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Michigan Kampground First KOA to Offer Yurts

The Higgins Lake, Mich., KOA this year will become the first in the Kampgrounds of America chain to formally offer yurts to its guests. Owner Wynn Taylor is taking delivery of three yurts from Pacific Yurts in April and will have them ready when the park opens May 1. Taylor, who converted the campground to the KOA system last year, was considering yurts even before she purchased the 106-site facility, she told Woodall’s Campground Management. The Pacific Yurt is a circular structure that consists... Read more

Iowa Campground Owners Eye Better Marketing

Association and individual campground marketing was a focal point of discussion at the Iowa Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds Spring Meeting March 26 at Doggs RV Park in Iconium, Iowa. “We have produced a directory for four years and it’s well done,” Beth Saxton, association president and manager of Colony Country Campground in North Liberty, Iowa, told Woodall’s Campground Management. “The question becomes, is that what we want to keep doing, or is there another vehicle to get the... Read more

Agency Weighs Campground Privatization

Martin County (Fla.) Commissioners on Tuesday (April 1) will consider a proposal that could lead to private operation of Phipps Park Campground, a county-owned recreational vehicle facility located in Stuart, Fla. But area residents say adding a "KOA-like park" — and doubling the existing operation — will increase traffic and impact their neighborhood. And two men are organizing neighbors to attend the commission meeting and protest the plans, according to TCPalm, West Palm Beach. County... Read more

Scenic Sioux City Campground Opens

You know it's finally spring when the Scenic Park Campground in Sioux City, Iowa, opens, as it did on Saturday (March 29). Despite a little wind and a cold and rainy forecast for the next few days, campers were already calling to make their campsite reservations for the new season, campground hostess Sue Brown said. If previous seasons are predictive, the campground will be filled with RVs, fifth-wheels and some tents, sometimes to capacity, until it closes on Oct. 31, according to the Sioux... Read more

'Eco-Tourist’ Campground Gets Initial OK

The Half Moon Bay (Calif.) City Council has endorsed one step toward a project to build a campground and recreational vehicle park catering to “eco-tourists”— vacationers who flock to areas with unspoiled fauna or flora. On March 18, the council unanimously approved the first step of a zoning change for a plot of unused farmland, according to the Half Moon Bay Review and Pescadero Pebble. The land is scheduled to change from an agricultural designation to another aimed at enticing visitors... Read more

Nebraska Welcomes New Campground

A new campground should be opening this spring in the Grand Island, Neb., area. The first nine camper pads for a planned 50-site development are being constructed at the Heartland Public Shooting Park. It's a development that will be created over time as money allows and demand dictates, according to the Grand Island Independent. Although the city always had plans to create the campground, actual development didn't begin until last year when the city approved a $15,000 contract with L &... Read more

California Reopens Forest Campgrounds

Residents can go back into tens of thousands of acres of the Cleveland National Forest outside San Diego, Calif., but the cost of camping at many spots in the forest is likely to increase by 20% or more in coming months. In separate actions on Wednesday (March 26), the U.S. Forest Service lifted most of the access restrictions in place since the October wildfires and officials said campground fees were not covering the cost of maintaining the facilities, according to the San Diego Union Tribune. Forest... Read more

Affinity’s Daquino to Oversee Clubs Division

Affinity Group Inc. announced that Joe Daquino will be taking on an expanded role as president of Affinity Clubs, replacing Grant Miller who resigned for a position with Chicago Title. Daquino will continue in his role as senior vice president, multi-media division. His new responsibilities will involve oversight of all Affinity Clubs, including the Good Sam Club, Coast to Coast, Camp Club USA, Golf Card International and the newly formed RV Handyman Club. Daquino started with Affinity in 1984 as... Read more

Minnesota Park Owners Air Concerns in St. Paul

The president of the Minnesota Resort and Campground Association (MRCA) stressed the importance of resort and campground preservation, especially property tax relief, during a presentation earlier this month to the state's legislators. Paul Bugbee, owner of Bug-Bee Hive Resort, Paynesville, was speaking at the 20th annual Hospitality Tourism Day at the Capitol, an event where the state's hospitality industry brings its concerns directly to legislators. Bugbee was bemoaning the 65% erosion... Read more

Fall Opening for Montana Motorcoach Resort

Real estate entrepreneur Jeanne Rizzotto has a penchant for unusual projects, and creating the Of Course RV Resort LLC, the first of many motorcoach resorts in the nation to include a designer golf course, is her most unusual endeavor to date. Located just north of the historic mountain town of Red Lodge and an hour away from Billings, Montana's largest city, the first in a series of resorts is scheduled to open in the fall, according to a news release. The 190-acre resort will feature a private... Read more

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