Latest Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds
From the Idaho Press-Tribune, Nampa:
Camping can be daunting. There’s skills and knowledge required to get a fire going, avoid poisonous plants and not have a nasty encounter with the local wildlife. The North Face First Time Camper Program offers the solution.
Idaho will host a First Time Camper Program at Priest Lake State Park, Hells Gate State Park and Lake Cascade State Park. The program makes equipment, except for sleeping bags and food, available for free to individuals and families who may never have had the opportunity to experience the wonders of camping.
The aim of program is to bring families together in the great outdoors. These camping programs are overnight experiences for those new to camping, or for those who could use a refresher. The focus will be on the basics of camping, and give your family the skills to enjoy a night out in the great outdoors. No prior outdoor knowledge is needed.
Activities may include: fundamentals of camping, staff-led nature hike and plant identification, wildlife interpretive programs, fishing, geocaching, canoeing, outdoor cooking instruction or tips on sustainability and fire safety.
From the Lethbridge Herald:
It didn’t take long for Waterton Lakes National Park to nearly return to full speed.
Most facilities that were damaged by the June 19 storm were repaired and reopened, in time for the Canada Day long weekend. This includes all campgrounds and most trails and roads. Work to repair the Akamina Parkway, which sustained the heaviest damage, will start this week.
The Akamina Parkway is still temporarily closed because of dangerous road conditions, and the closure includes all trails from the parkway, and applies to hikers, cyclists, equestrians and vehicles.
Waterton Lakes’ trails have been assessed, and current conditions can be found at Trail Report at: www.pc.gc.ca/waterton. The trail crew is working to make repairs to damaged trails, and advise visitors to use caution on some trail sections.
To help alleviate traffic problems on the Red Rock Parkway, a shuttle service will start today from Tamarack Outdoor Outfitters, for a fee.
Parks Canada has also brought in extra manpower and equipment to repair and open facilities. The Red Rock Parkway was cleared of all flood debris and damage and opened, a retaining wall was installed to stabilize the failed slope near the Visitor Centre and the sewage lagoon dike was stabilized and repaired. Within days of June 19′s heavy rains, which caused all three campgrounds to be closed and evacuated, they were open again.
On June 19, the park received more than twice the amount of rain which normally triggers a flood watch.
Exploring one of the Arkansas state parks this summer is easy with the Park Guide app. This app from Arkansas State Parks provides a map of the parks, a trail guide and announcements regarding the parks. The app is free to Android and iPhone users.
From The Goshen News:
A northern Indiana lake resort that was once a religious retreat for a century has reopened to visitors after being shut down five years ago.
The first guests checked into the Oakwood Inn Resort & Conference Center at Lake Wawasee near Syracuse in mid-June after extensive renovation work was done.
Oakwood Inn manager Jeremiah Heierman said the property was in relatively good shape after being unused for several years and that the renovations were mostly to update the decor.
“We flipped a hotel in basically 120 days,” he said. “Everything got stripped out of here from the flooring, wallpaper, ceilings, all the fixtures. Basically the building was gutted and has been redone.”
The resort first opened as a religious retreat center in 1893 and covers 27 acres midway between Fort Wayne and South Bend. A development company, which has spent $6 million on renovations, took over the site after it was in court receivership because of financial troubles with the nonprofit foundation that owned it.
The resort has about 80 rooms and a restaurant, along with two convention halls, 10 vacation homes and eight cabins.
Heierman said more upgrades are part of a three-year plan for the site.
“We started with the inn and then we’re going to branch out and really work on the rest of the stuff on the property,” he said. “The inn was our main focus right now. The restaurant is up and going, that’s going to be a really big part of the environment here on Lake Wawasee.”
From the Mansfield News Journal:
Five Ohio State Parks and an Ohio State Park Lodge have received Service Excellence Awards, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
These annual awards are based on customer feedback, including customer satisfaction surveys, and are given to individual facilities in recognition of excellent customer service and outstanding amenities.
Malabar Farm was ranked by visitors as the best day use park, and Paint Creek State Park was the choice for smaller campgrounds. West Branch State Park was named top park for large campgrounds, Pymatuning State Park was named best cottage park and Deer Creek State Park had the best golf course.