Current Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds
From the Cassville Democrat:
Click here to view photos of the campground flooding at Roaring River State Park.
From the Lake County Chronicle:
An expansion to the Burlington Bay Campground in Two Harbors is under construction. Set to open this fall, construction has been in progress since May.
“It’s going along pretty smoothly,” said City Councilor Seth McDonald, of Two Harbors. “It’s close to completion and there haven’t been any major issues.”
Adding 36 Class A motorhome sites, the expansion will include state-of-the-art facilities and a three tier layout. The city plans to put in another bath house next year, along with more primitive camping areas.
“We’re shooting for a soft opening in September,” said Two Harbors Mayor Randy Bolen. “We’ll have the grand opening in the spring.”
According to Bolen, one of the campground’s most appealing features is its view of Lake Superior.
“It will be an attractive facility for visitors and the community alike,” Bolen said, “It’s a huge opportunity for our city.”
Although the project is expected to be completed soon, there’s still work to be done and a firm opening date has not been set.
“We have to complete the punch list,” McDonald said. “The soft opening in the fall is not determined, yet.”
The $1.25 million addition was funded with an IRRRB grant and State of Minnesota bonding money. No funding from the city’s general fund was necessary for the project.
Currently, the campground boasts 66 sites with water and electric hookups, 36 with water electric, and sewer hookups, and 10 primitive tent sites.
From the Charleston Daily Mail:
A plan to raise money for improvements at two state parks has been put on hold until the Legislature can clarify a section of state code, members of the state Economic Development Authority were told Thursday (Aug. 15).
Executive Director David Warner said attorneys have recommended the authority put on hold the planned $24 million bond sale to benefit Cacapon Resort State Park.
Last year, the Legislature approved a bill allowing the state to sell up to $52 million worth of bonds to fund improvements at Cacapon and Beech Fork state parks. The bonds would be sold in two groups, with Cacapon getting the first funds.
The authority approved the bond sale in April. The bonds will be paid back with funds from the state's Excess Lottery fund.
However, Warner said when attorneys drafted and reviewed the final agreements prior to the sale, they raised red flags. He said bond attorneys did not feel the bill approved by the Legislature did not clearly define how the Lottery funds would be paid out.
From the Aberdeen News:
The Brown County Fair set a new record for RV camping at the fairgrounds this year, said Randy Crawford, second chair vice president of the Brown County Fair Board.
Crawford said 665 spots have been filled by recreational vehicles at the fairgrounds. Last year, 541 campers reserved a spot on the campgrounds.
He estimated there are about four people in each vehicle, which means there is more than 2,000 people who have spent fair weekend living on the campgrounds at the fair.
From the Daily Interlake, Kalispell:
Montana State Parks announced Thursday (Aug. 15) that parks in Northwest Montana are now under Stage One fire restrictions, which allow for campfires only in designated steel fire grates.
The restrictions allow for camp stoves. Smoking is not allowed except in enclosed vehicles or developed sites clear of flammable materials.
The restrictions apply to Big Arm State Park, Finley Point State Park, Wild Horse Island State Park and Yellow Bay State Park. At Wild Horse Island and Yellow Bay, all campfires and open flames are prohibited and smoking is not allowed.
Ever since a swarm of lightning storms moved across the region early Tuesday morning, fire protection agencies have been conducting vigilant aerial reconnaissance.
Rick Connell, the fire management officer for the Flathead National Forest, said the flights have helped detect about 10 small fires, most of them single-tree lightning strikes.
“As we get hotter and drier and windy, we’ll see how these new starts go, how they evolve with the drier weather,” he said. “We’re not currently in restrictions (on the Flathead Forest), but we want the public to be diligent with fire.”
The fire danger currently is rated as high.
From the Okotoks Western Wheel:
The town of Black Diamond is giving a service organization the green light to clean a local campground devastated by the flood with the expectation the provincial government will cover the costs.
The town council voted unanimously at its regular meeting on Aug. 7 to authorize the Foothills Lions Club to be in charge of restoration work for the south end of the Black Diamond Lions Campground. It’s estimated the work will cost $35,000 to complete.
The club will invoice the town for costs incurred and the Town will apply to the provincial Disaster Recovery Program for costs that aren’t covered by insurance.
About a third of the 68-site campground was destroyed when the Sheep River flooded its banks June 20. The office and two outdoor kitchens were destroyed and they majority of picnic tables and fire rings were destroyed in the flood.
From a news release:
Washington State Parks announced it is lifting a ban on campfires in state parks in Western Washington, as the result of rain and forecasts of milder weather.
Effective immediately, campers in state park campgrounds west of the Cascade crest may resume having campfires in provided campfire rings and also may use charcoal briquettes in grills and braziers.
State Parks is following the lead of Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, who announced he is lifting the ban on recreational fires in approved fire pits on forest lands under DNR fire protection, within state, county and municipal or other campgrounds in Western Washington.
A ban on campfires and use of briquettes remains in place for all state parks in Eastern Washington.
From the Ramona Patch:
Swaths of East County mountain wilderness closed to the public since last month by a 7,000-acre wildfire reopened Thursday.
All trails, campgrounds, and picnic areas in Laguna Mountain Recreation Area are now available to visitors again, according to Cleveland National Forest officials.
On July 6, the Chariot Fire erupted about nine miles southeast of Julian and began spreading over back-country terrain on the flanks of Mount Laguna. The blaze destroyed about 150 structures, mostly log cabins and trailer homes, and forced hundreds of residents to evacuate before firefighters got the flames under control.
A partial closure will remain in effect at least through Dec. 31 to allow crews to address resource protection, protection of public and private property, and public health-and-safety concerns related to the fire, according to to forestry officials.