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The Latest RV Parks and Campgrounds Briefs

July 26, 2012 by   - () Leave a Comment

WASHINGTON

From a News Release:

Two of Thousand Trails’ Washington campgrounds, Chehalis Campground and Mount Vernon Campground, will host the Wenatchee Youth Circus this August and September.

Known as the “Biggest Little Circus in the World,” the youth circus is celebrating its 60th season of wowing audiences with displays of juggling, tight wire walking, high-flying aerial acrobats and other professional circus acts.

Circus entertainers are comprised of local Wenatchee talents and performers from around the world, ranging in age from 3 to 18 years old. The circus travels to more than 25 towns and cities during a season. Playing to over 10,000 audience members, the youth circus performs around 50 shows each summer.

The Wenatchee Youth Circus will be performing at Thousand Trails’ Chehalis Campground August 4-5. Show times are 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. on Sunday. The Mount Vernon Campground performances are scheduled for 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 1 and on Sunday, September 2 at 2 p.m. All performances are open to the public.

NORTH DAKOTA

From KFYR-TV, Bismarck:

After a series of renovations, a badlands area campground has opened to the public. The Burning Coal Vein Campground, located about 28 miles south of Medora on the Little Missouri National Grassland, is now open.

According to the Forest Service, renovations include improved roads and parking spurs, new picnic tables and grills, and potable water via water well with a hand pump.

The southern trailhead of the Maah Daah Hey Trail is located at the campground.

The Forest Service adds that the Buffalo Gap Campground is experienceing water problems. The service says that inadequate water supply and pressure has resulted in the flush toilets being closed. The showers are still open, but water quantity is limited and is cold water only, and water is available at only some of the spigots.

The vault toilet near the picnic shelter is still open.

ALBERTA

From the Banff Cragg & Canyon:

A bear that got into human food and garbage at the Two Jack campground has prompted a warning from Parks Canada.

A young black bear got into an unsecured cooler at one campsite, and then was seen eating garbage at another site causing concern for the area. Parks Canada staff captured the bear Tuesday morning (July 24) and fitted it with an ear tag transmitter, but because it was so small, they were unable to put a radio collar on it.

“We’ll be monitoring it very closely over the next several days and engaging in some adverse conditioning if it continues to frequent the campsite,” said human-wildlife conflict specialist Steve Michel.

The bear was scheduled to have a “hard release” Tuesday afternoon, meaning it would be let go with adverse conditioning to scare it away from returning to the campground.

Parks Canada issued the warning on Monday for both the Two Jack Main and Lakeside campgrounds to reminded campers to be cautious of their surroundings, and to ensure their campsites are kept clean.

Having a young bear introduced to human food is concerning, Michel said, because the bear could continue to seek out that food source.

Michel said park wardens have dealt with the campers at both sites where food and garbage was left out.

NEWFOUNDLAND

From CBC News:

A forest fire just west of St. John’s, Newfoundland, near Cochrane Pond Park, forced the evacuation of a nearby campground and a chicken farm on Tuesday afternoon (July 24).

With the fire knocked down, the evacuation order was relaxed by 6 p.m.

The fire was burning several miles south of the Trans-Canada Highway.

Provincial forest fire duty officer Dan Lavigne said nine firefighters tackled the blaze on the ground. They were assisted by a helicopter and a water bomber.

Thick dark smoke could be seen from the highway throughout the afternoon.

Meanwhile, the forest fire was one of nine burning across the island of Newfoundland. Seven of those were either under control or contained. The other is still classified as “out of control” near Duck Pond on the west coast.

CALIFORNIA

From the Fresno Bee:

Huntington Lake’s largest campground — Rancheria — remains closed for a second straight summer due to “unscheduled holdups,” said Red Wood, operations director for California Land Management.

The 149-site campground has been closed since the fall of 2010 due to refurbishing. It was originally slated to be open in mid-July.

Rancheria represents more than 50 percent of all designated campsites in the Huntington Lake area. Its closure has impacted not only campers but business owners around the lake.

New pavement, bathrooms and signage have been installed at Rancheria, but a spray-painted “campground closed” sign keeps onlookers away.

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

A 12-year-old boy was injured Wednesday morning when a 40-foot tall tree fell on his family’s tent in a San Mateo County campground, authorities said.

The boy was camping with members of his extended family at the Sequoia Oaks overnight campsite in Memorial Park, in an unincorporated area about seven miles east of Pescadero, said Lt. Larry Schumaker, a spokesman for the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. He was sharing the tent with another boy when the oak tree fell at about 5 a.m.

The tree, which was about 2 1/2 feet in diameter, crushed the boy’s pelvis, said Assistant County Manager David Holland. Its branches hit the family’s other tents, but nobody else was seriously injured. The other boy in the tent suffered minor cuts and bruises.

The boy, who authorities are not identifying because of his age, was taken to an intensive care unit in critical condition, Holland said. He remained in a hospital Wednesday night.

Although the tree had some rot in it, its outward appearance showed no hazards that park officials would have marked as dangerous, Holland said.

The boy used to live in the Bay Area with his family but had moved to Arizona, Schumaker said.

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