Thursday, March 30, 2023


KOA camping report forecasts nearly 18 MILLION campers over Memorial Day

By Mike Gast
The camping research numbers for this summer keep rolling in. They all point to a record year for camping in the U.S.

A recent survey by the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) is projecting that 56 million camping families will hit the road this summer in an RV. On Thursday, Kampgrounds of America Inc. released results of its May KOA Monthly Research Report. It projects more than 17.8 million households will kick off the camping season over the Memorial Day weekend alone in the U.S. and Victoria Day weekend in Canada.

Extended stays on holiday weekends

The KOA study also found that 14% of those holiday weekend campers will be staying in campgrounds (all campgrounds, not just KOAs) an additional day or two beyond the holiday, and 10% are saying they plan to stay an entire extra week before or after the holiday weekend.

The scientific KOA survey said there were 6.75 million families camping in March and 7.24 million camping in April. In addition, 21 million families are projected to camp during the entire month of May.

KOA’s study compared to RVIA’s version

KOA’s overall study is a bit less aggressive on the total camper numbers for the year than RVIA’s version. KOA is projecting a total of 52.6 million camping families in 2021, up from 48.2 million in 2020. That includes 4.3 million brand-new campers this year. Again, these numbers are for all campers, not just those using KOA parks.

“As the travel industry continues to rebound from the pandemic, we believe it is important to closely monitor campers’ behavior and sentiment toward camping and travel in general,” said Toby O’Rourke, president and CEO of Kampgrounds of America. She continued,“Campers continue to indicate that they feel camping is safer than other forms of travel. This, coupled with lower rates of COVID-19 impacting summer camping plans, gives us a positive outlook for a strong camping season ahead.”

Two-thirds of campers surveyed will be vaccinated this summer

A full 67% of campers responding to the KOA survey said they are or will be vaccinated this summer.

The KOA Monthly Report said the top three locations for camping this summer will be national parks (74% of campers), state parks (73%), and private campgrounds (68%).

You can view the full KOA Monthly Research Report here. Cairn Consulting Group conducted the survey for the report.




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1 year ago

, and how many new camping places have been added so as to ease the demand at weekends ?

I’m with Gary G on this one, we’ve stayed at a KOA on two occasions, the second time just to make sure it wasn’t a one off mistake.

There are lots of spaces for all of us but we need to try and do something about people block booking for every Friday and Saturday night then cancelling at the last minute. I know it sounds Draconian but what about having a blanket no refund policy from June 1st to end of August ?

By the way, we all have two things in common, one is our opinion and the other is at the southern end of your back, they may not be that same but we still have them.

Gary G
1 year ago

I will do KOA a big favor and not crowd their camp grounds. KOA has not been our choice of camp grounds for years, they need updating and I don’t care for neighbors sewer hose under my picnic table.

1 year ago

“A full 67% of campers responding to the KOA survey said they are or will be vaccinated this summer.”

So 33% don’t care if they spread the virus… ain’t that something.

1 year ago
Reply to  Bill

Maybe they have already had the virus and have the antibodies. Don’t be too quick to judge. Just go out and enjoy the great outdoors.

1 year ago
Reply to  Bill

Or maybe they are making the choice to not be vaccinated. Right, wrong or indifferent. We live in America…ain’t that something.

1 year ago

Love to hear it, ie overcrowding campgrounds, kids yelling, dogs barking, walk out your door and touch the rv next to you, poop spillage, poor internet service, electric boxes overloaded, fires flaming and smoke all hours of the day, overbooked reservations, pool and jacuzzi down for maintenance, rv supplies in stores not available, unable to make a weeks or long stay reservations. Hate to say it, but RV’g is not and I say not what it use to be. I’ll just honker down in my cabin in the mountains and laugh my glutus maximus off, oh wait, did I just hear birds chirping? So quiet.

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