Current Briefs from RV Parks and Campgrounds
From The State, Columbia:
Bruce Cannon’s BBQ in Little Mountain, S.C., is one of dozens of family-owned barbecue restaurants scattered across South Carolina, many only open a few days a week and known primarily to locals and barbecue aficionados.
Now, state tourism officials want to help them drum up more business, spending $1.2 million to promote the state’s “barbecue trail” in an effort to help hundreds of thousands of travelers and tourists find places like Cannon’s on their way to the state’s beaches or college football games.
To pay for that marketing blitz, S.C. lawmakers have given the state Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism more than $20 million in new money over the past two years, most of that money going to pay for advertising in Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head, Columbia, Charleston and Greenville.
But beginning this fall, the department will embark on a $3.5 million advertising campaign designed to showcase the state’s more rural areas, including the $1.2 million campaign, scheduled to begin later this month, highlighting the state’s barbecue culture.
“When you look at the all the small mom-and-pop barbecue places … each one has its own character, its own following, its own little special item – like their recipe for banana pudding,” said Marion Edmonds, a spokesman for the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. “We can really have a lot of fun with that.”
From The Fresno Bee:
The Aspen fire burning north of Huntington Lake was 70% contained and had burned about 20,252 acres as of 7 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 4), U.S. Forest Service officials said.
As containment has grown, the number of fire personnel assigned to the Aspen fire has been reduced to 1,828, officials said.
The fire, sparked by lightning on July 22, has cost about $21.5 million to date.
Recreation and businesses remain open in the areas of Shaver Lake, Huntington Lake, Lake Thomas Edison, Florence Lake and Mono Hot Springs. Several roads and campgrounds remain closed.
From the Aberdeen News:
That steady, low rumble you hear is a long string of motorcycles heading west.
It happens every August as Sturgis, which for 50 or so weeks of the year is a largely sleepy town of about 6,700 residents, gears up (so to speak) to welcome hundreds of thousands of bikers for the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
In truth, the hundreds of thousands of folks who attend the rally are scattered around the Black Hills and beyond, from Wall Drug west to Devil’s Tower in Wyoming and from north of Belle Fourche to Custer State Park in the south. In-between those points are plenty of events for not only those on cycles, but those in cars, on foot or using pedal-powered bikes.
The rally formally begins today and runs through Aug. 11.
Big acts such as ZZ Top, Kid Rock and Toby Keith play the large campgrounds. There are past-their-prime rockers such as Bret Michaels, Candlebox and Jackyl at some of the smaller campgrounds and secondary venues.
From the Ketchikan Daily News:
Opportunities for people to take their outdoor experiences to a cabin are increasing. While U.S. Forest Service cabins are plentiful, they are mostly accessible by plane, boat or backpacking adventures. But Alaska State Parks is building a cabin for public use at Settlers Cove, right in Ketchikan’s backyard.
Construction started July 15 and only 10 days in, the cabin has a completed roof, windows and sleeping bunks. All that is left is trim, sanding, staining and the porch, said Mary Kowalczyk, the district park ranger.
“Of course, there will be a picnic bench and a fire ring installed, too,” she said.
The cabin sits on a former campsite, chosen because it already had a foundation area installed. The site was previously used for small camp trailers, so the existing concrete pad was both level and raised a bit from the ground.
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From the Daily Interlake, Kalispell:
A capital improvement project to increase safety and upgrade facilities at the Riverside Boat Launch and the Murray Bay Campground on the east side of the Hungry Horse Reservoir is complete, and the sites were opened Friday (Aug. 2).
Campsites and facilities have been retrofitted to accommodate more family and group camping, including double sites and pull-through parking.
The project at the Riverside Boat Launch included rebuilding part of the boat ramp, expanding boat-trailer parking, adding a new toilet and establishing three pull-in campsites suitable for truck campers, motorhomes and small camp trailers.
Developing hosted campsites with bear boxes and eliminating dispersed camping at the boat launch is expected to help prevent bear-human conflicts.
At the Murray Bay Campground, three campsites were established in place of the picnic area with two of those being double sites. Individual campsites were enlarged, three toilets in disrepair were torn down in the closed B Loop and picnic area and one new toilet was built.
The B Loop remains closed but may be developed in the future. Because these sites are in grizzly bear habitat, bear-resistant food lockers were installed to prevent habituation.
Forest campers and visitors are reminded that all food and food-related items must be stored in a bear-resistant manner.
Both sites are being managed by the forest’s new concessions contractor, Barta Enterprises Inc., which is doing business locally as Flathead Valley Campgrounds.
Both are fee sites. Single sites cost $11 per day or $22 for double sites. There is also a $5 day-use fee.
People who use the sites need to bring their own water, since water will not be available until next season.