Latest Briefs from RV Parks & Campgrounds
From KPTV-TV, Portland, Ore.:
A man is on the run after investigators said he stabbed a man with a sword.
It happened at the River City Trailer and RV Park in Longview the night of April 4.
Investigators said two men were arguing over the sword, when Kevin Mathis punched the victim in the face and took off with it.
Officers said the victim followed Mathis outside, where they said Mathis stabbed him multiple times with the sword then ran off.
The victim was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for his wounds.
Police have not been able to find Mathis.
From The Associated Press:
The state is offering campers a free night’s stay at Ohio’s state parks for one day this month. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says visitors can camp for free at 54 campgrounds on April 18. The agency’s director says the free stay gives people a chance to explore new parts of the state and discover Ohio’s parks.
From WMTW-TV, Portland:
Maine state parks officials are offering their First Time Campers raffle again this year as the camping season draws closer.
Forty-four Maine entrants will be randomly chosen to win a free weekend of camping this summer at one of 11 state park campgrounds. This raffle is open only to Maine families and individuals who have never before gone camping. Each winner will get the free use of camping equipment and be supported by park staff.
This year, one of those winners also will be the grand-prize recipient of a $1,000 gift certificate from the program’s major sponsor, L.L.Bean.
Raffle applications are available on line and at Maine State Parks. They will be accepted from Monday to May 31. The random drawing will be held on Tuesday, June 4.
From The Billings Gazette:
With the big-boy RVs stretching nearly 50 feet, many pulling trailers full of toys, turning and parking in campgrounds can be a problem.
People no longer back into campsites, they want drive-throughs. That change and the demand for more modern amenities helped create more work for Doug Mulvaney at Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA).
“Probably the biggest challenge in the industry in the last 15 to 20 years is addressing the size of the RVs being manufactured,” said Mulvaney, KOA’s manager of facilities development.
While working for the former Montana Power Co., Mulvaney handled underground electrical utilities. He uses that experience to help modernize some of KOA’s 550 campgrounds, many designed decades ago.
“The biggest thing I do, year in and out, is upgrading electric service, usually to 50 amps,” he said.
Campground owners also must respond to RV manufacturers moving the location of utility hookups on the RV. They may have to offer plug-ins on both sides or install front and back sewer hookups, Mulvaney said.
Redesigning curves to allow a wider turning radius for the big rigs and consolidating and angling camp sites for drive-through access are his other duties.
“There are several campground layouts where you kind of look at it and scratch your head,” Mulvaney said.
From accessnorthga.com, Gainesville:
In a move to keep recreation operations within budget, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Friday (April 5) announced that four camping areas on Lake Lanier will lose some operating hours for the upcoming season.
The affected campgrounds are Bolding Mill, Van Pugh South, Duckett Mill and Sawnee, according to the corps. Those sites will be open from 12:00 p.m. Thursdays through 3:00 p.m. on Sundays beginning next week.
Corps officials said the extended holiday weekends, Memorial and Labor days, are the exceptions.
The cost cutting move also includes some service reduction at several Lanier facilities for things such as mowing, gate attendant hours and trash pick-up.
“These reductions are not related to sequestration but are required due to flat budgets and increased costs,” E. Patrick Robbins, spokesman for the corps’ Mobile district said.
The Bald Ridge and Old Federal campground open April 10. They’ll take reservations throughout the week as usual, according to the corps.
From National Parks Traveler:
Visitors to Isle Royale National Park now can have a roof over their heads while staying at the Windigo end of the island in Lake Superior.
“We call them the Windago ‘camper cabins,’ and they’re really cool,” said Kim Alexander, general manager of Isle Royale Resorts, the park’s lodging concessioner.
Isle Royale draws a lot of backpackers to explore its wilderness, and outside of the Rock Harbor Lodge there really hadn’t been any place to get in out of the rain until these cabins were made available last year.
Armed with designs based on the Michigan camper cabins, park crews built two “camper cabins” with materials ferried out to the island. Not elaborate, the cabins, which rent for $50 a night, offer bunk beds and futons that combined can handle six people, said Alexander.
While the cabins are wired with electricity, there’s no plumbing; outside there’s an outhouse and a spigot for water. They also come with a small porch with chairs, a picnic table and a propane-fired BBQ grill.
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The newest way to camp at Muskegon State Park is in a cross between a tent and a teepee.
MLive reports ( http://bit.ly/11niyv0 ) that a yurt was built in January in the woods near the Winter Sports Complex. Park ranger Josh Fogel says yurts can be set up and taken down in a matter of hours. The one he helped build at the park will be a permanent structure rented by campers who want a different experience.
Fogel describes it as “a glorified tent,” with wood stove heat. Campers supply their own bedding, food and cookware.
Renting the yurt costs $60 a night with an $8 reservation fee.
From The Palm Beach Post:
The endangered Florida panther and so-called controlled burns, which decrease the threat of wildfires to homes and wildlife, could be the biggest losers from federal budget cuts hitting national parks and preserves in South Florida, rangers and environmentalists say.
“Fire is the most important things for all the wildlife and the landscapes in South Florida,” said Brad Cornell, policy associate for the Collier County Audubon Society.
He said that a cutback in prescribed burning, a tool frequently used in parks and wildlife preserves to burn up underbrush, could threaten homes near parks and hurt wildlife whose habitat is not renewed regularly.
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