The Latest Briefs for RV Parks & Campgrounds
From the Lake Expo, Osage Beach:
Voices of opposition prevailed during a Camden County Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing on Feb. 20. As a result, the commission tabled a request by Greg Reinhold, Red Oaks Resorts LLC to rezone a 60.4 acre tract of land from R-1 Low Density Residential to B-2 General Commercial for the expansion of a proposed RV Park area.
The property is located at Lake Road 5-65 and Marina Road in Sunrise Beach and it is scheduled for improvements, including the installation of necessary utility services, gravity sewer mains, water mains, and access roadways to accommodate the installation of 200 RV pad sites for seasonal rental use.
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From the Moab Times-Independent:
The Moab Kampgrounds of America (KOA) campground will have space for six additional 45-foot RV trailers this summer.
The Grand County Council voted unanimously Feb. 19 to approve campground owner Greg Robinson’s request for a conditional use permit that will allow the expansion.
Robinson and his wife, Sue, have owned the campground at 3225 South U.S. 191 for the past two years. In peak months during 2012, Robinson said, the facility could not accommodate all potential customers who had the larger RVs.
The big rigs often pull cars or jeeps, which requires a total of 70 feet of parking space, according to Robinson. The new RV camping spaces will be developed on just less than 2 acres at the 16-acre campground.
Robinson had previously said he hopes to start construction on the expansion in March.
The KOA currently has 140 sites, including 38 for tents, 27 cabins, and the remainder for RVs of varying sizes, Robinson said.
From the Chattanooga Times Free Press:
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has announced its seasonal campgrounds will open March 15 for this year’s recreational season.
TVA said it operates more than 80 public recreational areas, which includes campgrounds and boat ramps. The campgrounds it manages hosted more than 61,000 overnight stays last year.
The 2013 season for most of the campgrounds will run through Nov. 18, though Douglas Dam and Pickwick Dam tailwater campgrounds will stay open through Dec. 16, a news release said.
TVA said it will no longer manage Barton Springs campground on Normandy Reservoir near Manchester, Tenn., or Mallard Creek campground on Wheeler Reservoir in Hillsboro, Ala. It said they will probably open in early May with a commercial operator.
Loyston Point campground on Norris Reservoir near Andersonville, Tenn., has been under management by a commercial operator since 2011.
From The Associated Press:
A former state parks employee who illegally cashed out thousands of dollars in vacation time for himself and others as the department was struggling with budget deficits must pay a $7,000 fine.
The California Fair Political Practices Commission said that Manuel Lopez cashed out about 524 hours of his own vacation time for payments totaling $28,647. The other payouts involved 56 people and totaled $300,000.
They came to light last summer as the state was considering shuttering 70 parks to close budget gaps.
The commission said that Lopez was not allowed to approve such payouts in his capacity as the deputy director of administrative services in the state Department of Parks and Recreation.
Lopez resigned from the department over the scandal. He could not be immediately reached.
From the Visalia Times-Delta:
Officials at Kings Canyon National Park are seeking input from the public on a proposal to raise use fees for three of its group campsites.
The National Park Service is considering raising the current $40-a-night fee at sites A, C and D at the Canyon View Campground in the Cedar Grove area by $10. Each site can accommodate 20 to 40 people.
Park Service officials say raising the prices would put the fee more in line with other large campsites at Kings Canyon and neighboring Sequoia National Park.
From the Statesman Journal, Salem:
Two campgrounds on the Willamette National Forest could be converted from first-come, first-served individual sites to reservation group campgrounds.
The Sweet Home Ranger District is taking comments on the proposal to change Fernview and Lost Prairie to reservable campgrounds during the summer.
Historically, neither campground sees much use except on occasional weekends, Forest Service officials said.
If the conversion is approved, Fernview and Lost Prairie would be available for reservations up to four days in advance for visitors between Memorial Day and Sept. 30. If on a given day no group has reserved the campground, individual sites would be open on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Group sites have become popular destinations, and many are rented up to a year in advance.
“The Willamette National Forest strives to meet the changing needs of its users by offering uses concurrent with societal trends,” said Jon Meier, the district’s recreation planner.
The campground operator, Linn County Parks and Recreation, asked for the change to help meet the demand for group sites, he added.
“We found it an interesting idea and are soliciting public feedback,” Meier said.
Fernview, which has 11 individual campsites, is about 22 miles east of Sweet Home on Highway 20. Changing Fernview to a group site would allow up to 60 people to reserve the entire campground for $125 a night.
Lost Prairie is about 38 miles east of Sweet Home on Highway 20, and has four car-accessible campsites and six walk-in sites. Changing the campground to a group site would allow parties of up to 60 people to reserve the entire campground for $125 a night.