South Dakota Campgrounds Face Flooding

American Creek Campground now has been inundated by Missouri River flooding in South Dakota. Residents of Chamberlain and Oacoma, S.D., filled more sandbags Wednesday (June 29) as the Missouri River continued to rise between the two cities, the Daily Republic reported. Wednesday morning, Gary McQuistion gathered friends, relatives and neighbors to help raise the sandbag levee around his home in Chamberlain. The American Creek Campground, which is inundated, is just behind his residence. The water... Read more

RV Park and Campground Briefs

The following stories about RV parks and campgrounds come from the nation's media. ARIZONA From The Arizona Republic: A new group campground has opened at Lynx Lake in Prescott National Forest. The Eagle Ridge campground has two sites: The Osprey site can accommodate 26-75 people; the Peregrine site is for 15-25 people. Groups may reserve one or both. The sites have water, electricity, picnic shelters and toilets, and comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act. For the 2011 season, which... Read more

RV Dealers to Hear Oil Industry Exec at Oct. 6 Expo

John Felmy Chief economist John Felmy of the American Petroleum Institute (API) will explore the various factors that affect fuel prices and help dealers navigate the issue of volatility in the oil market during a special panel discussion on Oct. 6 at the 2011 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The convention is sponsored by RVDA–The National RV Dealers Association, RVDA of Canada and the RV Learning Center, according to a news release. Tom... Read more

RV/Camping Business Thriving in Northern Michigan

Click here to watch a video, courtesy of WPBN-WTOM-TV, Traverse City, Mich., which provided the following story. This weekend, thousands of people will fill up the gas tanks and put the rubber to the road as they head "Up North."  Many to go camping. RV business is huge and camper dealerships say right now, travel trailers are a hot sell. Inside it has all the essentials — a refrigerator, sink, and probably most importantly, a comfortable bed. Campers love what they do and lackluster... Read more

RV Park and Campground Closures

Following are media reports on RV park and campground closures in the u.S. NEW MEXICO From the Albuquerque Journal: Cochiti Lake public use sites, including campgrounds, picnic areas and swimming sites will be closed throughout the weekend, according to a news release. The lake will close to support the fight against the Las Conchas fire. At least four helicopters will be based in the area and use water from the lake, the release said. “Spotter planes” may also use the area as temporary runways.... Read more

New Jersey Campground Victims Identified

The victims of a falling tree incident at a New Jersey campground have been identified. State Park Police have confirmed that William Arias, 46, was struck by the tree and killed. His wife, Elcetia, 42, was extricated from the debris and was flown to a Trenton hospital. She is currently in guarded condition. Their children, 10-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter, and a 9-year-old cousin were not injured, reported. The campers are from Bound Brook, N.J. They had been camping overnight. New... Read more

Downed Power Line at RV Park Sparks Fire

A downed power line was the cause of a fire Wednesday afternoon (June 29) at the Rio De Arenas RV Park in Silver City, N.M., causing the evacuation of several dozen homes, the Silver City Sun-News reported. "It can happen very easily during the windy season," Grant County Fire Management Officer Gary Benavidez said of the downed power line. The fire started Wednesday afternoon just before 4 p.m. and burned about 10 acres, destroying a barn and several sheds, and threatening a number of... Read more

National Park Group Points Out System Weaknesses

America’s national parks suffer from a "serious illness," but a conservation group is pointing to a multipronged cure: boost funding, protect artifacts, rein in development, guard against climate change, enforce environmental laws, control non-native species, reintroduce native ones and even create more parks. So recommends the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), which urged the Obama administration Tuesday (June 28) to develop a long-term plan to address the many challenges... Read more

Pinnacle Park Homes Starts Building 2012 Models on July 11

Ochlocknee, Ga.-based Pinnacle Park Homes will produce 2012 models beginning July 11, owner Randy Stewart Jr. stated in a news release. “As we look back over the last six months of production, we have seen an increase in both our campground rental line and upscale resort line of park models and cabins,” said sales manager Andy Davis. “Being able to look back and pinpoint just why we have been profitable in an unstable market is key. Offering a quality-built product at an affordable price is... Read more

Panel Rejects Luxury RV Park for Stuart, Fla.

A proposal to fill in a man-made lagoon and reduce wetland buffers to set the stage for the development of a luxury recreational vehicle park on Kanner Highway near Stuart, Fla., was rejected Tuesday (June 28) by the Martin County Commission, reported. The property owner's proposal did not meet the county's requirements for a waiver of the county's wetland regulations because he did not prove there was no other economically viable way to develop the 3.27-acre site, said... Read more

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