The Latest RV Park and Campground Briefs
From the Register-Herald, Beckley:
A new campground is under construction in Summers County’s corridor of the New River Gorge’s National River.
Robin Snyder, chief interpreter for the National Park Service, said the National River received federal project funding to create a campsite 1.5 miles past the Sandstone Visitors center in Meadow Creek.
“This is going to be a lovely campground right on the New River featuring a boat launch. We expect to attract local and distant visitors,” she said.
The Meadow Creek Campground will be the first in the New River Gorge to offer electric and water. The park is looking at the feasibility of providing sewer as well, she said.
In all, the campground will have more than 20 camping sites with at least 5 R.V. sites.
The rest of the sites will be “pull in” and visitors can camp in their vehicles or pitch a tent.
A comfort station with bathrooms and a dumping station is also under construction at Meadow Creek.
Construction on this campground began in October and is expected to be finished by the end of September 2013.
Snyder said the park service is studying the possibility of having a fee for the campground, which would be used to maintain the site.
From the Estes Park Trail-Gazette:
Rocky Mountain National Park officials have opened the park on a limited basis after brief closure due to the Fern Lake Fire. Visitors may enter the park through Highway 34, the Fall River Entrance, and Highway 36, the Beaver Meadows Entrance.
Weather permitting, the road will be open to Many Parks Curve, the normal winter closure point on Trail Ridge Road. Bear Lake Road will remain closed until further notice because of fire operations. Upper Beaver Meadows, Hidden Valley, and trails leading into the area around the Fern Lake Fire remain closed. Beaver Meadows Visitor Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fall River Visitor Center is open weekends from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information click here to read the latest account in the National Parks Traveler.
From The Associated Press:
Illinois vehicle owners will pay $2 more for license plates next year after Gov. Pat Quinn approved a surcharge to help repair and maintain state parks.
The Democrat signed a law Friday (Dec. 7) increasing registration fees Jan 1.
The money will go to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
The agency says the fee could raise as much as $20 million annually toward a $750 million repair backlog. That account could grow to $35 million annually with other new recreational and fishing fees
Basic license-plate renewals will be $101 with the surcharge. A spokesman for Secretary of State Jesse White — who opposed the increase — says the fee will apply to until renewals due in March at the earliest.