Campgrounds Find It Pays to be Dog Friendly
Let's face it, dogs are tolerated but aren't necessarily embraced in many public places.
But campgrounds are a different story, especially at the Edgewater Resort in Kelseyville, Calif., which not only gives each dog a treat and their own nametag when they arrive, but invites them to swim with their owners at its private beach, which fronts Clear Lake, California's largest natural body of water.
"There aren't many places where they let dogs swim, which is a shame since most dogs love to swim and play catch," said Sandra West, the park's owner.
But Edgewater Resort's dog-friendly approach has made it a top destination for camping enthusiasts who travel with their pets. "At least half of the people who come here bring dogs," West said, adding, "We probably have 30 to 50 dogs here every weekend."
Debbie Sipe, executive director of the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC), said in a news release that private park owners are becoming more sensitive to the needs of dog owners in response to industry research, which has shown that large numbers of people travel with their pets.
While over 90% of the RV parks and campgrounds listed on Camp-California.com accept dogs, most have relatively limited amenities for pets, aside from a designated dog run. However, a handful of parks are investing in unique pet amenities and activities. They include: