RV Park and Campground Briefs
From KVAL-TV, Eugene:
Firefighters expect the Shadow Lake fire near Mount Washington “to take a nap” the next few days after rapidly expanding from a few hundred acres to 10,000 since late August – over 15 square miles.
The Shadow Lake fire started Aug. 28 when lightning storms swept through the area.
Firefighters worked to contain the fire, but dry, hot weather helped push the fire over hundreds and then thousands of more acres forcing evacuations of campgrounds over Labor Day weekend.
The fire is considered 25% contained. More than 70 structures are threatened by the fire, but firefighters have contingency plans and equipment in place in case the fire challenges fire lines on all sides.
From the Gadsen Times:
Lake Guntersville State Park on Wednesday (Sept. 14) will reopen 49 sites at its campground, according to a news release from park officials.
The campsites were closed for repairs following the April 27 tornadoes that downed more than 1,500 trees at the park. Five bathhouses at the campground were destroyed and the campground was used as a staging area for the cleanup at the park.
The remaining portions of the main campground remain closed and off limits as the cleanup continues. No time frame for reopening those sections was given. The campground had between 322 and 366 sites prior to the storm.
All 49 of the open sites have electrical, water and sewer hook-ups available, according to the news release. Twenty-five will be available for reservations and the other 24 will be first-come, first-served basis.
The B section will be open and will use the A section bath house.
No reservations will be taken prior to Wednesday. Call the campground office at 256-571-5455 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., seven days a week, to make a reservation. There also will be two rental campers available for rent.
Other areas of the park that are open are the lodge, the 18-hole golf course, chalets, five lakeside cabins, all boat launches and the beach area.
From the Wenatchee World:
Four small fires northwest of Leavenworth, Wash., threatened Tumwater Campground and closed Highway 2 for more than three hours Sunday afternoon (Sept. 11).
“As I understand it, there was a hay truck that had some of its hay on fire and didn’t know it, and that started several small fires between Nason Creek and Leavenworth,” said Jeff Adamson, spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.
The highway closed at about 3 p.m., and reopened shortly after 6:15 p.m. and traffic was detoured around the area.
A 2-acre fire briefly threatened Tumwater Campground, said Brant Stanger, coordinator for the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center. Three smaller fires, all less than one-tenth of an acre, were contained by local, state Department of Transportation and U.S. Forest Service crews, he said. All were contained Sunday evening.
From the Chicago Sun-Times:
Camping at Illinois Beach State Park near Zion, Ill., will not resume until next spring because of tree damage caused by summer storms this year.
The resort is open and guests can use the beach in front of the resort, but the rest of the beach and camping area at the main park in Zion have been closed for the rest of the season, Bob Feffer, assistant site superintendent, said Friday.
The North Unit, where the annual hawk watch is underway, is open to the public. Camp hosts have had their campsites cleared and made safe, and they are manning the gates of the campground to explain to people why it is closed.
Feffer said there are way too many snags, large and small branches hung up in the trees, and fallen trees along park trails that it is unsafe to have visitors in the area.
“We will reopen the campground and trails in April,” he said. Camping is normally closed in January, February and March.
He said the state does not have any money to help the park pay for the storm cleanup so park crews will have to try and get it all done with the employees they have.
Earlier this summer, cleanup crews from the Lake County Forest Preserve and other entities helped clear debris and trees, and pile it up in the parking lot for the beach.
There have been some rumors that the park is closed because the Zion nuclear power plant is leaking.
“I think we would have been notified,” said Feffer when asked about that.
The Kaibab Lake Campground near Williams, Ariz., will have a grand opening on Friday (Sept. 16).
Activities will take place at the picnic ramada near the fishing pier at the campground, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. and a Williams Chamber Ambassadors Mixer to follow from 5 to 7 p.m. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served, and attendees are asked to bring a side dish to share. Water and soft drinks will be provided.
The ceremony and mixer are being held to celebrate the completion of a renovation project at Kaibab Lake Campground that was undertaken by the Kaibab National Forest and local contractor L P’s Excavating of Williams. Improvements to the campground included new pavement, new parking spurs, new campsite amenities such as fire rings and picnic tables, more day-use parking for improved fishing access, improved ramadas, additional small-group capacity, a re-designed overnight group camping area, and a new camping loop with an additional 11 campsites. The entrance road to the campground was also improved.
“We hope that our local community members will join us as we celebrate the reopening of Kaibab Lake,” said Deirdre McLaughlin, recreation forester. “We are very pleased with the results of the reconstruction effort, and we are excited to have everyone visit the new and improved campground.”
For additional information about Kaibab Lake Campground, contact the Williams Ranger District at (928) 635-5600 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/goto/kaibab/kaibab_lake.
From the Mason City Globe Gazette:
The Scamps are returning to Clear Lake.
A ScampCamp for owners of the small travel trailers will begin Wednesday (Sept. 14) at the Oakwood RV Park. Scamps are manufactured in Backus, Minn. The trailers are available in 13-, 16- or 19-foot configurations.
The event lasts through Sunday.
Scamp owners Virginia and Dean Moffett of Clear Lake are hosting the event.
Similar events are hosted by other Scamp owners around the country.
This is the fourth ScampCamp the Moffetts have organized.
Virginia said 50 or more Scamp owners are expected at the event.
The Scamp owners like coming to Clear Lake because it’s not out in the countryside and there is more for people to do, Dean said.
The Scamp owners enjoy visiting all the attractions in Clear Lake and Mason City, including The Music Man Square, Virginia said.
When they are not seeing the sights, they will be at the Oakwood RV Park playing card games and bingo and enjoying potlucks and live music provided by some ScampCampers who are musicians, she said.
The public is invited to the ScampCamp to view the trailers.