Superstorm Sandy Isolates 2 New York Campgrounds

The tiny Chautauqua County community of Bear Lake may have taken the hardest blow in southwest New York state from the heavy rains spawned by Hurricane Sandy, WSEE-TV, Erie, Pa., reported. The lake level has dropped about a foot in the past 24 hours. But the lake is still 6 feet higher than normal. Two campgrounds are surrounded by high water. And a few summer cottages have also been affected by the rising water. Until owners can inspect their properties, the extent of damage will not be known. Campground... Read more

Six Flags' Q3 Earnings Soared 29% Over 2011

Americans are more likely to choose thrill rides over nature hikes as earnings from theme parks grew 29% over last year, says Six Flags Entertainment Corp. Seeking value for money, American travelers are buying more season passes, further boosting the park's busiest summer tourism period, reported. For the three months ending in September, Six Flags Entertainment Corp. posted net earnings of $272 million. The company reported its 10th consecutive quarter of record financial... Read more

Utah's Outdoor Rec Vision Plan on Fast Track

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert During a meeting with the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) in August, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert was asked if his state had a vision plan for outdoor recreation. His response, as the governor’s environmental adviser recalls, was something like "I’m not sure we do, but it sounds like a pretty good idea." Spurred by that question, and wanting an answer that could help Utah keep OIA’s winter and summer trade shows, which pour an estimated $40 million into the state... Read more

Fewer Sites, No Cable TV in Iowa Park Upgrade

The $640,000 renovation of one of Iowa’s busiest campgrounds is complete and now all that is left is for grass to return in the spring, WOWT-TV, Omaha, Neb., reported. The campground at Emerson Bay State Recreation Area, on West Okoboji Lake, was closed beginning in mid-June for an entire campground makeover. Crews removed trees and brush, installed new electrical lines, camping pads, fire rings and living spaces, and remodeled the older restroom/shower building. The new Emerson Bay Campground... Read more

Park Recovery Begins from 'Superstorm' Sandy

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For the second straight year, campgrounds in the Northeast have faced the fury of a major tropical storm. This time around, "Superstorm" Sandy struck right before Halloween – when many parks were already closed for the season – instead of right before Labor Day as Hurricane Irene did in 2011, wiping out the weekend in many areas and ending the season in others. Still, the damage from Sandy along a 1,000-mile swath stretching from Florida north to Maine and westward as far as Lake Michigan... Read more

Kentucky Parks Reaching Out to Sandy Victims

Because of the severe weather as the result of the Superstorm Sandy in Kentucky and other parts of the country, the Kentucky state parks are offering special lodging rates at some lodges and cottages. These special rates will be available through Sunday (Nov. 4), reported. State resort parks offering lodge rooms for only $44.95 a night are Blue Licks Battlefield, Jenny Wiley, Carter Caves, Greenbo Lake and Pine Mountain. Cumberland Falls State Resort Park will have rooms for $49.95 a... Read more

Buffalo Attack Survivor Relates His Own Story

Yellowstone National Park visitor Robert Dea usues binoculars to watch a bison moments before it gores him. Photo courtesy of Barbara Dea. A close encounter in June between a visitor and a bison in Yellowstone National Park made international headlines. But for the man who was badly injured, the experience taught him that it’s not just wild animals that can be capricious and brutal, but also reporters and online commenters, the Yellowstone Gate, Cody, Wyo., reported. Robert Dea of Newbury, Mass.,... Read more

Good Sam to File Third-Quarter Results Nov. 14

Good Sam Enterprises LLC announced that it intends to file on Nov. 14, 2012, its third-quarter financials report for the period ended Sept. 30. The report will be available on the SEC’s website at The company has scheduled a conference call to discuss its third quarter results at 11 a.m. Eastern on Nov. 15. Marcus Lemonis, president and CEO, and CFO Thomas Wolfe will host the conference call. Those wishing to listen to the conference call by telephone may dial (866) 283-8243 in the... Read more

Park Service Braces for the 'Fiscal Cliff' on Jan. 2

As many as 200 parks across America could greet visitors with “Sorry, but we’re closed” signs come January unless Congress reaches a deal to stop automatic, across-the-board cuts to domestic and military spending — including an estimated $218 million less to the National Park Service, according to a conservation group. Fox News reported that most of the attention on the so-called “fiscal cliff” has centered on the defense side of the ledger. But the proposed park service cuts is one... Read more

Carefree RV Resorts Expands Florida Presence

Carefree adds two more RV resorts in Florida. National RV Communities LLC is further expanding its presence in the Florida market with the acquisition of RV resorts in Zephyrhills and Naples. Settler’s Rest RV Resort in Zephyrhills and Marco Naples Hitching Post in Naples were acquired earlier this month and will be marketed using the Carefree RV Resorts brand name, which NRVC uses for all of its RV communities across the country, according to a news release. “Settler’s Rest RV Resort and Marco... Read more

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