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Buy camping online to give as the ideal gift

This year, for the first time, you can buy camping gift cards online for Department of Natural Resources camping.

That means you can give the gift of camping and other related reservations to your outdoorsy friends from the comfort of your home or office.

This card may be used to make reservations or register as a walk-in for Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs, as well as Covered Bridge, Deam Lake, Greene-Sullivan and Starve Hollow DNR Forestry properties, for cabins (excluding inns-operated cabins), campsites, cottages, group camps, recreation buildings, rent-a-camp cabins, picnic shelters and youth and rally camps.

More details are at innsgifts.com, the website for Mother Nature’s Mercantile, from which you can order.

Gift cards can be purchased in $25, $50, $75, $100, $150 and $200 increments. They can also be purchased at DNR property offices or by phone at (866) 622-6746.

Camping reservations are now being accepted for 2015 at 1-866-622-6746 or Camp.IN.gov. You can reserve up to six months in advance of your desired arrival date. Memorial Day weekend reservations can be made starting Nov. 22..