RV Park and Campground Briefs
From The Associated Press:
The state is expanding the reach of its method of paying for state park operations and maintenance by requiring those who use more state facilities to get a “recreation passport.”
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced Monday that campers using state forest campgrounds and people using the state’s non-motorized trails and pathways will be required to have a “recreation passport” on their vehicle. The update was approved last week by the Natural Resources Commission.
Starting in 2010, residents were given the option of paying $10 for a “recreation passport” when renewing their vehicle registration. Good for a year, the passport granted access to all 98 state parks and recreation areas, plus boat launches. Under the old system, park visitors were charged for daily or annual passes.
From The Coast Reporter
Starting on March 15 for the first time ever, people will be able to book up to three reservations at one time for a British Columbia Provincial Parks campground.
Key points of the new Discover Camping reservation system:
- Reservations for all front country provincial campgrounds begin at 7 a.m. on Thursday (March 15).
- Reservations for group sites are available up to 12 months in advance.
- Reservations for the Bowron Lake canoe circuit opened in January to accommodate international visitors’ travel plans.
Also new this year is the addition of the Ralph River campground to Discover Camping reservations. Ralph River is in Strathcona Provincial Park on Vancouver Island.
Parking fees were eliminated from B.C.’s provincial parks on May 3, 2011, making parks more accessible and inviting to families.
Discover Camping allows campers to view the availability and amenities at more than 125 reservable campgrounds in 78 provincial parks across the province.
B.C.’s provincial parks are popular. As reported last fall, camping reservations in provincial parks were up 8 percent over 2010, and up an impressive 48 percent for the last week of August.
From Wisconsin Dells Events:
The Wisconsin Dells City Council’s Legislative Committee tabled a decision on whether to delete a city ordinance that requires licenses for campgrounds and instead adopt the state codes on campgrounds. The city agreed last year to drop a licensing fee for campground because the campgrounds already pay room tax.
City Clerk Nancy Holzem asked that since the city had eliminated the fee does it need to continue to license campgrounds. She said campgrounds need a permit from the state and have to meet state standards.
“If the state regulates everything we look at, we don’t need it,” Hasler said.
Brad Gussel of Sherwood Forest Campground said the city only allows parking one recreational vehicle in a lot, but the campground allows RV owners to park in a lot on Commercial Avenue when the RV is not being used. He asked that such parking there be allowed as long as the RV is not being used as living quarters.
Landers suggested adopting the state codes, and Hasler asked who would check the campgrounds if the city adopts those statutes.
The monitoring could be complaint driven and the police and public works department could then handle the complaints and checks, writing citations if necessary.
From The Associated Press:
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has announced a revision of its campground firewood policy to prevent and slow the spread of forest pests and diseases.
Under the changes, campers may use only firewood acquired from vendors approved by the National Lakeshore.
Firewood sold by the vendors will be marked as such and will have been either treated for pests and disease or be of a tree species that doesn’t pose the risk of their importation or spread.
Movement of firewood from one area to another can rapidly spread destructive pests such as beech bark disease and oak wilt, just as it did the emerald ash borer.
A list of approved vendors will be available at the National Lakeshore’s visitor center, campground offices and on the park website.