Latest Briefs from RV Parks and Campgrounds
From The Sussex Countian, Georgetown:
The Delaware Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Environmental Control’s Division of Parks and Recreation has created the program Delaware Outdoor Family in conjunction with the Children In Nature/No Child Left Inside initiative.
Delaware Outdoor Family will provide overnight camping trips guided by park staff, giving families an opportunity to get outdoors and experience state parks in a new way. Programs will include activities that daytime park visitors don’t get to experience, including beach campfires and nighttime astronomy.
For 2013, campouts are scheduled at Delaware Seashore State Park in Rehoboth Beach. See the Delaware state parks’ 2013 Summer Guide at www.destateparks.com for more information.
The Delaware Outdoor Family program promotes the mission of Children In Nature/No Child Left Inside, which is based on creating new opportunities to connect families in nature.
From The Associated Press:
The state Department of Natural Resources said the campground at Emerson Bay State Recreation Area on the southwest shore of West Okoboji Lake will remain closed until the grass has been established throughout the area. The closure will affect Memorial Day weekend.
Officials said opening the campground now could cause erosion and damage landscaping from a $600,000 renovation. Officials closed the campground in June 2012 for work that included removing trees and brush and installing new electrical lines.
“We are concerned about erosion and runoff into the lake and if we allow visitors and campers into the campground before grass is established, then we will likely be fighting erosion issues all summer long,” said Kevin Szcodronski, chief of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources State Parks Bureau, in a statement.
The campground will be reassessed in June. Officials haven’t decided if the campground will be open for the July Fourth holiday.
Szcodronski said the weather, which included severe drought last year and snow in May, has not helped officials with the seeding process.
“Emerson Bay is among our most popular campgrounds in state parks,” Szcodronski added in his statement. “We want to get it open but cannot sacrifice the work that has gone in to this project nor the lake’s water quality in the name of expediency.”
From The Pocono Record:
State police said Kenneth Dale Schiff, 49, of Somerset, N.J., placed hidden cameras in the unisex shower at Otter Lake Campground in Marshalls Creek.
The cameras were discovered in the shower stalls last Aug. 18, and the investigation led to Schiff, police said. Police learned Schiff was at the campground Friday, went there and interviewed him, but did not arrest him.
Police plan to mail Schiff a summons to appear in district court on the misdemeanor charge of invasion of privacy. Schiff will appear before Marshalls Creek Magisterial District Judge Brian Germano at a future date.
From the News Tribune, LaSalle:
Several trails at Starved Rock State Park reopened over the weekend, but the staff and cleanup contractors are not yet done fighting back from the flood of 2013.
This week, the Department of Natural Resources is trying to reopen the west entrance road from Route 178 to Starved Rock State Park Visitors Center, and crews are working to move the mud and debris off of the riverside picnic area road that leads to the boat ramp.
In addition to water from flooding of the Illinois River from the north, the lower entrance road to the park suffered damage from the south side from flash flooding from more than 5 inches of rain and heavy downpours on April 18.
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