Current Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds
From The Missoulian, Missoula:
Glacier National Park has announced upcoming closing dates for everything from campgrounds and hotels, to boat tours and horseback rides.
One of the key ending dates is Monday (Sept. 2). Labor Day will be the final day the park offers its free shuttle service over Going-to-the-Sun Road.
The campgrounds close at noon of the date listed (note that a few campgrounds switch to primitive camping for part of the fall, which means pit toilets, no potable or drinking water available and a reduced number of camping sites. Camping fees are also reduced to $10 per night).
Also, ranger-led hikes and evening programs continue through September, and Red Bus Tours close on the same date that the hotels they operate out of close.
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From the Billings Gazette:
Closures around the Horsetail fire in the Hyalite Recreation Area near Bozeman, and the Sheep fire in Tom Miner Basin near Gardiner, will be shrinking at noon today (Aug. 29).
In Hyalite the public will be allowed back into the West Fork of Hyalite Creek all the way to Hyalite Peak. That means Chisholm and Hood Creek campgrounds, Maxey and Window Rock cabins, as well as the Crescent Lake Trail and Palace Butte Trailhead that leads to Hyalite Peak and Grotto Falls will be open.
The East Fork of Hyalite Creek will remain closed, including the Palisade Falls Trailhead and Picnic area, Emerald and Heather Lakes Trailhead and Flanders Creek drainage.
The Tom Miner Basin Road leading up to and including the Tom Miner Campground will be opened. Also reopening are trail No. 120 from Tom Miner Campground leading to Buffalo Horn Pass, as well as Sunlight Creek Trail No. 291. The Divide Creek Road No. 3250 will also be opened. An area around the Sheep fire from Sheep Creek to the west and Grizzly Creek to the east and the forest boundary to the north and Yellowstone National Park boundary to the south will remain closed. This includes Horse Creek Trail No. 297 that leads to Shooting Star Lake.
The Gallatin National Forest would like to remind the public that Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are still in effect across the entire forest, meaning campfires and charcoal fires are only allowed at Forest Service selected recreation sites.
From National Parks Traveler:
The arrival of the emerald ash borer into Shenandoah National Park heightens the concern over what this invasive insect might do to the park's forests, and reinforces why the park asks that you not bring firewood into the park.
The emerald ash borer is a half-inch-long metallic green beetle that lays its eggs on the bark of ash trees. After hatching, larvae burrow under the bark, creating feeding tunnels that cut off nutrients and water flow to the tree. Trees typically die within three to five years of being infected.
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East Lampeter Township supervisors have given Country Acres Campground the approval to expand its camping facility near Gordonville.
The campground received final approval at the supervisors meeting Aug. 20 to remove five existing campsites and develop 19 new ones for a total of 100 camping sites. The plan is to join two lots together for an 18.4-acre lot for the additional campsites.
The campground also plans to build a new pavilion and bathhouse on the property and to widen the access road into the campground.
The final land development plan was approved, provided the campground meets the conditions imposed by the engineering firm of Rettew Associates.
One of the conditions include the campground having a speed limit study done for the entire length of Leven Road as well as a study of a no-parking option for both sides of Leven Road from Lincoln Highway East to the campground entrance.
Another condition is that the campground needs to provide a clear site triangle easement agreement for the portions of the clear site triangle at the intersection of Leven Road and Lincoln Highway East.
The campground, which is owned by Bird-in-Hand Corp., is served by on-lot water and public sewer and is located within the Gordonville Village Growth Area. It is open from March to November.