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New RV Park Planned for Central Washington

Orchardist Dean Taplett is seeking approval for a 37-space RV park near Wenatchee, Wash., in the center of the state.  The application for the Lincoln Rock RV Park – Taplett's second attempt in three years to develop the former orchard – will go before the Chelan County hearings examiner at 1 p.m. Wednesday, according to The Wenatchee World.  Taplett's plan also includes a pool, restrooms and showers, laundry facility, general store, park and picnic areas.  The property... Read more

Canadian Mounties Don't Get Their Man, This Time

For a week it was the biggest mystery and best kept secret in New Brunswick – making headlines across Canada's Maritime provinces.  Now one of the men who found his campground and business near Kingston, New Brunswick, at the center of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) search has broken his silence, according to the Saint John Telegraph-Journal.  The Mounties, David Weaver said, were looking for a body at Hidden Valley Campground that he and his father John own. After a week of... Read more

Delaware Camping Season 'Going to Look Good'

Phones were ringing off the hook last week at the Holly Lake Camp Sites near Long Neck, Del.  That's just one small indicator that the state's RV camping market is on the rebound after being hit hard by high gas prices the last few years, which kept many campers off the road, according to delmarvatoday.com.  Southern Delaware's many public and private campgrounds are reporting a strong season, despite the economic downturn.  "The summer's going to look good," said... Read more

Coleman Partners With Mak-A-Dream Camp

The Coleman Co. Inc. is announcing support for a cause to ensure more opportunities are provided for youngsters with cancer to enjoy life-changing experiences outdoors.  About 8,600 kids age 14 and under will be diagnosed this year with the disease. Many will hear about a special youth camp in Montana where, for one week, the power of the outdoors can send fear and anxiety into complete remission.  To shine a light on the cause, Coleman has launched a charitable giving and awareness campaign for... Read more

New Jellystone Franchisee Embraces 'Staycation'

Amid an economic recession, many Americans are expected to take more locally based vacations this summer, which is good news for a newly remodeled Austin, Minn., RV park, according to the Austin Herald.  Beaver Trails Park in Austin became a national Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in April. With Yogi Bear and friends on board the park has already seen about a 20% boost in visitors, owner Laura Tolner said, and hopes to see even more customers over the summer, as people are expected to still... Read more

Nothing Amiss in Mounties Campground Search

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have folded up their tent and left the Hidden Valley Campground near Kingston, New Brunswick, saying they found nothing after a week of searching.  Sgt. Steve Gourdeau put out a press release late Friday (June 26), according to the Saint John Telegraph-Journal.  "On Monday, the RCMP executed a warrant to look for evidence in relation to a criminal investigation," Gourdeau wrote.  "The search was related to information the police received.... Read more

Ohio Lawmakers Eye Campground Closures

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources could lose 41% of state funding by 2011 under a proposal to reduce the state's $3.2 billion budget shortfall, according to the Columbus Dispatch.  Part of the solution would be closing some of the 55 campgrounds and 9,000 campsites throughout the state, Director Sean Logan said. Campgrounds that don't produce much income, such as the Great Seal State Park in Chillicothe, would be closed, he said. Some campsites at larger facilities, such as East... Read more

Alabama Park Experiments with Teepees

If you can't afford a recreational vehicle or even a tent, there's a more primitive solution: a tepee.  Those who don't need to camp with air conditioning or plumbing, staples of the ritzy RVs lining McFarland Park near Florence, Ala., can turn to tepees overlooking the Tennessee River, according to the Florence Times Daily.  Constructed by the same people who made tepees for the motion film "Dances With Wolves," the canvas, cone-shaped havens will be available at McFarland... Read more

Florida's Campgrounds Look to the Future

It's a tough economy, right?  Not so harsh, for Whispering Pines Village in Sebring, Fla. Well, only 13 customers are there right now; the snowbirds left in April.  But the park, which has room for 154 recreational vehicles and 75 mobile homes, is booked for the coming winter, according to theTampa Tribune.  "My park is already full for next year," said Mary Cassidy. She and her husband, Edward, manage the RV park.  They don't advertise, Cassidy said. "Word of mouth.... Read more

Private Campgrounds Evolve to Meet Demand

With more people having less vacation cash in their pockets this year, camping is becoming a popular way for families to spend time together.  "They look at it as, it's the most economical way to take a family on vacation," said Janice S. LaFrance, who has owned Sodom Mountain Campground in Southwick, Mass., with husband David for 26 years.  At resort campgrounds like Sodom Mountain, camping, activities and special amenities come in an all-inclusive package, according to the Springfield Republican.  "There... Read more

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