Latest Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds
From the Minot Daily News:
The new management of Roughrider RV Resort promises positive changes for the popular campground this summer.
The former Roughrider Campground became part of a family-owned business headed by Dan Williamson last December. The family also owns Black Canyon Ranch RV Resort in Arizona.
Paul Barlows, director, St. Louis, Mo., said cleanup and improvements have been going on all spring at the Roughrider campgrounds, located just west of Minot. Roads have been widened and resurfaced. Plantings and landscaping has started. More activities are to be added to complement the existing playground, volleyball, basketball and horseshoe areas. There’s also cleanup occurring around a river oxbow for boating, fishing and picnics. A book exchange operates for visitors who enjoy reading.
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From WSET-TV, Lynchburg:
Dozens of people gathered at Philpott Lake near Bassett Wednesday afternoon (May 22) for a special groundbreaking for the lake’s new marina and campground.
The facility will be the only marina on Philpott Lake.The new marina will have boat slips, bait and tackle supplies, concession stands and much more. The campgrounds will also be renovated and will have additional showers, restrooms, and more utilities.
Director of the Henry County Parks and Recreation Department Roger Adams says it’s something that is needed, and the changes will draw thousands of visitors to the lake every year.
“Currently there’s not a marina on Philpott Lake and there’s been a lot of demand from the public to have a place where they can keep their boats on a yearly basis and places where they can buy drinks, snacks and fuel,” Adams said.
Construction is expected to be completed by the summer.
From USA Today:
Federal wildlife scientists report Wednesday that frogs, salamanders and toads are dying off at alarming rates nationwide, with the declines most dire among threatened species.
Mandated by Congress, the Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative team report summarizes hundreds of studies conducted over the past decade into declines in amphibians. The study published in the journal PLOS One and led by Michael Adams of the U.S. Geological Survey finds that even in national parks thought to be islands of conservation, amphibians are dying off.
“This analysis suggests that amphibian declines may be more widespread and severe than previously realized,” concludes the study. It finds that overall numbers of frogs and their kin drop 3.7% every year, meaning they could disappear in half of the habitats they now occupy nationwide in 26 years. For 12 threatened species, things are even worse, with their numbers dropping 11.6% every year.
Worldwide, nearly a third of amphibian species are threatened with extinction, the report notes. Habitat destruction and a spreading fungal syndrome are seen as leading causes.
From Decorah Newspapers:
The Winneshiek County Planning and Zoning Commission is against expanding commercial activity at a local campground.
At a recent meeting, the commission denied a request from Deb Keefe, owner of Chimney Rock Campground north of Bluffton, to rezone her property from A-1 agricultural to C-1 highway commercial, with eight commissioners voting against the request and Commissioner Doug Egeland abstaining.
Keefe made the request in order to build five rental cabins. She said rather than having one “L-shaped” section of her campground (the area under the cabins) zoned commercial, she thought it would be easier to submit a request to convert the entire campground to commercial.
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From a news release:
Visitors at Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Cumberland County, will have the choice of two beaches this season – one that allows smoking or another where smoking is prohibited.
Beach season opens Saturday (May 25) as part of the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
“With its two lakes — Fuller Lake and Laurel Lake — within two miles of each other, Pine Grove Furnace State Park has a unique opportunity to provide healthy beach experiences to both smokers and non-smokers alike,” DCNR Secretary Richard Allan said. “The park is an ideal choice to participate in the Bureau of State Park’s new pilot Clean Air Beach Program.”
The program seeks improved air quality for park visitors at Fuller Beach and its immediate area. Signs will be posted about the effort, which also targets cigarette litter in that area.
Starting Saturday, visitors will not be allowed to smoke on Fuller Lake’s beach, nor in its swimming area. The restriction at the 1.7-acre lake includes cigarettes, pipes and cigars. For visitors who smoke but wish to use Fuller Lake’s beach, two designated areas adjacent to the beach will allow smoking.