RV Park and Campground Briefs
From the Summit Daily News:
The Forest Service will close the Cow Creek South Campground Sunday evening (July 17) to facilitate construction of campground improvements. The campground will be closed for the remainder of the summer season. The White River National Forest received American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding for the first phase of several improvements approved for this campground last year. Work to be completed this year includes new deceleration lanes on Highway 9 to help resolve a safety concern that has existed for several years and construction of 12 public-use campsites along with two campground host sites within the campground.
“We are very concerned about public safety during the construction activity. Our contractor will have heavy equipment operating throughout the campground as well as along the highway. Travelers on Highway 9 should expect some daytime construction delays,” said Bruce Moss, Forest Service project engineer.
The $1.6 million contract will be carried out by Colorado-based Tropical Contracting. The improved campground entrance will allow for vehicles to enter and leave the campground safely. The additional campsites will help to accommodate the increasing demand for camping opportunities at the reservoir. The campground host sites will have photovoltaic electrical power and sewer hook ups. According to Ken Waugh, Dillon Ranger District Recreation staff officer, “The designated host sites with these amenities will allow the Dillon Ranger District to recruit volunteer campground hosts who will assist with maintenance duties and providing information to the visiting public.”
From the Associated Press:
Campgrounds along the North Fork of the Shoshone River are returning to normal operations as the river comes down.
The Shoshone National Forest reports that all but six sites in the 40-site Wapiti Campground are open. The agency also says that all campsites in the Threemile, Newton Creek, and Clearwater campgrounds are open.
Julie Lyons, recreation program manager on the forest, says there’s still standing water in the Big Game Campground. She says crews will remove debris from the campground as soon as water levels go down and says the campground may reopen in coming weeks.
From KFSN-TV, Fresno:
Local experts say water levels have returned to a reasonable levels so they’ve opened the Kings River from the Fresno County line to the Kings County line.
Boats and jet skis are once again docked along the Kings River banks at the River Land RV Park in Kingsburg. Residents who live here described to us just how much water there was a week ago.
Tulare County officials determined Tuesday that the water coming from the Pine-Flat Dam was no longer a danger to those wishing to go boating, swimming or fishing in the river.
“The flow is this area have dropped below 4,000 CFS and so it was deemed that we could open the river again for recreation.” said Tulare County Parks & Rec Manager Neil Pilegard.
A few miles upstream at the Club Royal Oak RV Resort, Jimmie McDonald and his buddy spent the day in river Tuesday. He says it was a hassle having to go elsewhere to ride his jet skis.
“You know it’s pretty frustrating to have to live here and be so close to the river, then have to go up to the lake every weekend or something you know. It’s pretty frustrating especially when you spend a lot of money you know season passes for stuff out here and the river is closed for weeks and weeks.” said McDonald.
Kings County officials announced Tuesday the entire Kings River in that area will be reopen for swimming and boating starting Friday afternoon. And a limited portion of the Kings River is also now open to recreational use in Fresno County.