The Latest RV Park and Campground Briefs
From The Associated Press:
Campers at New Mexico's state parks will face shorter limits on their stays at campsites under a rules change announced by Gov. Susana Martinez's administration.
The state parks division says campers bill be able remain in a park for 14 consecutive days during any 20-day period starting in April 2013. Campers could go to another state park for six days and then return.
Under current rules, campers are allowed a maximum stay of 21 consecutive days during a 28-day period.
Parks Division Director Tommy Mutz said a 14-day limit will give weekend and short-term campers a reasonable opportunity to get park campsites.
New Mexico residents can buy an annual camping pass for state parks for $180, but it costs $100 for residents who are ages 62 and older.
From a Missouri State Parks e-mail:
Some Missouri state parks are keeping the shower houses in 12 state parks open past the traditional closing date of Oct. 31.
State parks that will be keeping these facilities open are: Bennett Spring, Johnson's Shut-Ins, Knob Noster, Lake of the Ozarks, Lake Wappapello, Long Branch, Onondaga Cave, Roaring River, St. Joe, Table Rock, Harry S Truman and Weston Bend state parks.
For a complete list of which shower houses in these parks will be open this year and for how long, go to www.mostateparks.com. These dates are all weather dependent.
From a news release:
On Oct. 29, the U.S. Forest Service in Alabama announced the availibility of a prospectus for a special use permit for the operation and maintenance of campgrounds and developed day use areas. This is for a concession special use permit for the operation of two developed recreation sites, Clear Creek Recreation Area and Corinth Recreation Area.
A Granger/Thye (GT) permit will be issued to provide high-quality public service with the operation of Government-owned recreation facilities located on the Bankhead Ranger District. Operations under the new permit will begin on Jan. 1, 2013, with recreation areas opening on March 14. The base term of the permit will be for five years, with another five years to be non-competitively awarded at the discretion of the Forest Service upon satisfactory completion of the original permit. The selecting official for this offering is Forest Supervisor Steve Lohr.
From KHOZ Radio, Harrison:
In response to both real and anticipated budget cuts in the National Park Service, Buffalo National River will impose a seasonal reduction of services parkwide. This includes the closure of its developed campgrounds from Nov. 15 to March 1.
This closure will not affect camping in undeveloped areas such as gravel bars. In most areas rest rooms will be locked and trash cans removed until the closure is lifted. The popular day use area at Lost Valley will remain open during this period.
Declining federal support has resulted in more competition among and within agencies for operations funds. In the last two years alone Buffalo National River’s seasonal staff, which is responsible for everything from law enforcement and cleaning rest rooms to giving evening programs to visitors has taken significant hits, stretching remaining staffers to the limit. This is exacerbated by the linear nature of the park (approximately 135 river miles) with multiple access points many of which include a minimum of facilities such as restrooms, campsites, and trash cans.