Arkansas State Campground Adds 50-Amp Service
The Bull Shoals-White River State Park in northern Arkansas has amped up its campsites for visitors this summer, according to the Baxter Bulletin, Mountain Home, Ark.
The park's campground area "A," which has 28 campsites, has been completely renovated and now features 50-amp electrical service, water and full sewer hookups at each campsite, said Park Superintendent Tracy King.
"Bigger rigs require more electricity," King said, adding that campers use more electricity now than in the past.
Previously, the campsites offered only 30-amp electrical service, he said.
The campground area "A," located next to the White River and near Bull Shoals Dam, has been in the park since the late 1970s or early 1980s, King said.
Park officials started planning for the project, which began in August 2009, more than two years ago, King said.
The upgrades include larger living areas and longer RV pads, and 16 of the sites feature tent pads, King said. All of the sites, including an Americans with Disabilities Act site, have new picnic tables, fire rings, pedestal grills and lantern hangers.
A loop in the access road also was relocated and two pull-through sites were added, King said.
Throughout, trees continue to shade the campground.
"We preserved as many trees as we could so shade wouldn't be as affected," King said.
Those camping at the park this week seemed to appreciate the changes.
"It's clean, quiet and shady," said Glen Boykin of Norwood, Mo., who was camping at the park for the first time. He found the park while searching the Internet and says he plans to return.
The improvements were made from a $797,225 Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council grant, King said. The project's engineering/design consultant was Marlar Engineering Co. Inc. of Little Rock and the contractor was Noacon Inc. of Fairfield Bay, he said.
Bull Shoals-White River State Park offers 103 campsites and two rental RV trailers. The park, which King says has the highest occupancy rate of all state parks in Arkansas, also features bathhouses and flush toilets.