New Illinois Park Draws National Audience
The Marion (Ill.) Campground and RV Park is drawing campers from all over the country.
The campground, owned by Jerry and Kim Ross and managed by Julie Ross, opened for business April 1, offers 58 year-around campsites and 27 pull-through sites that feature all the amenities campers need, including satellite TV hookups and wireless Internet, according to the Marion Daily Republican.
“The wireless Internet is a must for those who camp all year long,” said Julie Ross. “They do all their bill paying online and this is one way to be able to continue to travel and still conduct business.”
This summer, the campground has had visitors from Canada, Alaska, New York and South Dakota, to name a few.
Woodall’s has given the Marion Campground and RV Park a Four Star rating.
“Woodall’s is the campers’ bible and for us to be given that rating has really helped,” Ross said. “We offer a nice, quiet, clean and friendly campground that is family-friendly. We are also pet-friendly, but we do ask our patrons to use common courtesy with their pets.”
Ross says that they do encourage pre-registration, but that many people find them by pulling off the Interstate.
“We have flyers in the rest stops and people find us through that,” Ross said. “Also word-of-mouth among the campers is some of our best advertising.”
Ross said that the camping community is a very tight-knit group, which shares with each other when they find a good location.
Included at the campgrounds are showers, a laundry and a pavilion for cookouts. There is an area of playground equipment for the youngsters.
“We have just purchased land next to us and our plans call for a convenience store where food items and camping necessities can be purchased,” Ross said. “I would also like to see us put in a swimming pool. We have had a number of campers ask about swimming.”
Ross said that Marion is an ideal place to camp because of the closeness of many attractions including the national forests and the beautiful scenery.
One big draw for the RV park was the Rent One field and the Miners ball team.
“We had many people who would camp for the weekend and go to the ball games,” Ross said. “The biggest response for this was people who came from Kentucky.”
Overall, Ross said that the first summer for the campground exceeded their expectations and they are looking forward to next summer.