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Minnesota State Park/Campground Closings Likely

Up to 10 Minnesota state parks might have to be mothballed until state finances improve under funding cuts included in Republican-backed environmental bills approved by the Minnesota House and Senate, state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officials said. Under the plan, the parks would remain open but campgrounds and buildings probably would be closed and unstaffed, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. Since operating costs vary from park to park, DNR officials said they are uncertain how... Read more

Pettibone Park Flood Likely as 'Old Muddy' Rises

The Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wis., is creeping closer to flood stage, threatening a popular campground located along its banks. The river was at 11.65 feet at 6 a.m. today (March 31), according to the National Weather Service website, just below the 12-foot flood stage. The website indicates the river should hit flood stage in La Crosse on Saturday. According to the website, when the river stage is at 12 feet, Pettibone campground and RV park is flooded and some lowland flooding occurs in... Read more

Jarvis to Address Parks and Health at Forum

Jon Jarvis The connection among parks, public lands and health takes the national spotlight next week as National Park Service (NPS) Director Jon Jarvis hosts a cross-sector Healthy Parks Healthy People US forum in the Golden Gate National Parks. Co-hosted by the Institute at the Golden Gate and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the conference will be held April 5-6 at Fort Baker in Sausalito, Calif., according to a news release Speaking to more than 100 leaders in health care, the environment,... Read more

Park Owner Named to Stanford's Who's Who

Teri L. Boyce, owner and general manager of Diamond Jack's RV Ranch Inc. for the past 17 years, has been named to Stanford University's Who's Who. She was named in part due to her " phenomenal work in the travel and tourism industry," according to a news release. "Teri has consistently demonstrated the vision, dedication and diligence necessary to be considered among the best." Diamond Jack's RV Ranch, which is conveniently located near San Diego, provides... Read more

Oregon Relaxes Pet Policy at State Cabins/Yurts

Starting Jan. 1, 2012, dogs and cats will be permitted in state-owned 20 yurts and 13 cabins at 21 campgrounds throughout Oregon, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) announced Tuesday (March 29). The change comes on the heels of a successful pilot program at three campgrounds that began in May 2009. Since then, a yurt at South Beach, a cabin at Stub Stewart and two cabins at LaPine have allowed campers of the four-legged variety, the Corvallis Gazette Times reported. “The experiment... Read more

Campers Gather for NASCAR Race

Rainy weather never seems to keep race fans away. They've been pouring into the Martinsville Speedway campgrounds, for Sunday's Goody's Fast Relief 500, WSET-TV, Lynchburg, Va., reported So many campers say they want to get in early so they can get the best spot. There is definitely an art to NASCAR camping and that's part of what makes it so fun for these fans. They have elaborate setups that bring all the comforts of home, to the excitement at the track! Dedicated race campers... Read more

RVers Move to Higher Ground; Flooding Subsides

More than 100 people in California's North Valley have received voluntary evacuation notices due to rising floodwaters, KFSN-TV, Fresno, reported. Firefighters rescued a horse from one of the mobile home parks that's in the affected area. Three other mobile home and RV parks in Newman and Crows Landing are also impacted by the rising San Joaquin River. Stanislaus County Sheriff's Deputies are concerned about the presence of raw sewage and a lack of drinking water and electricity. But... Read more

Storm Damages RV at Central Florida KOA

Homes and property at the KOA Kampground in Mims, Fla., sustained significant damage Wednesday (March 30), as a severe storm crossed central Florida. A tree fell on a recreational vehicle inside the campground. The RV's owners said they heard branches snapping, and then a giant rotting tree came crashing down, Channel 13 News, Orlando, reported. Branches and broken tree limbs were scattered throughout the campgrounds this morning. People who live at the site said the storm was terrifying and... Read more

The Nation's Largest RV Rally Expands in 2010

With a much stronger focus on and commitment to Good Sam members and their experiences, Good Sam, the nation’s largest RV community, announced Wednesday (March 30) a ramp up going forward on their rally activities. The colossal Phoenix International Raceway in Arizona is gearing up for The Rally March 22-25, 2012, followed by charming Louisville, Ky., June 21 – 24. Historic Daytona International Speedway in Florida will fly the green flag for RVers Oct. 25 – 28 and round out the RV rally circuit... Read more

Chino Valley Resident Takes KOA's Side

Editor's Note: The following Letter to the Editor of the Chino Valley (Ariz.) Review was written by resident Rick Nichols in support of a proposed campground in his community. In answer to the venomous letter by Conrad Shapiro (in the March 23 issue of the Review), I am also deeply concerned. Shapiro has no knowledge of the RV world and his poison pen drips of his ignorance. The Kampgrounds of America project will bring more than 100 local jobs during its construction. It will not require a... Read more

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