Hoosier County to Survey Private Campgrounds
Campers at private campgrounds in Union County, Ind., will be surveyed on their experiences here beginning this weekend, the Richmond Palladium-Item reported.
Union County Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Melissa Spillers has prepared about 2,000 copies of the survey for the five private campgrounds: Heritage Hills, Brookville Lake Resort, End of Trails, Dubois Creek and Pratts' Lakeview.
Brookville Lake manager Bob Felix has agreed to share results of state campground surveys done at area campgrounds with the local development office, so Quakertown and Whitewater campers won't be surveyed, Spillers said.
Focusing on the privately owned campgrounds is the first priority, Spillers said.
"We started with them because (the campers) usually come here every weekend. They own their property here and pay taxes," Spillers said.
Bertch and Son Hardware owner John Bertch said serving the permanent campers creates extra business for the hardware store. He said he supports the survey of private campgrounds.
"They have investments here. Their campers are sort of like small summer homes," Bertch said. "They sometimes have frozen pipes in the spring because the weatherization didn't work. They need screens replaced. We see a lot of them, and like our other customers, we try to figure out what they need."
The 11-question survey can be responded to anonymously. It will be available at campground offices for several weeks, Spillers said. The survey asks about frequency of visits, favorite stores and restaurants, "must-do" activities and what they miss when they're not in Union County. It also asks for suggestions on how the community could improve campers' visits here.
The results of the survey sponsored by the Union County Chamber of Commerce and the development corporation will be analyzed and used to help businesses identify needs and opportunities, Spillers said.
Spillers has been talking with some area campers about what they miss when they aren't in Union County.
"J's Restaurant is usually the first thing they say," Spillers said. "They miss our country atmosphere, our wilderness, where you can see turkey and deer, and the community of their campground."