Drought Monitor: Dryness Continues Over the West

The following weather summary is courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and highlights this past week's weather activity. A cool front brought showers and thunderstorms to the central and northern Plains and Upper Midwest early during this U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) week, but it weakened as it scraped against high pressure over the eastern U.S., dropping minimal precipitation in the Ohio Valley. Another front brought limited rain later in the period. Tropical Storm Debby inundated Florida... Read more

RV Park and Campground Briefs

MICHIGAN From a news release: Sun Communities Inc., a real estate investment trust that owns and operates manufactured housing and recreational vehicle communities, today (June 29) announced its board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of 63 cents per share for the second quarter of 2012. The dividend is payable July 20 to shareholders of record July 10. Sun Communities has approximately 26.5 million shares outstanding. Sun Communities Inc. currently owns and operates a portfolio of 162 communities... Read more

Debby Fells Trees at Florida's Sun-N-Fun RV Resort

Photo courtesy of SalVinCo LLC. A few downed branches, trees and areas of fencing (in photo at left) provide visible damage from Tropical Storm Debby which struck Sun-N-Fun RV Resort and Campground in Sarasota, Fla., this past weekend. SalVinCo LLC reported on its website that the rest of the 177-acre park was undamaged. There appeared to be no reports of flooding or power outages. Maintenance crews were on the scene quickly to clean up debris from the minor wind damage. No other parks in the Sunshine... Read more

Texas City Admits Error in Granting RV Park Permit

Click here to watch a video about the following story courtesy of KRIS-TV, Corpus Christi, Texas. The city of Beeville in South Texas is now admitting it made an error when it allowed an RV park to be built in a residential neighborhood. In March, KRIS-TV spoke with resident Diane Slayton who was not happy about the site built behind her house. The project was halted after a review of the zoning laws showed that the construction of an RV park in the area violated a city ordinance. After two lawsuits... Read more

Holiday Outlook: Number of Travelers Up, Gas Prices Down

Holiday travel is expected to increase during the July 4 period compared with last year, but the mid-week holiday is likely to result in more spread-out travel plans that could ease congestion. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the fuel bill for road trips should be smaller, though gasoline is still far from cheap. The travel-services group AAA estimates 42.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the coming holiday weekend, a 4.9 percent jump from last year. The projected... Read more

Big Salmon Run Expected in Washington This Season

Mt. Baker (elevation (10,775 feet) towers over Lake Baker, where boating and fishing are popular. Photo courtesy of Campgrounds and trails around Baker Lake in western Washington should be full over the next two weekends, as people celebrate the Fourth of July in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. This year, the lake will be even more crowded around the holiday. Sunday, July 1, is the first day of what promises to be the best sockeye salmon season in recent memory,... Read more

Mission Management Fine Tunes BookYourSite Reservation Program

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Mission Management is now allowing campgrounds to use its BookYourSite reservation program independently without having to also purchase the Campground Manager front desk management program. “It’s pay as you go,” Peter Kearns, Mission Management vice president, said of the BookYourSite system, adding that there are no monthly fees. There is a small annual support fee, however. Parks also pay $5 per online reservation as a processing fee. Kearns said about 60 percent to 70 percent of parks pass... Read more

Northern California Campgrounds Expect Big Crowds

Lassen Peak reflected in Manzanita Lake With the Fourth of July landing on Wednesday, public campgrounds in Northern California are bracing for back-to-back busy weekends, The Redding Record Searchlight reported. "It's kind of an interesting holiday, with it falling in the middle of the week, we don't know what to expect early on," Ryan McKelvey, Lassen Volcanic National Park's camping fee manager, said Thursday. "Are people coming the first weekend? The second weekend?... Read more

Oregon RV Park Fined $105K for Sewage Woes

The state of Oregon has levied a $105,000 fine against a popular RV and fishing resort on the Alsea River, saying sewage from the resort’s decrepit septic system had been seeping onto the surface of the ground and possibly into the river, The Register-Guard, Eugene, reported. With its moorage, launch and other boat facilities, the 50-spot Drift Creek Landing RV Park & Marina four miles east of Waldport on Highway 34 is a destination for fishermen in the fall. The park is occupied by a mix of... Read more

DNA Test: 2 of 3 Bears Guiltless in June 24 Attack

DNA results on two of three black bears killed by Arizona Game and Fish officers confirmed that neither of the bears was involved in Sunday's (June 24) attack at the Ponderosa Campground, KPHO-TV, Phoenix, reported Lab technicians could not say if the bears were involved in other attacks on May 31 and June 21 because there wasn't enough DNA material on those victims' belongings to draw at a conclusion. Testing of bear hair samples from Sunday's attack confirmed that the bear in... Read more

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