned the resort for seven years and has five cabins.
"From mid-June to now we've been booked," he said. "We have more of the same people coming back. ... It is not because of the airlines."
Fischer said with school and the Minnesota State Fair starting, along with the cooler weather, business usually begins to wind down a bit during the end of the summer season.
Darvin Ferguson, owner of Pine Terrace Resort in Crosslake on Star Lake, said the season has been average. He said more people this season canceled their trips, but he was able to fill the spots quickly.
Ferguson said his resort is running 50 percent for the last two weeks in August, because of football practice and students getting ready for school.
The resort has 12 cabins and Ferguson has owned the resort for three years.
The Labor Day holiday is known as the last major summer weekend for people to get away. Resort owners in the area said they were already booked for that weekend. And those that have an opening or two said people will call at the last minute to make a reservation for the holiday weekend.
Ferguson said Labor Day is full and he offers a cheaper rate after the holiday weekend.
"We are booked after Labor Day," said Ferguson. "We pick up older people (since school is back in session)."
Weather has more of an impact on how busy it will be for other seasonal businesses in the Brainerd lakes area.
Business at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, off of Highway 371 north of Baxter, on Labor Day weekend will depend on the weather, said Manager Sandi Ellman.
"If we have good weather it will be crazy," she said.
Ellman said this season was as busy as it was last year.
"We thought it would be a downslide with the economy, but it has been going very well," she said. "We usually don't slow down until Sept. 3 when the kids go back to school."
Marla Yoho, owner of Kart Kountry at Vacationland Park on Highway 371 north of Baxter, said June was slower than usual, but July and August have been busy.
Yoho said students from the Twin Cities got out of school later this year , a possible reason why the beginning of the summer was slow.
"We usually fall off when the State Fair hits, but we have been real busy today (Friday)," she said. "The season is running longer.
"Overall we have had a good season. ... We have no complaints."
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