The Latest RV Park and Campground Briefs
From KGW-TV, Portland:
The spread of the Waterfalls 2 wildfire on the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation has led the U.S. Forest Service to close the entire Olallie Lake Scenic Area to the public.
The expanded closure affects seven campgrounds, eight trails, and six roads.
Closed campgrounds include Breitenbush Lake, Camp Ten, Horseshoe, Lower Lake, Paul Dennis, Peninsula, and Triangle Lake.
The fire closure area is defined by the area of Mt. Hood National Forest south of Forest Road 4690 and east of Forest Road 46.
From The Virginian-Pilot:
Lodging revenues this year are on track to break a record set last year, the city of Virginia Beach announced.
Lodging revenue, which is the key indicator of the city's tourism industry, is up 13 percent in the first half of 2012 over last year, city officials said.
Visitors spent $118 million through June to stay at hotels, vacation home rentals and campgrounds, compared with $104 million in the same period last year.
In 2011, lodging revenues totaled $279 million, a one-year record.
"Our whole focus has been to move Virginia Beach into a year-round resort city, and we're starting to see it in the numbers," said Jim Ricketts, the city's director of Convention and Visitors Bureau, citing a 21 percent jump in March lodging revenue over last year.
Virginia Beach's uptick mirrors Outer Banks statistics released earlier this month that showed more people are visiting the barrier islands. Gross receipt figures there showed occupancy increased by 18 percent and meals, by 9 percent.
From the Independent-Messenger, Emporia:
The improved Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort near Emporia celebrated its 25th Anniversary this year.
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, at 2940 Sussex Drive, is a family owned business of John and Mary Wagenhoffer, who operate the facility along with their two children, John Jr. and Kelly.
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park is open all year.
The Wagenhoffers are interactive with their customers and provide lots of entertainment throughout the year, including giving every weekend its own theme.
There is a nature weekend, a kids get revenge weekend, a carnival weekend, Yogi Bear’s birthday weekend, a water weekend and many more.
For every themed weekend, activities are held on Friday and Saturday.