RV Park and Campground Briefs
From the Dubuque (Iowa) Telegraph Herald:
The Prairie du Chien Common Council will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 2) to receive comments from the public regarding a proposed campground at the Wacouta Aquatic.
The campground would be municipally operated and would be located on land currently owned by the city.
From the Salem News:
Stoneridge Terrace on Winona Road officially joined Kampgrounds of America (KOA) last week, becoming the Salem-Lisbon KOA.
In the works for three months, the transition will mean improved guest services, according to co-owner/manager Barb Weikart-Kuder.
"We'll be able to offer live and online reservations now," she noted. "There will also be a growth in campsites and lodging."
Weikart-Kuder said she expects to have the additional spaces ready by the end of October.
The facility will continue to offer swimming and fishing to the public, pool and lake side pavilions for local gatherings and a variety of primitive and full hook-up camp sites including cabins and tents for overnight or seasonal use, she assured.
Capitalizing on the franchise opportunity, Weikart-Kuder said the facility will benefit from KOA's respected stature in the United States and Canada.
"It'll give us more exposure on a local, regional and national level," she explained, noting that KOA will be marking 50 years next year with a celebration that will include the campground.
Currently there are 465 KOA sites in North America. The Salem-Lisbon KOA will be the 12th in Ohio.
Campgrounds in Banff National Park were near capacity over the province's August long weekend, which ended today (Aug. 1).
There are 13 campgrounds and almost 2,500 sites operated by Parks Canada in Banff National park.
Most of the campgrounds in the park are on a first-come,first-serve basis so those who arrived early had the best chance of securing a site.
There was an alcohol ban at eight of the campgrounds.
From the Greenfield Daily Reporter:
Authorities say a 28-year-old Farmington, Mich., man has died after apparently falling into a small pond at a campground in Tuscola County.
WSGW-AM reported friends last saw the man late Saturday (July 30) at the Fostoria-area campground, located about 60 miles northwest of Detroit.
Michigan State Police searched Sunday, and found his body in the pond. An autopsy was expected to determine cause of death.
The man's name wasn't immediately released.
From Vista Broadcast Group, Prince George:
Provincial park reservations in British Columbia are up slightly so far this year, but the number of cancellations has shot up 28%.
Clint Fraser with Northern British Columbia Tourism says a combination of factors has made for a poor season so far.
"We're seeing a lot of traffic rerouted and some negative impacts on things like campground occupancy and things like that in those areas," said Fraser. He says most of the impact has been thanks to locals who have changed plans because of poor weather. He expects tourists from outside the region and province to continue to come to Prince George in fairly normal numbers.
From the stltoday.com:
A 25-year-old Overland man drowned while rope swinging on the Meramec River Friday night (July 29).
The drowning occured at the Arapaho Campground, in Sullivan, Mo., around 6 p.m. Authorities said the victim, Nicholas N. Spangler, had a history of seizures and that may have caused the accident.
Larry Flescher, deputy chief of the Sullivan Fire Protection District, said a witness described Spangler as stiffening up before he fell from the rope and went under water.
Spangler knew how to swim, Flescher said, but witnesses said he was immediately submerged. The water he fell in was about 8 to 10 feet deep, and about 8 feet away from the bank.
Two off-duty firefighters who were also at the campground rescued him from the water and tried to revive him with CPR.
Flescher said Spangler was still unconscious when he arrived and that they continued CPR on the way to Missouri Baptist Medical Center, where Spangler died about an hour later.
It makes the fifth drowning on the Meramec in three weeks. The river is known for posing hidden dangers because of its often strong undertow and uneven terrain.
From The Vancouver Sun:
A man who tried to fix his gas barbecue next to a campfire suffered serious burns to half his body on Friday (July 29), according to Didsbury RCMP.
The 34-year-old resident of Carstairs had disconnected the propane line as he began his repairs, allowing the flammable gas to leak and spread. Eventually, the propane reached the campfire, igniting the gas.
The fire, which broke out at the Water Valley campground, also fully engulfed his motorhome.
The man was taken to Foothills Medical Center. His injuries were not life-threatening.
Police said there was nothing suspicious about the fire; rather, they attributed the blaze to human error.