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TVA Parks Expect Capacity Crowds over the 4th

With gas prices rising as the spring travel season began, Tim Haney was unsure what to expect at Joe Wheeler State Park campground in northern Alabama. Haney, park superintendent, said while $4-per-gallon fuel prices have taken a toll on the number of campers driving long distances to camp there, business remains brisk at the campground, according to the Times Daily, Florence, Ala. "We're already full for the Fourth of July weekend and are turning people away," Haney said. "We're... Read more

Camp Hosts Honored for 15-Year Service

For nearly 15 years, George and Barb Carley have made Bunker Hills Regional Park near St. Paul, Minn., their home from April until October. They are the park's official hosts. "I call this our Garden of Eden, and every year I want to come back to it," Barb Carley told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. When they retired, the Carleys hit the road in their camper. They met several park hosts as they traveled the country and thought it would be a fun job, George Carley, 74, said. So Barb Carley,... Read more

Storm-Ravaged Campground Reopens

Gulf Haven Campground near Gulfport, Miss., has undergone several facelifts over the past three decades. Before Hurricane Camille, the site was a small motel serving residents and visitors of the coast. It reopened as a beach front RV park, but Hurricane Katrina in 2005 changed that too, according to WLOX-TV, Biloxi. "It has been a nightmare but we have been blessed with people trying to help us," said owner Diane Henderson. Henderson is the most recent member of her family to take ownership... Read more

Check that Propane Cylinder!

It has come to the attention of the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) that propane cylinders are being used in the manufacturing of methamphetamines, commonly referred to as “”crank.” Manufacturers of this illegal substance are using propane cylinders for the storage and the use of anhydrous ammonia, NPGA said in a recent safety bulletin. These cylinders have been found in many states at cylinder exchange and refilling locations as well as in hotel rooms and mobile laboratories, where... Read more

LSI to Sponsor 40th Anniversary Cruise

To mark Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park franchise system’s 40th anniversary in 2009, Leisure Systems Inc. (LSI) is sponsoring its annual Symposium in conjunction with the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) InSites ARVC Convention in Orlando, Fla., LSI announced this week. Following the convention and symposium, franchisees are invited to take a three-day cruise to the Bahamas. The convention dates are Nov. 10-13, 2009. LSI franchisees will be honored by ARVC at a banquet during... Read more

Flooded Minnesota Parks Re-open

DunRomin’ Park Campground owner Dawn Johnson saw beauty in the aftermath of a flood. An Austin, Minn., couple was evacuated from the secluded rural Caledonia, Minn., campground the night of flash floods June 8 with about 60 other campers, but they returned for a few days to help clean. A group of regulars who lost their campers brought Johnson flowers. “People’s kindness and generosity in a bad situation is the real story,” Johnson said. After thousands of volunteer hours and a lot of sweat,... Read more

Firm Provides Lightning Detection System

Commercial Recreation Specialists (CRS), a supplier to the campground industry, provided site assessment consulting and design services for an early-warning lightning detection system at two East Coast camps. After a 2005 lightning-safety incident at YMCA Camp Tockwogh in Worton, Md., CRS completed a safety and risk evaluation and recommended installation of a Strike Guard early-warning lightning detection system, manufactured by Wxline, according to Rich Wills, CRS vice president. “The Strike... Read more

Idaho Park Caters to Rock Climbers

Used to be that if you wanted to camp among the beautiful and fascinating rocks at the City of Rocks in southern Idaho, all you had was primitive camping. That was fine with members of the rock-climbing culture who would throw down a tarp and sleeping bag and hit the sack after belting down a few beers after a 16-hour cross-country drive to the place. Today, the area sports a new RV-friendly campground that makes it easier for families to camp in the area, according to The Idaho Statesman, Boise. And... Read more

Campers Hear Tree Fall in the Forest

A mangled picnic table sat pinned under a fallen tree Tuesday (June 24) in Oswald West Hike-in Campground near Arch Cape, Ore. The tree, a spruce estimated to be about 400 years old and 6.5 feet in diameter fell, disrupting and damaging four campsites, around midnight Tuesday, according to The Daily Astorian, Astoria, Ore. Nehalem Bay State Park Manager Larry Oswald said, "We were very fortunate, That no one was injured was a miracle and we accept that." He said the tree had been classified... Read more

Feds Seek ARVC Help to Find Fugitive

The FBI and U.S. Marshall’s Office have prevailed upon the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) and its 4,000 members to be on the lookout for a fugitive. Hedge fund swindler Samuel Israel III is allegedly on the run in a Class C motorhome after staging his suicide to avoid jail time. He may be staying in RV parks, campgrounds or highway rest areas. Israel is described as standing 5/11” tall and weighing 200 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. According to The Associated... Read more

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