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'First Day' Campground Hike Could Grow

The weather is looking good for New Year's Day around Brownwood, Texas, and John Holland, superintendent of Lake Brownwood State Park, hopes this year's First Day Hike on Wednesday will be the biggest one yet, the Brownwood Bulletin reported. Hikers will meet at 2 p.m. in the pavilion at the Council Bluff Campground to begin the hike. In 2012, the first year state parks sponsored First Day Hikes, Lake Brownwood State Park drew 156 — more than any other park. The numbers were down a little... Read more

S.C. Polar Bears Bid 2013 A Cold Goodbye

The year 2013 is ending on a chilly note for some brave souls on South Carolina's Grand Strand, the Associated Press reported. The 13th annual Polar Bear Plunge is being held on Tuesday afternoon (Dec. 31) at the Ocean Lakes Family Campground. Each year, about 300 participants and several hundred spectators turn out for the event. Those who are brave enough take a dip in the chilly waters of the Atlantic. The campground asks that each participant in the Polar Bear Plunge donate a nonperishable... Read more

Court: Campsite Qualifies As Man's Home

The Oregon Court of Appeals has reversed the conviction of a man found guilty of illegally carrying a concealed weapon after he argued the campsite where he pitched his tent for the week was his home and provided an exception to the state's concealed-weapon law, the Oregonian reported. The appeals court ruled that David Aubrey Wolf, 66, was entitled to tell jurors that Oregon law makes an exception to carrying a concealed weapon without a permit if a person is in his or her €œplace of residence.€ Last... Read more

Mich. State Campgrounds Could Reopen

A state forest campground in Michigan that was mothballed in 2009 could reopen under an order from the director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), the Gaylord Herald-Times reported. Lake Marjory State Forest Campground in Otsego Lake Township is among four campgrounds MDNR Director Keith Creagh is proposing to reopen next year. The small, rustic campground was closed in May 2009 because of budget constraints. Water wells were capped and picnic tables and fire rings were removed. Three... Read more

RV Shipments Up 5.8% in Nov., 12.2% YTD

Wholesale shipments to retailers of all RVs were reported at 21,748 units in the November survey of manufacturers, an increase of 5.8% over November one year earlier, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). Towable RVs improved 2.4% to 18,711 units with motorhomes climbing 32.3% to 3,037 units. Seasonally adjusted, November’s totals reached an annualized rate of more than 366,500 units, second only to last month’s 390,000 unit performance so far in 2013. Year to date,... Read more

Snowbirds A Boon to Arizona's Economy

Snowbirds are putting money into the Arizona economy from RV parks, Tucson television station KVOA reported. The most recent scientific study shows winter visitors who live in RV parks bring about $600 million to the state's economy. It was conducted by Arizona State University in 2003, but Tim Vimmerstedt, with Visit Tucson, believes the numbers are probably comparable today. Vimmerstedt thinks a lot of that money goes to Tucson instead of the state's biggest city. "It's just... Read more

Group Proposes Equestrian Campground

Michigan Trails and Recreation Alliance of Land and the Environment is garnering support for an equestrian campground at the Simar Landing Strip in Mass City, Mich., the Iron Mountain Daily Globe reported. In a letter requesting support from local groups and state officials, Cathy Wainio, of MI-TRALE, noted the organization is in the business of helping build and improve trail recreation across the five western Upper Peninsula counties. The group presently maintains and improves off-road vehicle... Read more

Jamestown Advanced Donates KOA Bench

Jamestown Advanced Products recently made an equipment donation to its longtime customers Bill and Anita Perry, owners of Chautauqua Lake KOA in Dewittville, N.Y., the Janestown, N.Y., Post-Journal reported. To express its gratitude for years of business, Jamestown Advanced Products donated a perforated contour bench, customized with the Chautauqua Lake KOA logo, to the Perrys. The campground has more than 250 sites, each of which is stocked with products manufactured by Jamestown Advanced Products. "We... Read more

RV Resort Announces Jazz Concert Series

Golden Village Palms RV Resort in Hemet, Calif., announced in a press release that the 2014 Jazz Series will include The Slim Man, Greg Adams, Will Donato, and Blake Aaron. Kicking off Jan. 9, Golden Village Palms RV Resort will play host to four separate jazz concerts in addition to their extensive tribute band lineup. All concerts take place in the resort's grand clubhouse. “We cannot wait to bring these incredible smooth jazz acts to the California desert. We know our guests and our community... Read more

Ohio County Wants Campground Funding

Recently the Scioto County Commissioners submitted a $326,000 capital request to the state of Ohio, the Portsmouth Daily Times reported. The commissioners are seeking funding to construct a campground in Earl Thomas Conley Park in West Portsmouth. According the application submitted to the state by the commissioners, “The project will develop county property into a campground that will hold 60 campsites. The project will create three jobs and create tremendous tourism opportunities in Scioto County.” The... Read more

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