Current Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds
From the Business & Heritage, Clarksville, Tenn.:
Land Between the Lakes Recreation Area management officials have announced a temporary closure of some areas due to the excessive rains over the weekend.
Land Between The Lakes (LBL) received excessive rainfall throughout the day Saturday leading to extremely saturated soil conditions that caused the temporary closure of Turkey Bay Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area, as of April 29, until further notice. Turkey Bay management will re-evaluate trail conditions as the weather improves.
Portions of Cravens Bay Campground also are closed.
If lake levels continue to rise, additional areas may be affected.
From CKOM Radio, Saskatoon:
In a matter of minutes, the Katepwa Campground was under water. The resort village near Fort Qu’Appelle was hit fast and hard by flood waters Sunday afternoon (April 28).
“Literally in the space of half an hour to 45 minutes, the water rose there two to three feet” says Katepwa resident Curtis Kemp. “You can watch it rise.”
The village had been preparing for these floodwaters since the release of the Water Security Agency’s flood forecast. The area also experienced flooding in 2011.
“I think there was some doubt that it was going to be as bad because it has been so long, and there has been a bit of a slow melt here.”
Kemp says flood waters are running over the channel that runs though the village of Katepwa. That water is spilling into the campground.
A number of trailers in that campground are now sitting in water. Kemp estimates the size of the area at 30 acres.
Water is even lapping at some of the homes on the outlying areas of the village.
Kemp thinks at this point, the source of the water is runoff from the valley and fields, and thankfully not from the nearby lake.
Spring run-off is also beginning to impact travel in southern Saskatchewan.
From WOWT-TV, Omaha:
Eugene T. Mahoney State Park is in the limelight this month as it was named to Midwest Living magazine’s list of the Top Five “Supercampgrounds” in the Midwest. The Top Five crown a list of 24 regional campgrounds recommended by Midwest Living in the May issue of the magazine.
To make their selections, Midwest Living’s editorial team researched hundreds of RV campgrounds in 12 states.
“We know how much Midwesterners like to camp,” said Kendra Williams, senior travel editor, and the producer of the article. In fact, the National Association of Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) reports that more Midwesterners (27%) cite camping as a hobby than people in any other region in the country. Williams added that “every amenity, from the cleanliness of the restrooms and things to do for kids, to scenic vistas and prices to summer events were factored” into their article research.
“I love that Mahoney appeals to all kinds of travelers: people who want to tent camp, RV camp, stay in a cabin — or just hang out for the day,” Williams said. “You can swim and take out pedal boats, make crafts, go horseback riding, zoom down the water slides and end your day with s’mores over a fire.
In 2012, Mahoney welcomed 1,126,000 visitors and was the third most visited attraction in Nebraska behind Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and the Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala State Recreation Areas.
From the Summit County Citizens Voice:
Campers in western Colorado will have more options this summer, as the Bureau of Land Management quadrupled the size of the Rabbit Valley Campground, from four spots to 16.
The campground, in the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area west of Grand Junction, will be closed for several weeks while the work — including two new group campsites — is under way. The campground road will be improved, and each campsite will now have a tent pad, fire ring and picnic table.
“Rabbit Valley is a great place to car camp, and these improvements are designed to enhance the camping experience for visitors,” said Ben Blom, acting National Conservation Area manager for the BLM Grand Junction Field Office.
Boaters looking to camp in one of the 35 camping spots available along the Ruby-Horsethief stretch of the Colorado River are also seeing some changes.
Boaters wishing to camp in this area between May 1 and Sept. 30 are required to obtain a permit in advance from the BLM office in Grand Junction. New this year, permits will be issued from the BLM office in Grand Junction for every day of the week and no self-issued permits will be available at the Loma launch site. Last year only weekend permits were available at the office.
From The Journal News, White Plains:
Starting this summer, Orangetown residents will have a chance to take a cool dip in the pool at the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds.
Town officials have reached a deal with the campground to open its “Family Park” pool facility at 89A Sickletown Road in Pearl River to residents on summer weekends and holidays. Access will be limited to 200 paying memberships.
Orangetown is the only municipality in Rockland County without a public pool.
The facility will be open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from June 21 through Labor Day.
The Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds, started in 1953, is a nonprofit that hosts Jewish day camps. In addition to Pearl River, it runs campgrounds on Long Island and Staten Island.
The campground will charge $450 for a family membership and $350 for the families of town employees and emergency service volunteers. Senior and individual rates also are available. As of Monday, about 80 memberships had been snatched up, Ward said.