RV Park and Campground Briefs
From Global Edmonton:
According to Parks Canada, recent flooding on Snaring Road has caused two campgrounds in Jasper National Park to be closed during the upcoming Canada Day long weekend.
Approximately 350 fewer campsites than usual will be available.
The closure will affect the Snaring River Campground as well as its overflow site which was specifically used for long weekends.
“Long weekends are very popular for us; we get a big spike in interest,” says Visitor Experience Operations Coordinator with Parks Canada, Chris Whitty.
Whitty says this weekend is the busiest one of the year for Jasper because of all the Canada Day activities happening throughout the weekend and school just recently finishing for the summer.
This year Parks Canada expects all Jasper campsites will be full by Friday (June 29).
He says much of the flooding not only comes from the rain, but from the winter snow still melting, adding that just watching all the water in the park right now is incredible.
From the Sacramento Bee:
Eldorado National Forest officials are gearing up for a busy Independence Day holiday and report that all facilities in the forest will be open, including the newly renovated Gerle Creek and South Fork Group campgrounds.
The Gerle Creek campground renovation was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, otherwise known as the federal stimulus program. The South Fork Group Campground project was selected by the El Dorado County Resource Advisory Committee from more than 100 projects to be funded with Title 2 Secure Rural School Act monies and was accomplished with the help of volunteers, according to a Forest Service news release.
From the Quincy Journal:
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Pine Lakes in Pittsfield is holding an open house today (June 28) from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The campground is featuring the brand new pool and snack bar. Both facilities are open daily for the public. Lunch is served daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, chicken and pulled pork sandwiches, chicken strips and Buffalo wings.
From a news release:
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) will host a grand reopening event for the Pickerel Point and Deerfield campgrounds at Promised Land State Park in Pike County on Friday (June 29).
“Before being closed for renovations, Pickerel Point and Deerfield were some of the most popular camping destinations in the Pocono region, with many families returning year after year,” DCNR Deputy Secretary for Parks and Forestry Ellen Ferretti said. “This project has modernized the area and will make it much more comfortable for the next generation to enjoy.”
The park’s Masker Museum also will be open to visitors after 10 a.m. The museum was closed in 2011 related to the construction project.
Reservations for the campgrounds are now being accepted.
Pickerel Point Campground, stretching out around the 422-acre Promised Land Lake, is a favorite of campers who appreciate and enjoy shoreline camping.
“Larger campsites, privacy between sites and onsite amenities all provide for a first-class experience for the popular lake-side walk in campsites,” Ferretti said. “The renovated campground is now a blend of modern comfort that still maintains the integrity of the original 1934 campground.”
The $3.3 million renovation included new water and sanitary systems for a modern bathroom and two shower buildings to replace pit toilets at Pickerel Point.
The campground now features three new camping cottages; 75 campsites (43 are pet-friendly); and 12 sites that have full water, electric and sewer hookups on the site, which is a first in the state park system.
Deerfield campground, across the street from Pickerel Point, also was updated. While Deerfield’s 34 campsites (all pet-friendly) will still remain primitive, the sites underwent improvements. New stone parking pads and living areas were installed, hazardous trees were removed and new trees were planted.
The Deerfield comfort station has a new roof, new siding, dark sky lighting and new windows. Inside there is new tile floor, interior ceiling, plumbing and fixtures.
Promised Land State Park encompasses approximately 3,000 acres. It was Pennsylvania’s fourth state park, having been acquired in 1902.
From a news release:
HGTV announced its special programming for the summer will include a special on Outrageous RVs to premiere on July 6 at 9 p.m. EST. Here’s what the network had to say:
“HGTV’s Outrageous RVs showcases the most impressive and unique RVs around. Opulent features include state-of-the-art audio equipment, a built-in driving range, a gourmet kitchen and even a marble bathroom. One multi-million dollar RV is designed to make the open road comfortable for the family cats. From the RVs of celebrities to RVs owned by regular Joes, this one-hour special features some of the coolest, hippest and most outrageous RVs on the planet.”
From WISH-TV, Indianapolis:
Police confirm a second teen has drowned at a Decatur County campground.
Decatur County Sheriff’s Department officers were called to the Hidden Paradise Campgrounds in St. Paul at about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday after a swimmer disappeared.
Conservation Officer Gary Catron said Derick Gentry, 19, Indianapolis, went for a swim with two other people, got 10 yards from the dock and began struggling. The other two tried in vain to rescue him.
“They tried to assist; they were unable to save him. Just a tragic thing all the way around,” Catron said.
The owner of the campground and an off duty deputy, David Henderson, got diving gear and retrieved the teen who had been under water for half an hour, but Decatur County Coroner Charity Banks declared Gentry dead a few minutes before 6 p.m.
24-Hour News 8 spoke with Gentry’s dad Wednesday evening, who said he learned of his son’s death from a friend, around 5:30. Gentry believes his son knew how to swim, and says his friends thought he had an asthma attack before going under water.
An aunt told 24-Hour News 8 Gentry graduated from Crispus Attucks High School in 2011 and was attending IUPUI, studying to be a marine biologist.
The death comes just weeks after another Indianapolis teen drowned at the same campground. DuJuan Thompson , 15, Indianapolis, died June 10.
After his death, 24-Hour News 8 learned the campground does not use a lifeguard, but rather has what they call a water watchman who monitors the water. Attendees are required to sign a release form before swimming, according to DNR.
The owner told 24-Hour News 8 Gentry had signed such a form.
From WSCH Radio, Lawrenceburg, Ind.:
The excitement is building around the Kentucky Speedway near Sparta, Ky., as the campgrounds around the track begin to fill up.
The track hosts three races this week, including the NASCAR Sprint Cup Quaker State 400 Saturday night.
“We are taking every measure to ensure our fans enjoy great racing when we take the NASCAR spotlight this weekend,” Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger said.
On Tuesday, the campgrounds at the speedway opened to race fans. RV’s and trailers began pulling in to claim the best spots out of the more than 4,200 camping spaces.
The parking lots at the speedway will open at 7 a.m. each day today through Saturday as fans can enjoy driver appearances, interactive activities, food and shopping.