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Flooding Closes Another North Dakota Park

North Dakota parks officials have closed the campground and trails at Cross Ranch State Park near Washburn and canceled the Missouri River Bluegrass Festival there in mid-June due to Missouri River flooding, Associated Press reported. Officials earlier closed the campground at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park south of Mandan. The Army Corps of Engineers is releasing record amounts of water from river dams because of runoff from heavy spring snowmelt and rains. Bismarck-Mandan is fighting the high... Read more

Vendors Who Serve the Outdoor Hospitality Industry

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Commercial Recreation Specialists Focuses on Parks, Summer Camps Company: Commercial Recreation Specialists Location: Verona, Wis. Background: Commercial Recreation Specialists was founded in 1999 by co-owners Ron Romens, president, and Rich Wills, vice president. The company markets custom-designed recreation solutions for clients that include campgrounds, resorts, RV parks, municipalities, schools, cruise lines, zoos and other recreational settings. Products include inflatables, paddle boats,... Read more

Enhancing the Activity Level with a Variety of Additional Amenities

Looking to amp up the activity level at your park? One solution, according to Ron Romens, president of Commercial Recreation Specialists (CRS), Verona, Wis., is to make better use of your waterfront assets. “Where they have existing lakes or waterfront features,” Romens told WCM, “they’re starting to leverage those assets. Waterfront is more expensive – and more valuable – than any other part of the property. They’re using their natural resources.” On the other hand, those lacking... Read more

Civil War Sesquicentennial Gives Parks A Creative Marketing Tool

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The 150th anniversary this year of the start of the Civil War has given RV parks and campgrounds across the Southeast a convenient marketing tool for the next five years. Starting with the commemoration of the outbreak of the firing on Fort Sumter in Charleston, S.C., April 1861, operators are relying on the historical events that divided the U.S. to bring new guests into their parks. Because most of the battles were fought south of the Mason Dixon Line, campgrounds in the Southeast are most likely... Read more

Feds Question California State Park Closings

Federal officials say California's plan to close some state parks is illegal, KPCC-FM radio reported. The problem, says the National Park Service, is that 16 California parks accept grants from the U.S. government. In the last 45 years, California parks have gotten hundreds of millions of dollars from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. Those grants essentially are contracts, and closing the parks in question would violate the contract. One option could be to persuade the National... Read more

ARVC Launches 'The Battle for Savannah'

In a bid to increase attendance at its upcoming 2011 Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo, the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC) recently launched “The Battle for Savannah” — a contest to determine which states can draw the greatest percentage of full registrations to the expo compared to last year’s program. The 2011 event will be held Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, Savannah, Ga., according to a news release. To... Read more

CrossRoads RV Launches 'Operation Appreciation'

Roger Barry, founder and CEO of Yogi Bear's Camp Resort at Barton Lake (left) and Don Emahiser, president of CrossRoads RV, stand in front of the Hampton destination trailer being provided free of charge for active military members and their families. Executives of Topeka, Ind.-based CrossRoads RV, a division of Thor Industries Inc., officially launched the company’s “Operation Appreciation” program Thursday (May 26) at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at Barton Lake in Fremont,... Read more

Upscale Oregon Resort Goes on Auction Block

The Riverbend Resort, with 19-room hotel and conference center,  in Harrisburg, Ore., is about to go up for auction, KMTR-TV, Springfield, Ore., reported. After the original owners went bankrupt, Citizens Bank took over the resort early this year. Now the 14-acre RV destination is on the auction block. Riverbend RV park first broke ground in 2004, when RV sales were strong. They set up shop by major RV manufacturers in Junction City and Harrisburg. The idea was to siphon business from RV owners... Read more

Florida/Alabama ARVC Holds 2011 Conference/Expo

Florida and Alabama camping reservations were solid this winter and reservations keep coming this spring with an excellent forecast for the summer months, reports the Florida/Alabama Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, which staged its  Annual Conference and Expo May 18-19. The mood was positive and upbeat. “Most reports were that the winter season was a good one. Some parks were above average, some a little below in part because of severe weather up north which may have delayed some campers... Read more

Floodwaters Threaten Sioux Falls RV Park

The water level around Larson's Landing in Sioux Falls, S.D.,was increasing about 4 inches each day over the Memorial Day weekend and threatened what seasonal and permanent residents call home, KDLT-TV, Sioux Falls, reported. "We planned for when they said three feet originally, at 110,000 cubic feet per second. And we just got that sandbagged throughout the whole park and then we got a message they were going to 150,000. I threw my hands up and said ‘I can't win with you guys,’”... Read more

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