Northeast Ohio Park Joins Leisure Systems
There might be some bear sightings this summer between Hartville and Uniontown in northeast Ohio, but fear not, it won’t be your average bear.
The owners of Clearwater Park, a 200-site campground have affiliated with Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts and Leisure Systems Inc. (LSI), a national franchise network of campgrounds, the Canton Repository reported.
The move gives Clearwater — already a popular summer swimming hole for area residents — some brand name recognition, said Mert Yoder, the campground’s owner.
Clearwater also will have daily visitors, Yogi Bear and his friends Boo-Boo and Cindy Bear. Clearwater is a family-oriented operation and the costumed bear characters will be a great addition, Yoder said.
“It’s all about kids,” he said. Employees wearing a Yogi costume will make appearances a couple of times each day and visit with the younger guests. Yogi won’t talk, but he will be greeting guests and offering plenty of hugs.
“The kids just go home with a fuzzy feeling,” Yoder said. “Yogi is ageless.”
Mert and Charlene Yoder have owned Clearwater for 10 years, buying it from the original owners who opened the park in 1947. Through the years, the couple has invested to improve the campsites and cabins, and add a variety of amenities.
About 300 area residents have summer passes for the swim park, which is open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Single day passes and three-day passes also are available.
The park also offers miniature golf, train rides, exotic animal shows and dog swim days.
Camping is available year-round, although most campers use the facility in spring, summer and fall. The park offers tent camping, cabins and hook-ups for recreational vehicles. Yoder said the park has many regular customers who camp year after year. Joining the Jellystone network could open the camp to more folks who are vacationing or traveling through the area.