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N.C. Campground Receives Storm Damage

Thunderstorms and high winds Saturday (May 27) and early Sunday caused damage all over western North Carolina, television station WLOS reported. Wind and downed trees caused lots of damage in Haywood County Saturday night. A historic church and an RV park were both hit hard. Four RV units at Trail’s End RV Park were damaged. In the area were downed trees and limbs, thanks to the storms. The owner of the RV park says nobody at his property got hurt. In fact, he said this only brought them... Read more

B.C. Campground’s Owner Slowing Speeders

The owner of a campground in British Columbia’s interior has placed a decoy police car next to a highway, hoping to slow speeding drivers and make crossing the road safer for children and seniors, CBC News reported. Dennis Smith, who owns the Monte Lake Resort campground southeast of Kamloops, said drivers often speed around the road’s sharp corners, some of which have a suggested speed limit of about 40 mph. The decoy car is aimed at slowing those drivers. Smith’s campground... Read more

RVs Are Growing In Popularity In Eastern Idaho

With RVs already in the driveways of many homes in eastern Idaho, one would think the local market is already saturated and sales at local RV dealerships would have slowed, EastIdahoNews.com reported. But in fact, the opposite is true — RV sales are growing in eastern Idaho and local dealers say 2017 looks to be a good year. John Hollist, a sales representative at Smith RV, said as local residents grow up taking trips in their parents’ RVs, naturally they want to buy their own RV when they have... Read more

Wis. Camping Tradition Growing In Popularity

Wisconsin campgrounds were booked up for Memorial Day weekend, television station WSAW reported. Camping is a Wisconsin tradition that has grown in popularity over the years. According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources from 2014 to 2015, there was an increase of 24,000 campers spending a night at state park camping grounds, and the popularity has remained consistent. Last year, nearly 400,000 Wisconsinites spent a night camping in state parks. For families like the Keeffes of Wausau,... Read more

Woman Drowns Monday At Tenn. Campground

Officials have confirmed that a person died after an apparent Memorial Day drowning at Cedar Creek Campground in Wilson County, Tenn, television station WTVF reported. Lt. Scott Moore with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office said witnesses claimed a female went under after being hit by a wave Monday (May 29) but never resurfaced. She and another person were apparently sitting on top of a buoy in the shallow end of the swim area when a large wave knocked them off. Wilson County EMA and a sheriff’s... Read more

Maine Campground Becomes KOA Franchisee

The Shady Oaks Campground in Orland, Maine, has been hosting summer campers on Leaches Point Road since 1969, the Ellsworth American reported. The campground has five rental cabins and 70 sites for RVs, complete with Wi-Fi and electrical, water and sewer hook-ups. Still, campground owners Marlene and David Greenlaw wanted to do something to bring in more campers every tourist season. “We just were looking for something to make us stand out a little bit more,” said Marlene Greenlaw, who has owned... Read more

Rhode Island Votes To Allow Campground Birds

The Rhode Island House of Representatives has voted in favor of allowing parrots, parakeets and similar birds onto state-owned campgrounds, the Associated Press reported. The House voted 72-1 to pass the bill Tuesday (May 30). It now moves to the state Senate. The legislation is part of a yearslong fight over letting a 23-year-old cockatoo named Tootsie onto Rhode Island campsites. An earlier proposal was vetoed by then-Gov. Lincoln Chafee, a Democrat, in 2012. A second attempt stalled in the legislature... Read more

Alabama County Sees Weekend Tourism Surge

Memorial Day weekend tends to bring in a lot of extra visitors to businesses in Covington County, Ala., especially in those areas of the county around lakes and campgrounds, the Andalusia Star-News reported. A number of businesses in saw visitors spike over the weekend. Gantt Lake RV Park was one of those. “We’re real busy year-round, but we definitely had a bigger turnout than normal this weekend,” Gantt Lake RV Park co-owner Elaine Scofield said. “We absolutely had a great year, we had... Read more

B.C. Family’s Selling Campground To Developers

After being family owned and operated for the past 32 years, the owners of Timberland Motel & Campground in South Surrey, British Columbia, have decided it’s time to sell. Stephanie Taggart — daughter of William Bray, who purchased business in 1985 — told the Peace Arch News that the family is in the process of selling the 64-year-old campground to Zenterra Developments. “It’s been an ongoing decision for a while,” Taggart said, adding that Zenterra will develop the property... Read more

PEI Tourism To See Banner Year For Canada 150

Following one of the busiest seasons on record in 2016, tourism operators on Prince Edward Island are preparing to roll out the welcome mat once again, CBC News reported.. Thousands of tourists are expected to flock to the island during the national Canada 150 celebrations this summer. The occasion of Canada’s sesquicentennial is especially welcome news for local accommodations. Many campgrounds, including Campbell’s Cove Campground and Cabins, are already booking far into the summer... Read more

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