RV Park and Campground Briefs
From KTVZ-TV, Redmond:
The Cove Palisades State Park is reopening a portion of its Crooked River campground in June. The 91-site campground will open in stages. The north loop opened for walk-in customers on June 8, followed by June 15 for reservation customers. The entire campground will be open by July 1.
The Cove Palisades State Park sits along Lake Billy Chinook near Madras in central Oregon
The opening comes on the heels of a massive renovation and upgrade to the 40-year-old campground. Renovations include new paving, new water and sewer systems, upgraded electrical sites, three new restrooms/shower buildings, a new RV dump station, and a larger amphitheater. Forty-two sites also were reconfigured for traffic flow, and four sites upgraded for ADA accessibility. The improvements are funded largely by Oregon Lottery dollars dedicated to state parks by voters.
"It truly is going to make for happy campers," said Park Manager Dave Slaght. "Even though much of the work is literally underground, the upgrades make a huge difference in the quality of the camping experience here. Water, power and sewer systems may not sound exciting, but believe me, they are the nuts and bolts of a campground." The new electric service upgrades all campsites to 50/30/20 amperage, meaning that RVs large and small can make easy use of every site.
Slaght also pointed to more visible improvements, such the three new restroom and shower buildings, all of which are much more energy efficient than the old ones. He also expects campers to appreciate the new, two-lane RV waste water dump station and a large new amphitheater, sited in a better location for programs.
From The Daily Republic, Mitchell:
Roughly $1 million in repairs to the Left Tailrace Campground at Big Bend Dam continue with an anticipated completion date by the end of September.
During the Missouri River flood of 2011, the campground sustained damages to roads, camp pads, comfort stations, a lift station, a water plant and the site’s electrical system. As a result of the ongoing repairs, the opening of the campground and its adjoining parking area will be further delayed until completion of the project.
A contract was awarded April 21 for electrical repairs and a general paving of the campground to include the pads and parking area. Due to the complexity and scope of the electrical work, the contract completion date was extended to the end of September.
“We realize that the public appreciates and uses this campground on a regular basis, and we have already fielded many calls on when it might open,” said Keith Fink, the operations manager for Big Bend Dam. “We apologize for any disruption to plans it might cause, but we want to return the campground to the full functionality that the public enjoyed prior to the flood. We will open it as soon as possible, but right now that looks like the end of September.”
The North Shore Campground will be open to the public and provides paved camp pads with a fire ring at each site and one vault toilet in the campground. There is no fee to camp at North Shore Campground.
From WIBC Radio, Indianapolis:
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating the drowning death of a 14-year-old Indianapolis boy Sunday afternoon (June 10) at the Hidden Paradise Campground in Decatur County.
Corey Norrod with the Department of Natural Resources says the boy, DuJuan Thompson, was a member of the Harshman Middle School football team which had recently won their league championship. Several of the teammates visited the campground to go swimming in celebration of the win.
Witnesses say the teenagers were being fitted with life jackets when the victim and a few others ran to a dock at the water's edge. Others were telling the boys to stop when the victim yelled out that he could swim and then dove into the water. The victim immediately began to struggle and went under water. Some of his teammates tried to bring him back up but were unsuccessful.
The Indiana Conservation Officers Search and Rescue dive team pulled the boy out of the water around 4:00. The incident remains under investigation.
Click here to read more from WISH-TV, Indianapolis.
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
A 27-year-old man has been charged in the shooting death of his teenage brother during a camping trip in Utah.
Eric Charlton, of West Haven, was charged June 8 with a second-degree felony count of manslaughter and misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment and carrying a dangerous weapon under the influence of alcohol.
His 17-year-old brother, Cameron, was shot in the head on May 28 while camping with family and friends at Yuba Lake State Park, about 110 miles south of Salt Lake City.
According to court documents, the brothers and a friend were drinking around a campfire at about 3 a.m. when Eric Charlton began demonstrating firearm techniques. His .45-caliber handgun fired.
Investigators say Eric Charlton was distraught and the shooting was not intentional.
Prosecutors say they felt charges were justified.