Latest Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds
From The Elkhart Truth:
A national trend that Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) Chairman Jim Rogers talked about when he came here last month, the need for more and more amenities as campgrounds become vacation destinations instead of waypoints, is playing out next week at one of the local KOA campgrounds.
Patricia Schenk, owner of the Granger KOA (which brands itself as the South Bend/Elkhart KOA) will introduce a new “Ice Cream Shoppe” at the campground at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 19.
“Our new Ice Cream Shoppe blends in perfectly with our unique vintage soda selection and all of the carefully chosen tin toys in our store,” Schenk said.
They’ll serve gelato with lots of toppings.
From the Laguna Beach Patch:
Twenty-four people were arrested thursday morning while allegedly trying to enter the country illegally in a 25-foot panga (boat), the U.S. Border Patrol reported.
Twenty men and four women were taken into custody about 4:30 a.m. at Crystal Cove State Park, said Gerardo Gutierrez of the border patrol.
No drugs were found, Gutierrez said. Assisting in the arrests were Newport Beach police officers, Orange County sheriff’s deputies, and state parks security personnel.
From the Bemidji Pioneer:
Development of a campground near the southeast side of Otter Tail Lake near Fergus Falls is moving forward despite strong opposition from nearby lakeshore property owners.
The Otter Tail County Board last week approved a scaled-down proposal that reduces the number of camping units from 186 to 141. The board agreed with the county planning commission, which emphasized that the campground, near Highways 78 and 5, will be outside the shoreland area. The proposed campground is called Homestead at Ottertail RV Park and Resort.
Developers Greg and Beth Swanberg said they fully agree with the board’s conditions, which include development of a stormwater management plan, an approved sewage system and ensuring that a pavilion will be used only for smaller events and not for concerts and the like.
Many area lakeshore property owners have raised concerns about the project, such as the possibility of excess noise, the negative impact of septic systems for a large group of people and increased traffic. But in the end, the county board unanimously passed the revised plan.
A family camping trip turned tragic Wednesday (June 12) when a 35-year-old Cedar City man lost his life at Otter Creek Reservoir in Piute County while providing aid to his son.
Jeremy William Gunter was camping with his wife and four children, and his wife’s parents, at Otter Creek State Park.
His in-laws had brought a small fishing boat, Park Manager Bob Hanover said, and the family decided to go out on the boat for a little while. They were about 50 yards from shore when the wind blew the mother’s hat off, he said. Gunter’s 12-year-old son jumped in to get the hat and, when he started having difficulty, Gunter went in after him.
“Witness reports say the father was able to get to his son and push him very hard to the boat so he could get close enough to get to it,” Hanover said. “He then went under somehow and did not resurface.”
From the Lowell Sun:
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), which oversees state-owned parks and natural resource conservation, is getting a new leader.
Jack Murray, who has been deputy commissioner, moves into the top post June 22. The announcement was made Wednesday (June 12) by Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan.
Murray succeeds Ed Lambert, who is leaving to become the University of Massachusetts Boston’s vice chancellor of governmental relations and public affairs. Lambert also is a former mayor of Fall River.
Murray has served as deputy DCR commissioner since 2007, managing operations of the state park system.
Murray also has worked for the U.S. Public Health Service and the Hands On Network to coordinate recovery and relief activities on the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina.
From the Missoulian, Missoula:
The Bitterroot National Forest will soon begin spraying trees in popular campgrounds and high-use recreation areas with the insecticide Carbaryl to protect them from the mountain pine beetle. The first sites to be treated will be campgrounds on the West Fork Ranger District.
Weather depending, the spraying will begin June 17 and is scheduled to be completed next week. This is the third year in a row that the forest has applied Carbaryl in the fight against bark beetles. This year’s program will treat 1,800 trees at six sites at a cost of $25,000.
All campgrounds at Lake Como (Lower Como, Three Frogs, Three Sisters Group Site, Rock Creek Horse Camp) and some of the day use areas (Interpretative Trailhead, Rock Creek Horse Trail, Wood’s Cabin parking area) will be closed next Monday afternoon through Wednesday.