Oregon Reservation System Down for 2 Weeks

Oregon state park camping reservations and changes to existing reservations will be unavailable from 5 p.m. March 31 through 8 a.m. April 14. The temporary closure will affect telephone and online reservations while the 1995-era reservation system is upgraded, according to Park campgrounds will remain open during the reservation blackout, with campsites available on a first-come basis. Previous reservations will remain valid. For information, call (800) 551-6949, or look online at... Read more

Travel Promotion Act on Way to White House

Landmark legislation that establishes a multi-million dollar, public-private partnership to promote the United States as a premier travel destination and better explain travel security policies to foreign travelers gained final passage by a strong bipartisan vote of 78 to 18 in the Senate Thursday (Feb. 25), according to a news release. According to independent analysis by Oxford Economics, the program could attract 1.6 million additional visitors from other countries and create more than $4 billion... Read more

Council Backpedals on 50% Campground Fee Hike

Scenes from the publicly owned RV park in Beaver, Ark. After numerous complaints about increased fees at the RV park, the Beaver, Ark., city council members said during their 2010 budget discussion Feb. 15 that they will look at lowering fees for the upcoming season, according to the Lovely County Citizen, Eureka Springs, Ark. Linus and Media Shockley, park attendants, said people had complained about the high fees, and reservations had decreased because of it. Alderman Debbie Lester said she had... Read more

New York Refunding Reservations for Closed Parks

The long list of possible state park closures includes a dozen campgrounds in central and upstate New York. Many of those parks don’t expect to open this summer due to budget cuts, so they are refunding money to people who already have reservations, according to WSYR-TV, Syracuse. This is in addition to the 55 state parks throughout New York that could also be closed as the result of the $8 billion budget deficit. The governor expects the move to save about $6 million. Dan Keefe, a state parks... Read more

Michigan Parks Featured on KOA 2010 Directory Cover

Professional photography taken in the fall of 2009 at three Kampgrounds of America (KOA) parks in Michigan is being featured in the 2010 edition of the annual KOA Directory. More than 1 million copies of the directory are currently being distributed to KOA campgrounds and campers across the U.S. and Canada, according to a news release. “We decided to do our professional photo shoot at Emmett, Flint and Port Huron because we knew they are beautiful campgrounds, and would truly represent the best... Read more

RV Park 'Likely' For Texas Gulf Coast Location

Tenants in a Gulf of Mexico waterfront mobile home park between Port Aransas and Aransas Pass, Texas, have until July 11 to vacate the area which has erosion problems. An RV park is a likely successor for the area, according to the Corpus Christi Caller Times. Nueces County Park Board commissioners voted Thursday (Feb. 25) to extend the deadline, so a dozen or so residents who live at PJ’s Marina could celebrate one more Fourth of July there with their families. The county owns the property and... Read more

Lions Club Offers to Partner on Alberta Campground

The Lions Club in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, is willing to operate a city-owned campground, club members they told the city council Tuesday (Feb. 23). Peter Belyk, representing the local club, informed the council they would like to partner with the city on a west-end, river-valley campground, according to the Fort Saskatchewan Record. "To build a proper campground costs you millions and millions of dollars," he said. "We can't handle this ourselves but we can sure make it successful... Read more

Florida City Doesn't Want RV Park's Sewage Runoff

Picnic area and dock at Lake Glenada RV and Mobile Home Park in Avon Park, Fla. The Avon Park, Fla., City Council directed the city attorney and Public Works Director Julian Deleon to refuse to accept any more effluent matter from Lake Glenada RV and Mobile Home Park, according to the Sebring News-Sun. The city has accepted the runoff from the park's water treatment plant into its settling ponds for the last 25 years, according to owner Edgar Hudson, and he doesn't understand why the city... Read more

5K Campsites Planned Near Bristol Speedway

The owner of Cedars Golf Course announced a project Thursday (Feb. 25) to gradually turn the Volunteer Parkway facility into a massive camping, parking, hotel and retail complex that would work in tandem with the nearby Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn. Bob Slagle, owner of Cedars Golf Course, said the project – called Bristol’s Thunder Mountain – would be built on 469 acres over a five-year period. He said it would create some 10,000 new parking spots and 5,000 camping spaces near the... Read more

Ballot Initiative to Fund State Parks Draws Interest

A massive volunteer-led signature drive is finding its way to street corners, grocery stores and weekend festivities along California's Central Coast, according to the Santa Cruz Sentinel. The corps of name gatherers, who range from college students to retirees, has seen the gates come down across many of California's 278 state parks this year, and the group thinks the cash-starved park system can be resurrected with a ballot measure. "I don't remember signature-gathering on this... Read more

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