RV Park and Campground Briefs
From the Kitsap Sun:
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources announced Friday (Nov. 18) it will reopen two campgrounds in Tahuya State Forest — Camp Spilman and Kammenga — on Dec. 1. Tahuya State Forest is west of Belfair.
The agency closed the campgrounds in 2009 because of budget cuts. It can reopen them because it received grant funding this year from the Nonhighway and Off-road Vehicle Activities program and revenue from sales of the Discover Pass. Funding will help pay for enforcement, maintenance and more staffing. Mission Creek Corrections Center crews help out by maintaining facilities and trails, installing small bridges and picking up litter.
In other changes, visitors can start camping Jan. 6 at the Tahuya River Horse Camp on a first-come, first-served basis. DNR will no longer take reservations.
Kammenga and Camp Spilman campgrounds will be open seven days a week. The maximum stay limit is 10 nights in a 30-day period. The campgrounds are available only on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tahuya River Horse Camp will open for camping at noon each Friday through noon the following Monday. On Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends, the horse camp will open at 9 a.m. the Wednesday before the holiday and close at noon the following Wednesday.
There will be occasional weekend campground closures for permitted events by recreation groups. For more information about camping at Tahuya State Forest, including a description of the campsites, visit www.dnr.wa.gov/recreation and follow the link to DNR's South Puget Sound Region.
From Associated Press:
Visitors to Recharge Lake near York, Neb., have risen substantially since the recreation area unveiled its latest upgrades.
The lake in the Upper Blue Natural Resources District was rededicated in July after new RV pads, a camping area, outdoor amphitheater, picnics areas and other amenities were added.
The York News-Times reports that 933 cars went through the park the week of July 2, up from 426 cars the week of July 1 in 2010, before the upgrades were done.
Almost 8,500 cars entered the recreation area between June 24 and Oct. 11 of this year.
Recharge Lake was constructed in 1990 as a joint research project between the NRD and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The lake continues to be used to recharge groundwater supplies and for recreation.
From the Allentown Morning Call:
A man who allegedly burglarized campers at a North Union, Schuylkill County, campground Nov. 18 probably should have taken a nap before he got started.
According to State Police at Frackville, the man identified at John Doe, forced his way into 70 campers along Millers Road, and grabbed several items from them. But that was before police found him just before 11 p.m. Friday, sleeping in one of the campers that he broken into.
The man was arrested and arraigned before District Judge David A. Plachko on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief. The man was committed to Schuylkill County Prison under $25,000 bail.