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Missouri River Flooding Closes Iowa State Park

Wilson Island State Park was closed Thursday (April 28) due to flooding from the rising Missouri River, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources announced. Wilson Island, like many state parks, had all of its campsites available for reservation filled for the Memorial Day weekend. Individuals with reservations for park shelters, campsites and the cabin will be notified of the closure and receive a full refund. “The challenge with Wilson Island is, that once water enters the campground, it takes... Read more

RV Park Would Spoil 'Slice of Heaven'

An application to construct an RV park on Boynton Road in Walworth, N.Y., has been wrought with controversy, the Wayne Post reported. In October, TJJK Properties LLC. and Kevin Heald filed an application to construct Twilight Valley RV Resort, which would include 148 campsites, on an 87.1-acre site at 4500 Boynton Road in Walworth. The RV park would run along the east side of Boynton Road, north of Walworth-Marion Road and south of Smith Hill Road. Developers completed a long form of environmental... Read more

180-Site RV Park Plan Crosses Another Hurdle

The Williams (N.D.) County Planning and Zoning Commission recommended on a 7-0 vote approval of temporary housing for work on a proposed RV park Tuesday (April 26), the Williston Herald reported. Developers Lee Stokke and Tom Johnson of Fort Pierre, S.D., are working on bringing an RV park for 180 units online. It would be located six miles north of Williston, along U.S. Highway 2 in Missouri Ridge Township. "They are only applying for employee housing at this point," Williams County Planning... Read more

New Operators Transform New KOA Park

Lodge deck with a view Like the mythological phoenix bird rising from the ashes, a campground owned by the Ventura County Parks Department in Southern California has undergone a radical rebirth since it was taken over by a well-regarded private company about a year ago. A scenic Steckel Park campground near Santa Paula endured years of conflict between county officials and the former concessionaire for a general lack of upkeep and people living in trailers far longer than permitted, according to... Read more

Early-Bird Pricing Deadline for School Expires May 1

The deadline to receive early-bird pricing for the 2012 session of the National School of RV Park and Campgroun dManagement is Sunday (May 1). The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) sent out this reminder to prospective enrolees: The National School of RV Park and Campground Management is a 50-hour, intensive two year program designed to equip prospective and current owners and managers with the tools needed to develop a thriving campground business. The program is offered in... Read more

Go RVing Coalition Reaffirms Support for Hall of Fame

The Go RVing Coalition has reconfirmed its pledge to the RV/MH Hall of Fame (HOF) in Elkhart, Ind., giving the financially strapped facility a new life. The coalition has agreed to make its second quarter donation of $50,000, staving off, for now, the hall’s financial crisis, HOF officials told WOODALLSCM.com on Thursday (April 28). A letter from coalition members Richard Coon, president of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), and Mike Molino, president of the Recreation Vehicle... Read more

City Lauds Non-Profit's Campground

Rainbow over Bow RiversEdge Campground One of the greatest accomplishments of Cochrane, Alberta, is the success of the Bow RiversEdge Campground, a not-for-profit organization that provides year-round camping on the north side of the Bow River. The joint venture between the Cochrane Rotary Club and the Cochrane Lions Club has developed a funding model that channels all profits back into the community through a capital reinvestment program, The Cochrane Times reported. On April 19, one of the original... Read more

CAMP Members Meet at Cherry Hill Park

Ed Golden of Skillpath addresses this week's CAMP meeting at College Park, Md. Photo courtesy of Evergreen USA RRG. Thunderstorms, tornadoes and training is just a little of what took place in College Park, Md., when over 20 of the camping industry’s leaders met this week at CAMP-College. On Thursday (April 28) the Washington, D.C., area was threatened by thunderstorms and two tornadoes but it didn’t stop the dedicated members of CAMP from attending the third CAMP-College event, according... Read more

Park Owner Recounts Killer Storm's Fury

The manager of the Cartersville/Cassville-White KOA campground said he saw the full fury of Wednesday night’s (April 27) devastating northwest Georgia storm system firsthand. Shawn Miller said he saw the funnel of a tornado as he worked to get his customers to safety, the Bartow Neighbor reported. “It was a pretty scary scene there last night,” he said. Miller said he knew the first round of storms were headed in the direction of his campground on Cassville-White Road about 9 p.m. “I knew... Read more

Sun Communities Reports Higher Revenues/Profits

Sun Communities Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns and operates manufactured housing and recreational vehicle communities, has reported its first quarter results. The company's news release follows: Highlights: Three Months Ended March 31, 2011, vs. March 31, 2010 Funds from Operations (FFO) excluding certain items described in this release was $19 million compared to $17.7 million in the first quarter of 2010, an increase of 1.3 million or 7.3%. Same Site Net Operating Income... Read more

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