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Latest Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds

July 2, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

VIRGINIA

From a news release:

RV Trader.com, a division of Dominion Enterprises, announced today the launch of a Facebook promotion that will give RV Trader followers the opportunity to win a $25 Kampgrounds of America, Inc. (KOA) camping gift card and KOA Value Kard Reward one-year membership. Each winner’s personal RV photo will become the cover picture on the RV Trader Facebook page for one week.

The “Where in the World is Your RV?” promotion will run for four weeks beginning on July 1 and conclude on Aug. 4. RV followers can submit a photo of their RV “in action” on vacations or other outings anywhere in the world. The following week, all RV Trader Facebook fans will be given the opportunity to vote for their favorite photo submitted the previous week, using the “Where in the World is Your RV?” Facebook voting app. The week’s winning photo will be determined by the highest number of votes and will be announced every Monday, when it will be featured as the cover picture for RV Trader’s Facebook page.

“We are excited to launch this social promotion as a unique way to promote and encourage engagement among outdoor camping and RV enthusiasts, introduce the products and services offered by KOA, and provide the opportunity for RVers to share their photos and experiences online with others in the Facebook community,” said Christine Platz, marketing manager for RV Trader.

For more information, please visit the RV Trader Facebook page, or RV Trader.com.

WISCONSIN

From the Winona Daily News, Winona, Minn.

The south, group and island campgrounds were closed Monday at Merrick State Park due to high Mississippi River water levels.

The north campground remains open and is not affected by high water, park officials said.

The river is expected to remain at high levels for at least a week before beginning to recede, meaning that park staff plan to reopen the campgrounds in mid-July.

Entrance to Merrick State Park in southwest Wisconsin.

Park staff have contacted all campers with reservations in the coming weeks.

LOUISIANA

From KATC-TV, Lafayette:

The Iberia Parish Council awarded the Cajun RVera project, a Iberia parish-owned RV park, more than $300,000 in loans Wednesday for a pool house and fencing, among other things, says chairman of the Acadiana Fairgrounds Commission Karl Vincent.

Cajun RVera broke ground in 2012 and was originally slated to open in March. Unexpected delays have pushed back the opening to August, Vincent said.

The Acadiana Fairgrounds Commission oversees the project, which is next door to the SugArena. It originally was funded by $5 million in bonds and a $250,000 bond from BP. The $300,000 is above the original budget, but Vincent said costs have been inflated by road construction and estimated costs.

“We didn’t know how much to bid for the pool house. We didn’t know how much fencing would cost until we got to this phase,” Vincent said.

When the RV park is completed, it will have a pool, splash pad and lazy river. In its first year, it is projected to bring in $800,000 for the parish, Vincent said.

 

Some of the sites at the Lake Alice Campground in New Mexico. On June 30, a bear tore open a tent with two campers inside at the campground.

NEW MEXICO

From the Albuquerque Journal:

Authorities have trapped and killed a black bear after it tore open a tent with two women campers inside at Sugarite Canyon State Park near Raton.

New Mexico Game and Fish officers say the women were able to escape Sunday (June 30) and set off their car alarm, which scared the bear away.

Authorities say the bear apparently was attracted to the Lake Alice Campground by birdfeeders hung by campers. It went from campsite to campsite, knocking over birdfeeders and grills before raiding the women’s tent, which didn’t have any food inside.

Most of the other campers were sleeping in trailers.

Authorities say the bear was killed because it posed a safety risk.

They say Canyon State Park has seen fewer bear encounters since bear-proof trash containers were installed in campgrounds.

“We can’t emphasize this enough: When you are camping, don’t put up birdfeeders or leave any other food sources out that may attract bears or other wildlife,” Conservation Officer Clint Henson said in a news release. “In this case, putting out birdfeeders put everyone in that campground at risk and resulted in the bear’s death.”

 

 

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