RV Park and Campground Briefs
From The Associated Press:
The U.S. Forest Service is starting an inventory and ranking of recreational facilities in two northern Idaho national forests with the possibility of closing some sites due to lack of money.
Officials are also looking at having private businesses manage campgrounds in the Nez Perce and Clearwater national forests.
Rick Brazell supervises the two national forests that are in the process of combining and have had recreation budgets cut in half the last five years.
Brazell tells the Lewiston Tribune that the Forest Service won’t be able to operate its 200 recreation sites as it does now without an increase in funding.
The Forest Service is looking at raising fees for camping and cabins, and converting some sites from developed campgrounds to dispersed camping.
Public comments are being accepted.
From Oregon Outdoors:
The Willamette National Forest’s Detroit and Sweet Home ranger districts will open campgrounds and expand customer service hours for Memorial Day weekend.
Both district offices will begin offering weekend hours on Saturday, May 26.
Typically, all campgrounds have campsites that are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Some campgrounds also offer reservable campsites through the National Recreation Reservation System.
From The Associated Press:
Authorities are searching for two men, one of whom could have a gunshot wound, who assaulted a caretaker in his cabin at a Mahwah campground.
The caretaker, whose name was not released, is being treated at a hospital for a head wound.
Police Chief James Batelli tells The Record that around 9 p.m. Monday the caretaker at Camp Yaw Paw told two men riding an all-terrain vehicle there to leave.
Batelli says the caretaker heard the vehicle again minutes later and went to the door of his cabin, where the men confronted him. One struck him on the head with an object.
The caretaker told detectives he fired four rounds from his gun and that he thinks he struck one of his attackers. Area hospitals have been alerted.
AJ Jolly Park in Alexandria has a new campground, The Community Recorder reports:
The new Equestrian and RV Campground at AJ Jolly Park is now open.
The park, off Racetrack Road, includes 12 RV camping spaces with utility hook-ups and a 28 stall horse barn for campers to stable their horses during their stay.
From KOMO News, Seattle:
A retired couple who are now serving as campground hosts in the Olympic National Forest have received high honors from the U.S. Forest Service.
Bob and Karen Pauly have been volunteering at the Seal Rock Campground in Quilcene, Wash., for the past three years and have been named Volunteer Campground Hosts of the Year for their hard work. They were presented with certificates and some new camping items at a special ceremony last week.
“It’s quite an honor and a very humbling experience,” Karen said. “It’s exciting because we love being campground hosts. It’s just a happy place to be. People come to have a good time and we like to do whatever we can to ensure they have that good weekend or overnight or even a week’s stay.”
“Our greatest time is when the campground is totally filled,” Bob said. “That’s 41 units and a lot of kids, usually. We love it.”
Around 4,000 people visit Seal Rock Campground each year. The destination, located on a peninsula of the Hood Canal, features a salt water beach with oyster harvesting and a lush forest setting.
For the Paulys, it’s a great place to spend their retirement years and they look forward to folks stopping in to enjoy the scenery for themselves.
“It’s a blessing to live in the forest,” Karen said. “We’ve come to love that.” “It’s a wonderful place,” Bob added. “I wish everyone would come visit it at least once.”