Campground Industry News
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ARVC Michigan Confab Wraps Season
A strong summer helped offset a slow-to-arrive spring, reported members of the Michigan Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds. About 65 people representing 25 campgrounds had gathered for the organization’s recent Fall Conference, which included a membership meeting and tours of four campgrounds in southeast Michigan’s Monroe County.
Dave Cordray, owner of White River RV Park & Campground in Montague and president of ARVC Michigan, said it’s been a good year for Michigan campground owners.
“Most everyone I’ve talked to is reporting an increase this year — not a huge increase, but an increase nonetheless,” Cordray said. “We started slow because of the extended weather. The winter delayed spring, which delayed our camping season. But the rest of the summer and this fall we’ve been able to recover from the slow start.”
Lori Tewes, ARVC Michigan executive director, said another reason why campgrounds are enjoying so much success is the resurgence of the RV industry. “I’m seeing RVs everywhere,” she said. “People are staying local and doing the camping thing versus going on an out-of-state vacation. I haven’t had one person tell me they had a bad season. Everyone did extremely well.”
The four campgrounds on the tour included River Raisin Marina & Campground in Monroe, Harbortown RV Resort in Monroe, Monroe/Toledo North KOA in Petersburg, Totem Pole Park in Petersburg and River Raisin Livery & Campground in Dundee.
The conference was sponsored by Future Insurance Agency Inc., Katt Insurance Agency LLC, Lansing Sanitary Supply Inc., Eagle Strategies LLC and Club Car LLC.