Latest Briefs from RV Parks and Campgrounds
From a news release:
Hallmark of Kansas City filmed a short story this week at Basswood Resort in Platte City.
The movie is about a young boy at a lake resort who has only five minutes to say goodbye to a good friend he’s made on his summer trip because his family’s leaving in a hurry.
From the Idaho Statesman, Boise:
Redfish Lake Lodge and area campsites opened Thursday (July 25) at noon, after being closed by a wildfire south of Stanley since Monday. The fire burned about 230 acres; it was 95% contained Thursday.
In prime tourist season, back in business “Happy Hour at Redfish Lake Lodge is back ON!” the Lodge posted on its Facebook page. “See you all tonight for some post-evacuation specials!”
Kicked-out Lodge guests, Redfish Lake campers and residents of nearby Buckhorn subdivision had to leave as a precaution. No structures burned.
From the Lexington Clipper-Herald:
The Nebraska State Fair will get two more years to make good on its four-year promise to develop 211 recreational vehicle/camper pads on the fair campus at Fonner Park in Grand Island. But if it fails to do so, the unfinished camper spots must be planted back to grass.
That was the directive the Grand Island City Council gave Tuesday night when the fair again requested a continuation on its conditional-use permit that allows the campground to exist near the intersection of Fonner Park Road and Shady Bend Road.
The biggest concern seemed to be 99 camper pads that lack concrete.
“I went out and looked at those pads … and it looks pretty ratty,” said Councilman Mitch Nickerson. “There’s weeds growing everywhere … Ideally it would be nice to have concrete pads to fulfill the obligations that they said.”
Building Department Director Craig Lewis said 112 of the camper pads are fully finished with water, sewer and electric utility connections, plus a concrete pad. Forty pads have water, sewer and electrical service with rock pads and 59 have sewer and water, but no electrical hookups and no concrete pad.
From a news release:
The new Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Covered Bridge Retreat in Parke County will offer special camping opportunities to the general public on designated weeks in August and September.
Aug. 2-7 is Family Camp Week at the retreat, and Sept. 13-18 is Equine Family Camp Week. During these time frames, anyone can reserve an individual campsite. Families (no horses) are encouraged to attend the first week, and families with horses are encouraged to attend the second week.
The weeks are special because at all other times the campground is restricted to group camping only and must be reserved in its entirety, according to the DNR. The campground offers 12 electric and nine non-electric sites. Each includes a picnic table and campfire ring.
There is a two-night minimum reservation for each week.
Site prices range from $12.84 to $31.03 per night and vary according to the week, the day of the week, and whether the site has electricity.
Barn stalls are available during Equine Family Camp Week for $5 a day. Campers must bring their own horse bedding and buckets for food and water.
Covered Bridge Retreat offers four miles of trails and is six miles north of Rockville.
Covered Bridge Retreat is owned and managed by the DNR Division of Forestry.
From KJCT-TV, Grand Junction:
Junction West RV Park in Grand Junction will host “The Kid and Nic Show,” a five piece variety band, on Monday, July 29, reports KJCT8.com.
The band will play from 6:30 – 9 p.m. in the central lawn area of the park. KJCT8.com says this is a family-friendly “concert on the green” setting, so attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for seating.
Junction West will serve dinner before the show, starting at 5:30, catered by the Texas Food Company. Dinner will include smoked pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw, baked beans, dessert and ice tea or lemonade for $13 per plate.
From CJME Radio, Regina:
Two of the most popular parks for Regina campers have been upgraded by the Saskatchewan government.
The 177 campground sites at Rowan’s Ravine Provincial Park have been electrified and expanded. Two new service centers are finished being built at Buffalo Pound’s Maple Vale Campground and at the day use area near the swimming pool.
The work was completed as part of the government’s four-year commitment to improving electrical sites and parks facilities. These upgrades help grow our parks and guarantee a more enjoyable park experience for visitors,” said Kevin Doherty, Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport, in a news release.
Buffalo Pound Provincial Park is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
From KSBY-TV, San Lios Obispo:
Two people were displaced after a fire broke out Wednesday (July 24) in Resthaven RV and Mobile Home Park in rural Paso Robles.
When CAL FIRE arrived on scene there was a water supply issue, so it took longer to put out the flames.
The problem was, there was no water. Firefighters who responded said the water was filled with mud, so they had to go a few miles away to get water from a hydrant by the cemetery.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but eyewitnesses told KSBY the fire started when a man was barbecuing next to his fifth-wheel and it somehow spread to his trailer and then to his neighbor’s mobile home. CAL FIRE said both structures were destroyed.