Beaver Trails 'Undaunted' over Storm Damage
Undaunted by recent storms that have brought lightning strikes, high winds and flooding, the Beaver Trails Jellystone Park near Austin, Minn., is quickly rebuilding several campsites and making other repairs in preparation for Independence Day.
“We are back to normal,” Tammy Westrich, who owns and operates the park along with other members of her family, stated in a news release. “All activities are going on. We just had a customer send us a nice message this week telling us they will be back because we were so accommodating, even in the rain. They had a blast. That brings tears to my eyes because we are still making wonderful memories and gaining new friends here at our park.”
Water from recent storms almost damaged the park’s new cabins by coming up to the crest of the newly built family cabins. Fifteen campsites were demolished. But the campsites have already been rebuilt and efforts are underway to replace a bridge that was washed out in the flood.
Westrich said park owners and staff have been working around the clock to make the necessary repairs with the help of seasonal campers as well as local residents, including family members and friends of employees who work at the park.
This isn’t the first time the Beaver Trails Jellystone has suffered damage and bounced back. Two years ago a fire caused by an electrical short burned down the park’s 8,000-square-foot ranger station, which included Yogi Bear’s house, the campground office and store, a restaurant, a game room, a multipurpose room, a laundry and showers as well as the storage rooms where park operators stored the costumes and other supplies they used for themed weekends and other special events throughout the year.
But the family rebuilt the park with a 9,000-square-foot facility. They also built a separate 2,200-square-foot shower and laundry facility as well as a separate 2,400-square-foot outdoor pavilion, which is built with doors that go up and down so that it can be used during inclement weather. The park also built four new cabins and installed sewer service for 60 existing campsites.
The campground has three man-made ponds and one creek, the latter of which guests often use for swimming and tubing. It also has a jumping pillow, which was installed last year. The park also installed a miniature race-car track, which is drawing miniature car-racing enthusiasts from other cities.
Numerous activities and themed weekends are planned throughout summer and early fall, including a family Olympics weekend June 28 – 30; a Christmas in July weekend July 12 – 14; and a chocolate themed weekend with chocolate pudding wrestling on July 26 to 28. For a complete schedule of upcoming events, visit www.BeaverTrailsJellystone.com.
About Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts
Launched in 1969, the Jellystone Park system is the second largest chain of campgrounds in the United States, boasting 79 campgrounds with more than 15,000 campsites in 30 states and Canada. Its camp-resorts are among the best campgrounds in the industry with a quality reputation for being fun, friendly, clean and service-oriented parks. Additionally, each Jellystone Park is themed with Yogi Bear elements providing instant recognition and consumer appeal. It is truly a place “Where You Camp With Friends.” Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts are franchised through Leisure Systems Inc. (LSI), a wholly owned subsidiary of The Park River Corp., Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information, visit www.campjellystone.com