Current Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds
From WREX-TV, Rockford:
The Winnebago County Forest Preserve District has stopped electrical service at the Pecatonica River Forest Preserve Campground due to an aging system and safety concerns.
The district is currently investigating the issue to see if it’s fiscally possible to make the repairs needed to restore service. Campers in need of electricity are encouraged to use the district’s other campgrounds at Sugar River Forest Preserve, Hononegah Forest Preserve, and Seward Bluffs Forest Preserve.
All four campgrounds are currently open for the season. For more information, visit www.wcfpd.org.
From The Roanoke Times:
The new operator of the Peaks of Otter Lodge and Restaurant on the Blue Ridge Parkway won’t keep the facility open year-round.
Delaware North Cos. spokeswoman Laura Gray tells The Roanoke Times that the lodge will be open April through November.
The National Park Service awarded a 10-year contract to Delaware North last week to operate the facility.
The lodge and restaurant closed in November 2012 after its previous operator decided not to bid on a new contract. It had been open year-round since 1977.
Gray says a reopening date hasn’t been set.
Delaware North also operates lodges, restaurants, concessions and oher guest operations at several national parks, including Yosemite, Yellowstone and Grand Canyon.
From The Associated Press:
Buccaneer Bay Water Park will open in the summer for the first time since Hurricane Katrina destroyed it in 2005. That’s according to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.
Buccaneer State Park’s structures, water parks and support facilities were destroyed during Katrina, and the park has reopened in phases over the past seven years.
The Sun Herald reports Buccaneer Bay Water Park, the third phase of the construction process, will include a wave pool, water slide, wading pool and concession area. The water park construction will be complete by the end of spring.
The state estimated the cost to rebuild Buccaneer State Park at $20 million, and most of the money came from FEMA.
From The Associated Press:
New Mexico officials are imposing fire restrictions at three state parks due to persistent dry conditions.
Restrictions went into place Wednesday (April 24) at Sugarite Canyon and Cimarron Canyon state parks in northeastern New Mexico.
Restrictions at Bottomless Lake State Park in southeastern New Mexico will go into effect Friday morning.
The restrictions prohibit open fires and charcoal and limit smoking within the parks. Smoking will be allowed only in enclosed vehicles and in developed recreation sites.
Bottomless Lake Superintendent Joe Kasuboski says high temperatures and low moisture levels have dried out vegetation in the park.
In northeastern New Mexico, Colfax County has declared a “dry season” in all fire districts and has instituted a ban on open burning in most areas.
From a National Park Service news release:
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore’s 2013 “Adopt-a-Trail, Adopt-a-Campsite and Adopt-a-Beach” orientation and training session will be held May 4 at the Munising Falls Interpretive Center in Munising.
Under this program, interested individuals or groups who enjoy hiking and camping can adopt a section of trail, backcountry campsite or beach segment.Adopt-a-Trail, Adopt-a-Campsite and Adopt-a-Beach volunteers will be asked to visit their section of trail, campsite or beach once a month from May through October for light maintenance duties including picking up litter, light brushing, cleaning out water bars, and breaking up illegal fire rings.
The park’s trail network has 37 sections that are available for “adoption.” Adoptable sections range from trails that are easily accessible and less than a tenth of a mile to a section of the North Country Trail that is 5.3 miles long. There is something for every ability and level of interest.
From WTVB Radio:
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Tuesday (April 23) signed a pair of RV bills written by State Rep. Ken Kurtz of Coldwater. The measures signed by Snyder are designed to simplify the licensing process for certain recreational vehicles in the state.
The bills change the classification of nonmotorized recreational vehicle sales to the same classification for motorized RVs under the Motor Vehicle Sales Finance Act.
Kurtz says the changes eliminate paperwork and policies for dealers who sell both motorized and nonmotorized RVs. Dealers who only sell nonmotorized RVs can now do business under both licensing options.
From The Daily Globe, Worthington:
Pioneer Public Television will premiere a brand new parks production, “Great Minnesota Parks: Southwest”, featuring Pipestone National Monument, Lake Shetek State Park and Jeffers Petroglyphs.
A special preview prior to television broadcast will be presented at the State Theater in Windom at 7:30 p.m., May 7; and at the Pipestone Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m., May 8. Social hour begins at 6:30 p.m. at both locations with complimentary popcorn and refreshments.
Funding for “Great Minnesota Parks: Southwest” is provided by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, and locally in part by the Pipestone Chamber of Commerce, Friends of Lake Shetek State Park and Shalom Hill Farm.
From a National Park Service News release:
Beginning on April 30 through May 20, Moraine Park Campground in Rocky Mountain National Park will close for a major repaving project. Aspenglen Campground will open early for the season on April 30 to accommodate campers. Aspenglen Campground will be first-come, first-served until May 22, when it will revert to the reservation system.
Loop B in Moraine Park Campground, which consists of 77 sites, will reopen on Tuesday, May 21 and the rest of Moraine Park Campground will reopen on May 22 for the beginning of the reservation season.