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Tourists pack City Beach along Little Detroit Lake on July 4 this year. The lakes area kept drawing tourists despite cold temperatures during the early part of the season and the recession keeping some from travelling to their favorite destinations. (Brian Basham/DL Newspapers)

A good summer season

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The cold weather didn't seem to dampen tourism in the lakes area - at least that's what local business owners are saying.

In addition to cooler temperatures, the recession played a positive role for tourism in the region.

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American Legion Campground owner Neil Erickson said people are staying closer to home instead of going to distant locations.

"Some of them didn't travel as far," Erickson said. "They went camping instead."

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