RV Park and Campground Briefs
From the Florence Times-Daily:
Members of the Florence-Lauderdale tourism board on Feb. 9 voted to draft a letter to the Lauderdale County Commission pledging its support for a marina and RV campground project near the Rogersville industrial park that’s been seven years in the making.
Developer Bubba Doss is heading the project expected to consist of 100 RV campsites and a marina, a store on the water providing fuel, snacks, bait and tackle and a sanitary pump-out station.
The project would be built mostly on TVA-owned property currently inaccessible to the general public.
Doss told the board he has successfully completed an environmental assessment and is seeking TVA approval on the project.
Doss said he first must show local government support by resolution, a federal guideline, confirming that the project is consistent with existing land use and zoning regulations.
“This would certainly mean revenue for tourism and for the county and would increase traffic in tourism,” said Debbie Wilson, tourism director.
From WBRZ-TV, Baton Rouge:
Campgrounds in and around Baton Rouge have been busy providing housing for some of the 60,000 bowlers who descended upon the city for National Bowling Congress Open Championships. The event started Saturday (Feb. 11).
Kampgrounds of America in Denham Springs is completely sold out as the competitors arrive in town with campers and RVs. Bowlers compete for 3 1/2 days and often turn their trip into a family vacation.
The economic impact of the bowling championship is estimated to be $100 million, which is compared to that of the Super Bowl.
From the Bismarck Tribune:
North Dakota state parks will begin taking reservations at 7 a.m. Tuesday (Feb. 14).
State parks officially open May 18. Reservations can be made 24 hours a day with the exception of the first day of the 95-day window.
In 2012, campsite reservations may be made for May 18 through Sept. 9, except for Fort Ransom State Park which will have reserved sites available through Sept. 30. Stays are limited to 14 consecutive days unless otherwise noted.
This applies to all North Dakota state park campgrounds with the exception of Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park. Flood repairs are ongoing and a partial reopening of the campground is expected in June. Updates are posted on the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department website.
Grahams Island State Park is available for reservation, though construction continues on raising Island Road which provides access to the park. The road is gravel, but will eventually be paved. Construction updates also are found on the website.
Visitors to the Icelandic State Park campground will have to use a detour to reach the area as work continues on the Lake Renwick Dam.
Cabins, shelters, meeting halls and rooms may be reserved one year in advance. Reservations for both campsites and cabins can be made online at www.parkrec.nd.gov or by calling toll-free (800) 807-4723.
From the Bent County Democrat:
Bent County Commissioners heard from Bob Shade, park manager at John Martin Reservoir State Park, concerning an update on how the park was going to operate this spring and summer.
The Point Campground, which was closed last year, will be open for Memorial Day weekend and is currently taking reservations for camping on weekends and holidays. As of press time, the campgrounds will be open through the 4th of July and longer if water levels stay up. Lake Hasty Campground remains open year-round and reservable from May through September.
A plan was discussed for burning around the Hasty campground to clean up the area. There are areas where trash and downed trees keep fishermen from reaching the shores of the lake. Discussions centered around using a county grader to work on some of the roads in the area and the commissioners want to work with the state park crews.