RV Park and Campground Briefs
From the Sioux Falls Argus Leader:
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort of Sioux Falls celebrates 20 years in business this weekend with a staff reunion and new improvements for the season.
Over the past 20 years, the campground has added campsites, full service cabins, playgrounds, a jumping pillow and a new, larger pool this year.
Ray Aljets built the park. His son Bruce owns it now.
“I am really proud of the accomplishments of my son and his family,” Ray Aljets said. “They have taken my small idea and grown it to a level I never would have dreamed of.”
The Aljets family was awarded the Jim Webb Spirit Award by the Jellystone Park system last year for dedication to the industry.
From The Sun Runner:
The body of a missing park visitor was found by search-and-rescue personnel at Joshua Tree National Park Wednesday evening (June 6).
A 41-year-old Vancouver, British Columbia, resident was found in an area of rock formations near Jumbo Rocks Campground. The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Rangers received the report of a missing camper on the morning of June 6. The camper was reported to rangers as planning to arrive at the park on Saturday, June 2 with the intention of returning to friends in Santa Paula, California on June 5. Initial reports indicated that the missing party was staying at Indian Cove Campground, but a search of the Indian Cove area by park rangers failed to locate either the missing person or his car. Rangers broadened the search to include all park campgrounds, picnic areas, and trailheads. The victim’s car was found at Jumbo Rocks Campground, but there was no sign of the missing party.
A ground search was started in the afternoon and involved park rangers, volunteers of Joshua Tree Search-and-Rescue (JOSAR), and the Riverside County Sheriffs Department. The California Highway Patrol provided a helicopter to assist with the search. The victim was located at approximately 9:30 p.m. in an area of granite cliffs and boulder formations about 3/4-mile from the campground.
Joshua Tree National Park rangers are assisting the Riverside County Sheriffs Department with the investigation of the fatality.
From Yahoo! Sports:
A writer for Yahoo! Sports has identified her five favorite tent camping state parks in Tennessee. They are: Fort Pillow State Park, Natchez Trace State Park, Frozen Head State Park, Harrison Bay State Park and Fall Creek Falls State Park.
From the Rapid City Journal:
Meade County Commissioners approved campground licenses with the changes from last year. There were nine temporary campground applications, while eight of them were renewals. Free Spirit Campground applied for 50 less occupancy, while Dragpipe Saloon LLC applied for 250 more occupancy. Wise’s After the Ride Campground was the new campground this year and was also approved. According to officials, the growth and decrease in numbers for Dragpipe and Free Spirit respectively sounded accurate due to various factors.
County commissioners plan to revise Ordinance 21 which lays out the regulations for campground applications, to include a late fee for applications. Commissioner Linda Rausch said there is some other language that could be fixed within it as well. A first reading is tentatively scheduled for September, although the commission will make a decision at their August meeting.
From The Daily News, Farmington, N.M.:
Fire restrictions will take effect Saturday (June 9) for many of the lower and middle elevation public lands managed by the San Juan National Forest and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Tres Rios Field Office in southwestern Colorado.
From U.S. 550 east to Wolf Creek Pass, the lower zone includes all San Juan Public Lands outside of the South San Juan and Weminuche Wildernesses. West of U.S. 550 over to the Utah border, fire managers have used roads and trails to define the Zone 1, which generally includes lands south of Kennebec Pass, Spruce Mill Road, and the West Dolores Road. All BLM Tres Rios Field Office lands, including Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, are included, except for those located near Silverton in San Juan County, Colo.
Maps and information on the restrictions and affected areas will be available at National Forest and BLM offices in southwestern Colorado. Maps also will be posted online at: www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan and www.blm.gov/co/st/.