The Latest RV Park and Campground Briefs
From the Connecticut Campground Owners Association:
The 2013 Connecticut Camping Guide has been published.
For a copy of the guide, call (860) 521-4704, visit www.campconn.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
From The Las Vegas Sun:
Reno Assemblyman David Bobzien says state parks will need investment from the Nevada Legislature during the upcoming session because there's no precedent to suggest parks can be self-sustaining.
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources outlined its budget plan for state parks Tuesday (Jan. 29) during a hearing before legislative money committees. About a third of the total $24 million budget proposal comes from the state general fund.
The budget submitted by Gov. Brian Sandoval calls for $7,000 to restore a State Parks Training Academy centered on staff training in customer service and teamwork. Additional items include restoration of a maintenance position in southern Nevada, a push for expanding sales outlets and exploring sponsorship arrangements.
From a news release:
The governor's office announced Friday (Jan. 25) that Island Beach State Park, one of the most popular destinations in the New Jersey State Park System, is now partially reopened for walking, sport fishing and four-wheel driving after cleanup from damages caused by Superstorm Sandy.
Public access to Island Beach State Park is now possible with the recent reopening of Route 35 in Seaside Park. Entry to the park during this initial reopening phase is free.
Island Beach State Park sustained considerable damage when Sandy hit New Jersey on Oct. 29. In addition to the loss of electric and gas utilities, dunes were breached at certain beach access paths along the nearly 10-mile length of the park, leaving piles of sand as tall as seven feet high along portions of Shore Road, the main artery through the park.
Maine's state park reservation system for the 2013 camping season opens this week.
On Friday (Feb. 1), the Division of Parks and Public Lands will accept reservations only for Sebago Lake State Park, and only for a minimum of four nights.
Then on Feb. 4, the reservations system opens at 9 a.m. for all state park campgrounds.
Parks and Public Lands Director Will Harris said the Sebago Lake Campground is one of the most popular in the state, and campers tend to stay there longer than at other state parks.
Campers have four ways to make reservations: Online at www.CampWithMe.com; by calling in-state at (800) 332-1501; by mailing reservations or by making them in person in Augusta.
From National Parks Traveler:
Is a reliable water source at the Dunewood Campground in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore worth $3 a night to you? If so, then you probably won't mind the lakeshore's proposed increase in camping fees at the campground.
The proposed fee increase is intended to offset the cost of a municipal waterline that was installed in 2012 and which goes into service this year. The municipal water will improve the quality and reliability of the water supply compared to the previous well system and increases the capacity of hydrants to provide fire protection, according to a lakeshore release. The increased camping fee will cover the costs of paying the water company for the water used by the campground.
The proposed $3 increase will boost the cost of a campsite to $18 per night at the Dunewood Campground. Even with this increase, the cost is below the range of $19 – $29.50 charged at comparable campgrounds in Indiana, Michigan and Illinois, the release said.
The National Park Service is also seeking authority to charge a new fee of $10 per person for the annual Century of Progress Historic Homes tour and for other historic homes tours as may be offered. The Century of Progress tour is exceptionally popular with all 800 available tour slots being reserved within days of the announcement each year.
While partner groups, Indiana Landmarks and the Dunes National Park Association, have assisted with these tours by collecting fees for a shuttle service, the park has not been able to recover the other costs associated with this special event. The fee is comparable or lower than other historic properties that have similar limited public access.