Latest Briefs from RV Parks/Campgrounds
From The Associated Press:
Tourism leaders in Niagara Falls that’s home to the state’s most-visited park would like New York officials to come up with a method to get a more accurate count of annual attendance.
State parks officials say more than 8 million people visit Niagara Falls State Park every year. The figure is based mostly on estimates from paid attendance, parking lot usage and patron counts at a nearby visitor center.
But since the physical layout of the park lends itself to free-flowing pedestrian traffic in and out, it’s difficult to accurately determine the number of visitors.
The Niagara Gazette reports that local parks commissioners have asked the Cuomo administration for a visitor research study. The local officials say the study would help efforts to market and promote all the area’s tourist attractions.
From The Associated Press:
Audra State Park in West Virginia is still recovering from damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.
Superintendent Jon Teets says the storm hit the park in Barbour County hard on Oct. 29, 2012. Work to remove downed trees and brush is expected to continue into the fall.
Employees of other state parks helped Audra’s staff clear roads and trails during the winter and early spring. The state hired Davey Tree Service to cut and remove trees and brush at both Audra and Holly River State Park in Webster County.
Teets says the campground has reopened and most campsites will be available.
From The Associated Press:
A bond sale will help expand and improve facilities at Cacapon Resort State Park in Morgan County.
The state Economic Development Authority on Thursday (April 18) approved minor changes to a resolution that helps clear the way for next month’s sale of more than $24 million in bonds.
The project includes an 80-room addition with a fitness area, an indoor-outdoor pool and a sauna, along with improvements to the park’s 18-hole golf course.
The Legislature last year allowed the sale of up to $52 million in bonds for improvements at Cacapon and Beech Fork state parks.
The Charleston Daily Mail reports the authority stipulated that any leftover revenue generated by the bond sale for Cacapon can be applied to improvements at Beech Fork in Wayne County.
From the East Village Magazine, Flint:
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is making great strides in preparing for the Nov. 1 Central Reservation System transition to a new vendor, Camis Inc., with its headquarters in Ann Arbor. Camis will provide a new and improved reservation system for managing state park and harbor reservations.
This transition will have some short-term impacts to customers making campground reservations beginning next month.
Reservations for campsites typically have a six-month window for advance booking. However, as the transition date approaches, this window will shrink. Camp site reservations can be made in the current system, either online or through the call center, for stays through the end of October. Reservations in the new system will be accepted beginning November.
When the DNR fully transfers to the new system in November, the six-month window of advance registration for campsites will be restored.
“One of the DNR’s goals is to keep the impact to our customers as minimal as possible,” said Christa Sturtevant-Good, DNR liaison for the Central Reservation System. “We even plan to keep the web address for online reservations and the call center phone number the same when we transition over.”
“When we fully transition to the new reservation software, our customers will have access to a robust online reservation system that will offer broader search capabilities and campsite photos,” said Ron Olson, DNR parks and recreation division chief. “This advanced software will allow us to capture the beauty of our state parks and share that with our guests when they make reservations.”
Customers will be informed as plans for the new system progress through press releases and at www.michigan.gov/dnr.
From a Bureal of Land Management press release:
Anticipating help from Jackson County, the State of Oregon Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), as well as the angling community, the Medford District Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to open the Hyatt Lake boat ramps and parking lot on April 25. The volunteers will help with the patrol of the campground and lake while the BLM will install a portable toilet and plow the ramp and parking areas.
Due to continued budget uncertainties, the campground and other facilities at Hyatt Lake will remain closed and subject to a delayed opening, which will possibly occur in mid-May. Until that time, the permanent restrooms and the fish cleaning station will be closed and signs prohibiting camping will be posted. Camping is available at nearby Howard Prairie Lake.
Trash service will also not be available until all services are in place at Hyatt Lake. In the interim, those using the ramps and parking areas are asked to pack out any trash.
Hyatt Lake Recreation Complex is one of the prime camping sites in southern Oregon and includes a wide variety of recreational opportunities like the Hyatt Lake and Wildcat campgrounds with a total of 47 pull-in sites and seven walk-in sites, a group camping area, a group day-use shelter, a fire circle, restroom facilities, showers, a trailer dump station, a ball field, boat ramps and dock facilities, a fish cleaning station, a sand volleyball court, a basketball goal, horseshoe pits, a children’s playground and an equestrian campsite.