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Traffic Declines Force Closure of Alaska RV Park

September 15, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

The Denali Riverside RV Park in Alaska has closed and will not open next season, the Fairbanks Daily News Miner reported.

“There are just not enough RVers visiting the state,” said Scott Reisland, who managed the property for 10 years. “We are losing money every day operating that pad.”

The park was located on a bluff overlooking the Nenana River, just north of the Nenana River Canyon business area. It was located two miles from the entrance to Denali National park

The RV industry has been declining since about 2005, he said.

“In the last two years, we lost Chena Marina in Fairbanks, Santaland RV Park in North Pole never opened this summer and now we have closed Denali Riverside RV Park,” said Reisland. “That is three big interior campgrounds.”

Other RV parks are struggling, he said.

Denali Riverside RV Park had to generate its own electricity, which meant high fuel costs. The low number of RVs using the facility just didn’t make it worthwhile, he said.

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