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Dam Repair at NY Campground Completed

Repairs to the structural portion of Pine Lake Dam near Caroga Lake, N.Y., concluded Wednesday (Aug. 29), more than one year after severe floods almost destroyed it, according to the Gloversville Herald-Leader. William and Jeff Houck, who own the dam and Pine Lake Campground & RV Park, say it’s now time to focus on the normal business of the camp and lake. “It’s a relief,” said Jeff Houck. “It felt like it would never end … still though, there is a little bit more to do.” Cosmetic... Read more

GDP Shows Q2 Growth for U.S. Economy

The economy grew at its strongest pace in more than a year during the spring as solid improvements in international trade and business investment helped offset weakness in housing. The Associated Press reported that the gross domestic product (GDP), the broadest measure of economic health, expanded at an annual rate of 4% in the April-June quarter, significantly higher than the 3.4% rate the government had initially estimated a month ago, the Commerce Department reported Thursday (Aug. 30). But the... Read more

Have a Safe and Enjoyable Labor Day

The staff at WoodallsCM.com will be observing Labor Day weekend with limited “Industry News” coverage today (Aug. 31) and then idle the site for the Sept. 3 holiday. We will resume posting all the latest news first thing on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Staff members certainly wish all our readers a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend. – Woodall’s Campground Management Editor & Web Editor Steve Bibler  Read More →

HIV-Positive Toddler Joins RV Park Protest

A 2-year-old boy will join more than 100 AIDS activists convening on Monday (Sept. 3) at the Alabama RV park where he was turned away from using the shared pool and showers because he is HIV-positive, according to Los Angeles Advocate. Caleb Glover and his adoptive parents Silvia and Dick Glover were vacationing at the Wales West RV Park in July when site owner Ken Zadnichek turned the family away. Since then, Zadnichek has apologized and welcomed the activists to a "Family Reunion" organized... Read more

AllStays Enhances Military Camp. Guide

AllStays.com has enhanced and relaunched its guide to military campgrounds around the U.S. according to a news release. The Kingman, Ariz.-based firm lists its Guide to Military Campgrounds and RV Parks at www.allstays.com/campgrounds/military-campgrounds-map.htm. These are also referred to as FamCamps. Each campground has a different set of criteria as to who qualifies to use it but the general idea behind it is provide lower cost camping options for active military, veterans and their families.... Read more

2 Shuttered Mich. Campgrounds May Reopen

Contract negotiations between Schoolcraft County and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources toward reopening the Merwin Creek Campground in Manistique Township and the Mead Creek Campground in Germfask in the state's Upper Peninsula are progressing, according to the Escanaba Daily Press. The DNR closed the campgrounds this year due to budget constraints, resulting in discussions for alternative local management. Manistique Township has pledged $1,000 annually for Merwin Creek maintenance... Read more

Texas Campgrounds Ready for Business

Campsites and cabins are available and in plentiful supply for Labor Day weekend at private campgrounds and RV resorts across the Lone Star State, including the Gulf Coast, according to a news release from the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO). "A lot of people don't understand how big Texas is. They think just because they had a flood in Lubbock that the whole state is washed out," said Mac McLaughlin, owner of the 127-space Hatch RV Park in Corpus Christi. Corpus Christi... Read more

Three Calif. Campgrounds Reopen

Life is beginning to return to normal in California’s Santa Ynez Valley after the Zaca Fire forced dozens of people to evacuate for more than two weeks, according to KSBY-TV, San Luis Obispo. Closed for more than two weeks, some Santa Ynez recreational facilities prepare to welcome back campers. With Labor Day weekend just around the corner, outdoor enthusiasts now have a choice of three more campgrounds to pitch their tents. But not everyone is so sure campers will be ready to come back. Forced... Read more

New Iowa Resort Captures RV Lifestyle

Jack and Nancy Paulsen were looking for a getaway spot, not a place to park their RV. In fact, they didn't have an RV. But they do now. The Omaha couple bought one to put on the lot they purchased at the Wilds, a new luxury RV development near Bartlett, Iowa, according to the Omaha World-Herald. Some of the lots on the bank of the Missouri River have landscaped paths down to the water. By next year, when construction and landscaping are scheduled to be complete, the $5 million resort also will... Read more

CTPA Undergoes Name Change

After years of discussion, the board of the California Travel Parks Association (CTPA) has agreed to change its name. Effective Jan. 1, 2008, the name will become the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds or CalARVC. “’Travel Parks’ no longer represents the current nomenclature within the industry and it hasn’t for many, many years,” Debbie Sipe, executive director, noted in a recent issue of the association’s newsletter. “The name ties too closely with the image of trailer... Read more

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