The Latest RV Park and Campground Briefs
From the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette:
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says attendance and revenue for state parks and reservoirs is tapering off amid this summer’s extreme heat and drought but both measures are still ahead of last year’s pace.
Spokesman Phil Bloom said that revenue from camping, entrance and rental fees had totaled $13.8 million through mid-July. That’s about 8 percent higher than revenues through the same period last year.
Bloom says gate attendance has declined over the last few weeks but is still 13 percent higher than last year. He says mild weather during March boosted state park attendance early in the year.
The drought has led the DNR to close four beaches but Bloom says 10 state beaches remain open and 11 state parks have pools.
From the Kennebec Journal:
The trail that Shirley Ladd was hiking Saturday (July 28) when she fell 60 feet to her death is one of the most popular — and most dangerous — in Acadia National Park.
Still, it had been 27 years since someone died while hiking the Precipice Trail, a jagged wall of rock that rises from the eastern base of Champlain Mountain. In fact, fatalities at Acadia National Park and at national parks in general are rare, according to statistics kept by the National Park Service.
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From the Enterprise-Record, Chico:
As of Monday morning (July 30), the Peak Fire had grown to 800 acres and one campground had been evacuated in eastern Plumas County.
Firefighters said the fire, near Lake Davis, burned actively throughout the night, sending burning embers up to 2,000 feet ahead of itself, according to a press release from the Plumas National Forest.
There are more than 260 firefighters on site, trying to re-establish an anchor point in steep, brushy terrain, with multiple spot fires burning. Air tankers and helicopters are continuing to work.
Conklin Park Campground was evacuated Sunday night and closed. All other roads, campgrounds and businesses are open. No structures are threatened.
Detected Sunday afternoon, the fire is about seven miles northeast of Lake Davis, and is not expected to be contained until Friday. The cause is under investigation.
From The Associated Press:
Firefighters were pulled back from a small but dangerous wildfire burning northwest of Stanley in central Idaho, where several campgrounds have been evacuated.
The 60-acre blaze in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness has also prompted the closure of Forest Service roads and a boy scout camp north of Idaho Highway 21.
Authorities deemed the blaze too dangerous to fight from the ground Monday (July 30) and firefighters were withdrawn. Crews continued dumping water from above while also clearing possible fire fuels along Beaver Creek Road in an effort to contain the blaze.
Mardi Rhodes with the Salmon-Challis National Forest says the number of fallen and dead trees in the area made it unsafe for firefighters.
From a news release:
Gleaming chrome, rainbow bright paint colors, and the defined styles of vintage autos and trucks will grace the grounds of Bras d’Or Lakes Campground on Sunday, Aug. 5 from noon to 3 p.m.
The 4th annual Antique Auto Show & Open House offers something for car and truck buffs, foodies, travelers, campers and Bras d’Or Lakes enthusiasts. This year’s event will deliver a flavor of the region making it more of an open house atmosphere to feature what Baddeck and Cape Breton offer. Highlights include restored, vintage cars and trucks courtesy of the Cape Breton Antique & Custom Car Club, delicious fare from Charlene’s Bayside Restaurant and Café, American hotdogs, a selection of ice cream and the “We Share the Lakes” award-winning artwork from regional school students.
Back by popular demand, this is the fourth year the Cape Breton Antique & Custom Car Club will participate to showcase and share their autos. These lovingly restored autos and trucks tell their own story and allow visitors to revisit a bygone era in a unique way. Formed more than 30 years ago, the club lists 185 members who participate in family events and shows throughout the season.