People who go camping at state parks in Missouri can now add laptops and iPads to their lists of camping gear and supplies.
Prior to this year, only Bennett Spring State Park had WiFi service, which was used mainly for live trout cameras during trout season. Renee Bungart with the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says WiFi service has now been expanded to eleven state park campgrounds.
“Coverage really depends on the state park that they’re going to visit," Bungart said. "Some of our larger, more popular parks have full coverage across the campgrounds, and some of our other parks just have some hot spots, such as the visitor’s center.”
Bungart says they plan to expand WiFi services to more campgrounds over the summer.
“We do anticipate having about 37 of our campgrounds that will provide the wireless WiFi by the end of the year," Bungart said. "(The) majority of those hopefully will be implemented by the end of this summer.”
There are 40 state parks in Missouri that have campgrounds. Bungart says, though, three of the 40 are considered too small or remote and will not get the service.
WiFi service is being offered free of charge.