The Latest RV Park and Campground Briefs
From the Peoria Journal Star:
House Bill 3611 got a hearing in the State Government Administration Committee on Tuesday (Dec. 4). This is the legislation that would return Wildlife Prairie State Park, which offers tent camping and cabins and lodges, to private hands.
The "crown jewel of central Illinois," which started out its existence under private control and was later transferred to state hands in 2000 has suffered along with the rest of the state's parks as the Land of Lincoln has gradually cut funding to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
As such, the private Friends of Wildlife Prairie Park have offered to take it back from the state, overseeing maintenance of the beautiful facility and keeping it open to the public.
The measure permitting this has already sailed through the Senate and is now being considered by the House. There are also several bureaucratic hoops to jump through, but the bill is still likely on track, with a return happening sometime next year after a vote and the governor's signature.
Reps. Mike Unes, David Leitch, Jehan Gordon-Booth, Keith Sommer and Norine Hammond are all area sponsors of the legislation. Unes is the chief sponsor in the House. Both Sens. Dave Koehler and Darin LaHood shepherded it through the Senate, with Koehler taking the lead there.
From the New England Cable Network:
The registration period begins soon for Allagash Wilderness Waterway campgrounds in northern Maine.
Registration will open at 8 a.m. on Dec. 8 at the Chamberlain Bridge ranger station.
The Allagash Wilderness Waterway is providing winter campsites at Chamberlain Bridge and Kellogg Brook in the preserve, a 92-mile-long ribbon of rivers, streams, lakes and ponds that winds through northern Maine's forests.
The 48 campsites available at Chamberlain Bridge and Kellogg Brook will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis until the campground capacity is reached, which could occur as early as noon on opening day. The sites are popular with ice fishermen.
Rental fees plus meal and lodging tax are charged.
From the Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles:
A new feature of the Discover Pass allows purchasers to choose the start date for the annual pass.
The new “choose your date” option is available to customers who buy the pass online at www.Discover Pass.wa.gov or in person from retailers who sell recreational licenses through the Washington Interactive Licensing Database — or WILD — system.
Retail vendor locations are listed on the state Department of Fish and Wildlife website at www.wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors.
At the time of purchase, the buyer can activate the pass immediately or on any day within one year of the purchase date.
The new option was passed into law in 2012 to allow greater flexibility to outdoor recreation enthusiasts, including those who want to give the pass as a gift.
The Discover Pass, authorized by the Legislature and governor in 2011, is required on motor vehicles accessing state parks and other state-managed recreation lands.
It was adopted to support the operation of state recreation lands, including those managed by the state Parks and Recreation Commission, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the state Department of Natural Resources.