RV Park Might Replace Mfg. Housing Village
Several upset homeowners from the Katherine Landing trailer village at Lake Mohave near Bullhead City, Ariz., turned out for a Wednesday afternoon (April 10) meeting to discuss proposed plans to turn the village into an overnight RV campsite.
The mobile homes were permitted originally to encourage tourism, said Christie Vanover, public affairs officer for the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, of which Lake Mohave is a part. With Lake Mohave and the National Recreation Area both entrenched as tourist destinations, the National Park Service is looking at ways to better utilize the land, the Mohave Valley Daily News reported.
The homes are privately owned, but the land is leased on a month-to-month basis from the park’s concessionaire, Seven Crowns Resorts.
The proposal to turn the privately owned homesite into overnight camping reflects a trend in national parks. Homes at Cabinsite Point on Lake Mohave are disappearing, down to five from the original 40 homes. The trailer village at Topock Marsh’s Five Mile Landing was recently removed.
The trailer villages in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area are the only ones remaining in the nation’s park system, Vanover said.
The possible removal of the trailer village isn’t a done deal. Three alternatives are under consideration for Katherine Landing.
- Alternative 1 leaves everything in place, with minimal changes.
- Alternative 2 provides for a flood control system to handle a 500-year flood, retaining the trailer village, or eventually converting it to an RV park, retaining the motel, renovating it and/or using the building for something other than a motel.
- Alternative 3 — the “preferred alternative” — calls for the 500-year flood control project, rehabilitation or replacement of the store and restaurant, removing the motel, and converting the trailer village to a campground, with cabins possibly part of the mix. The goal would be to locate parking areas as close to the lake as possible, along with a picnic area on or near the waterfront. The 824-slip marina would be retained, and hiking trails would be expanded and enhanced.
Plans for changes at Katherine Landing have been underway since 1986, with a 2003 revision.
The goal is to:
- Enhance visitor and staff safety.
- Enhance the recreational experience.
- Protect and enhance the natural, scenic, and cultural resources.
- Provide necessary and appropriate facilities and services for visitors.
Plans can be viewed at www.parkplanning.nps.gov. The public comment period closes April 16. Emails can be sent through the website or letters can be mailed to: Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Development Concept Plan, National Park Service, Denver Service Center, c/o Greg Jarvis, P.O. Box 25287, Denver, CO 80225.