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Webinar to Address Credit Card Surcharging

MCPS for Campgrounds will be conducting a free "Go To Meeting" conference starting at 2 p.m. EST today (July 31) with campground owners to discuss the pros and cons and the implications of surcharging campers for their credit card use. A recent settlement of a court case involved large retailers and supermarkets against Visa and MasterCard, claiming that the card companies had conspired to control rates and were not allowing retailers to surcharge their customers for the rates on credit... Read more

Californians Scramble Amid Park Fund Scandal

For months, the city of Benicia has been working with the California state parks department on an agreement to keep the Benicia State Recreation Area open. The park was one of 70 parks around the state slated to close after the state cut $22 million from the parks department budget last year. But two weeks ago, an investigation revealed the department has been sitting on a $54 million surplus for several years. The director of the agency, Ruth Coleman, quickly resigned, and its chief deputy director,... Read more

Baby Boomers Will 'Jump On' RV Purchase

After slumping during the recession, sales of recreational vehicles are on the rise as U.S. consumers give in to the lure of the open road — with amenities — and are once again able to get credit to buy what many consider an affordable second home, the Baltimore Sun reported. Sales of RVs, which include travel trailers and motorhomes, have been rising since 2010, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). Today, RV owners number nearly 9 million in the United States —... Read more

Firm Plans 'Soft Opening' on Wildwood Beach

Residents of Wildwood beach, N.J., can expect a "soft opening" this week as Point Break Management Group begins to welcome RVs to the beachfront in this resort city. Ian Cairns, chief operating officer of Point Break Management Group, spoke to media about the expected park after a protest demonstration by some 300 people on Saturday (July 28) to the city's and Point Break's plans, Shore News Today reported. Point Break recently received a five-year beach concession contract with... Read more

Bear Sightings Force Kentucky Park Closures

A view through Holly Bay Campground in eastern Kentucky where a recent bear sighting has forced the campground's temporary closure. Authorities have closed two campgrounds in eastern Kentucky to search for black bears sighted in the Daniel Boone National Forest. A family reported seeing black bears at Holly Bay Campground in Laurel County on Saturday (July 28) and alerted campground officials, prompting the evacuation and closure of the campsite, examiner.com reported. Kim Begley told WKYT-TV... Read more

Three More TXAD-Built Websites Go Live

Three more stand alone websites built by TXAD Internet Services have gone live over the last week and are already paying dividends. According to a news release, the three are for Scenic Hills RV Park in Millersburg, Ohio – http://scenichillsrvpark.com; Catskill Adventure Resort in Wurtsboro, N.Y. – http://catskilladventureresort.com; and Oak Creek RV Park in Weatherford, Texas – http://oakcreekrvpark.com. “We got e-mail responses almost immediately as soon as the site was up and... Read more

2 New Campgrounds Planned Near Montreal

Seven islands located in the St. Lawrence River near Montreal (at top of map) will be the site of two new campgrounds in 2013. Color dotes locate various amenities in the new campgrounds. Map courtesy of the Montreal Gazette. Those who love the outdoors will be able to camp just minutes from downtown Montreal as early as next spring, the Montreal Gazette reported Two new campgounds will be built at the Îles de Boucherville Provincial Park beginning in 2013, Environment Minister Pierre Arcand said... Read more

No. 1 Campground? Hocking Hills State Park

Rated nation's top campground Trailblaze.com has just released its list of Best Campgrounds in America, and Hocking Hills State Park in southeast Ohio is now ranked as the No. 1 campground in the United States. Located in the heart of Ohio’s stunning Hocking Hills region, the campground beat out hundreds of camping sites across America, including the famed Yosemite National Park, which came in second, according to a news release. Tripleblaze.com uses a specially designed algorithm to rank... Read more

The Latest RV Parks and Campgrounds Briefs

IDAHO From KTVB-TV, Boise: A fire in the Salmon-Challis National Forest near Salmon, Idaho, was burning close to a Boy Scout camp Sunday night (July 29). The Beaver Creek Fire is estimated at around 60 acres. Officials say lightning started the fire on Friday and it has been burning in rough terrain ever since. Several unnamed campgrounds have been evacuated. The Bradley Boy Scout Camp is also in the area. Two hundred scouts have been evacuated and the camp has been shut down for around 200 more... Read more

Wisconsin State Park Camp Bookings Up 8%

The number of people camping in Wisconsin state parks is on the upturn. "Our advanced reservations are up about 8 percent compared to last year, and we're currently having a real phenomenal season that we expect will continue," David Benish, camping program manager for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' Parks and Recreation Office, told the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune. Benish estimates that the negative effects of the economy in recent years, combined with high gas prices... Read more

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