The Latest RV Parks and Campgrounds Briefs
From the Leader-Telegram, Eau Claire:
Effective immediately, Country Jam USA is implementing a burning ban effective in all campgrounds and parking lots for the upcoming country music festival this weekend in Eau Claire to comply with the town of Union fire ban.
With record-setting crowds anticipated, festival organizers are taking precautionary measures to ensure that all festival attendees have a safe and enjoyable weekend.
Restrictions for the fire ban include no charcoal grills, no open flames (including fire rings), no tiki torches, no bonfires, no fireworks and no careless use of smoking materials.
Gas grills will be allowed in the campgrounds. Gas grills will not be allowed in the parking lots.
From KVOA-TV, Tucson:
Portions of the Bonita Canyon Campground in the Chiricahua National Monument have been closed due to flooding concerns, with more closures possible, depending on actual rainfall and flooding.
“The threat of flash flooding remains extremely high and visitor safety is our primary concern,” stated a representative from the Chiricahua National Monument. Conditions may change rapidly.
“During monsoon season campers should never camp in washes or low lying areas where flooding could happen,” the representative stated. “Take all precautions to ensure your campsite is in a safe area.”
From the Pilot-Tribune, Storm Lake:
Campers may have the opportunity to enjoy a new 17-site modern campground at the Buena Vista County Conservation Park as early as next summer.
While the entire project is scheduled to take two to three years to fully complete, Conservation Director Nate Young said work has already begun on water lines, with electrical work tentatively beginning next week.
In February, Young unveiled plans during a Buena Vista County Supervisor meeting, which detailed construction of the 17-site campground, located seperately from the current 18-site location. Expansion of the old site was not an option, due to limited space.
Features of the new campground include camping sites with 30- and 50-amp electrical service and water, a new shower and restroom facility and two ADA-accessible cabins.
“We’re hoping for the new campground to be open next summer, but it depends on the weather,” Young said. “We hope to get the foundation for the new restrooms and showers laid this fall and finished in the spring, but we’re not exactly sure on a completion date.”
Cabins will likely be added last, a few years down the road.
Once the new campground is completed, which provides easier access for campers and more modern amenities, the old campground will still remain and will be available for use.
The $250,000 project will be funded by a combination of a general obligation bond purchased by the county, as well as land acquisition trust funds and grants from the conservation board.
From the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman:
The premier RV rally in Alaska, the Good Sam Club RV Rally, will be staged at the Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Center in Wasilla today (July 18) through Sunday.
The rally is expected to draw 200 to 300 motorhomes, campers and towed rigs to the parking lot of the Menard center.
Throughout the five-day event, entertainment will be provided in many forms. Participants will enter their family dogs in a dog show. The Ken Peltier band will perform Saturday night as a spokesman for Alaska’s Healing Hearts, a group that supports weary and wounded veterans.
James Hastings of Alaska’s Healing Hearts and Darwin Fischer, state director of the Alaska Good Sam Club, worked together to organize a top-notch event that they say will benefit the city of Wasilla and Mat-Su Valley through revenue and exposure.
“I thought it would showcase all the great things we have in the Valley,” Hastings said. “If all the RVs that drive through here every summer stop and make Wasilla their home for a few days, they’re going to see what we have to offer. And if you have a couple hundred RVs here, all those people with disposable income are going to go find food and shops and things to do that bring in a lot of revenue to Wasilla.”
The Good Sam Club will split event’s proceeds between Alaska’s Healing Hearts and Dogs for the Deaf. The rally is open to all types of camping apparatuses, from motorhomes to tents. Alaska’s Healing Hearts also is helping sponsor sled dog rides and other activities around the event.
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
From CBC News:
A provincewide fire ban, announced July 13, is still in place for Prince Edward Island.
Provincial officials say camps and campgrounds have been complying with the ban on outdoor fires, but not everyone is taking the ban as seriously, they say.
“People think, though the ban is in place, that they can still have campfires, and that’s not the circumstance. When we issue a ban, that includes them as well,” said Dan McAskill, manager for fire protection services.
Fire ban includes:
- No outside fires.
- No campfires.
- No brush or grass fires.
- Exemptions are:
- Chimineas with screens.
- Covered barbecues.
The dry weather has the province on high alert, and McAskill says for now the ban will stay.
“As soon as we get some good-enough rain, then we can modify our codes,” McAskill said.
He warns anyone violating the fire ban could be fined upwards of $500 or face criminal charges.