The Latest RV Park and Campground Briefs
From WBUP-TV, Ishpeming:
Craig Lake State Park in Baraga County has added an alternative to the traditional camping experience with the completion of its new 20-foot Keewaydin Lake yurt. Yurts are sturdy, round, tent-like structures that can be traced back through history for some 3,000 years.
The new yurt is located one mile from the boat launch and is the second yurt structure to be put up at Craig Lake, a remote state park near Michigamme that offers non-motorized wilderness camping, padding and hiking. The park’s other yurt is located on Teddy Lake.
Work on the new Keewaydin Lake yurt began in September 2011. The yurt site includes a deck for wildlife viewing and an ADA-accessible ramp.
The Keewaydin Lake yurt comes complete with a twin size bunk bed, full size bunk bed, a table and six chairs as well as a storage cabinet. The yurt currently rents for $60 per night. Future plans include adding a woodstove to make the yurt available year-round.
Reservations for the Keewaydin Lake yurt can be made by phone at 800-447-2757, or online atwww.midnrreservations.com.
From KNVN-TV, Chico-Redding:
The Chips Fire in Northern California has now burned more than 36,000 acres.
Butt Valley Reservoir recreation facilities administered by PG&E (Ponderosa Flat Campground, Cool Springs Campground, Ray Adams Day Use Area and Boat Launch, as well as Yellow Creek Campground) are closed due to the fire. Gansner Bar, North Fork, and Queen Lily USFS campgrounds remain closed. The Little Grizzly dispersed camping area and High Lakes OHV area are also closed.
From KPAX-TV, Missoula:
State wildlife officials have reopened the Russell Gates campground along Montana Highway 200 near Clearwater Junction after a problem black bear has been put down.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks official say they removed a black bear that posed a human safety risk early Wednesday.
The closure went into effect yesterday to minimize public safety concerns while FWP captured and removed the bear. Both the campground and day use areas are again open for public use, according to a news release.
The cinnamon-colored black bear was captured and euthanized for entering a tent and eating food off a picnic table in the presence of people. The bear, a 3- or 4-year-old female, weighing about 150 pounds was without young, according to FWP bear management specialist, Jamie Jonkel.
"This bear had received food rewards in the past and learned that humans posed no threat, which made this a dangerous situation," said Jonkel. "There are a lot of berries in this area, which means there will be more bears, and we really need people to keep their foods contained."
From The Associated Press:
The number of people visiting Yellowstone National Park declined slightly in July, compared to a year ago.
The National Park Service reports 888,335 visitors to the park last month. That is down 2.1 percent from the nearly 907,000 visitors in July 2011.
Still, the number of recreational visitors entering Yellowstone for the first seven months of this year is up compared to 2011. The park has recorded 1.9 million recreational visitors from January through July, compared to 1.8 million during the same period in 2011.