ORIR Urges Support for Rec in ’18 Fed Budget

America’s Great Outdoors is vital to the quality of life for most Americans and key to the nation’s $887 billion per year outdoor recreation industry. As reported by RVIA Today Express, the federal government manages nearly one-third of the nation’s surface area, making it integral to the health of an industry that supports some 7.6 million jobs. The Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) urges support for federal outdoor recreation programs in the FY2018 budget now being crafted by... Read more

Hospitality Sector Eyes Entry to National Parks

Companies that operate visitor services in national parks are pushing the Trump administration to outsource more work to the private sector. The Hill reported that the hospitality industry is betting that President Trump’s desire to cut the National Park Service’s (NPS) budget, combined with the GOP’s long-standing goal of moving federal functions to the private sector, presents an opportunity to make inroads in campgrounds, fee collection and other services at parks. The administration appears... Read more

Privatizing Grows in Nat’l Forest Campgrounds

More and more campgrounds within the national forest system are not actually run by the U.S. Forest Service. They’re operated by private companies. Marketplace reported that in the Los Padres National Forest along California’s Central Coast, for example, 52 of its 125 campgrounds are managed by a private operator called Parks Management Co. “I’ve always enjoyed the federal land because it’s been cheap, easy to get to, enjoyable and fun,” said Josh Larson, who was camping at Rose Valley... Read more

Wis. Lake Community Joins Tiny House Craze

As the tiny house movement continues to grow, Pearl Lake Manager Bob Severson is hard at work building them. For 27 years Wisconsin’s Pearl Lake has been buying 400-square-foot park homes and then adding room additions in its recreational neighborhood, open May 1 to Oct. 15. Making the tiny homes has become a perfect opportunity for a business devoted to providing recreation and unique living spaces. Severson took notice of the tiny house trend about three years ago. The economical tiny houses... Read more

Oregon Eclipse Watchers Scrambling for Sites

By now, all of Oregon’s reservable campgrounds in the path of this year’s total solar eclipse are booked. But left unaccounted for are the hundreds of first-come, first-served sites that will be up for grabs this August. Between the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, there are more than 100 first-come, first-served campgrounds in Oregon, offering hundreds of sites in a jam-packed path of totality. Dozens more are found just outside the path. Officials expect people to... Read more

Lemonis Will Keep 57 Gander Locations Open

June 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Camping World Holdings Inc. President and CEO Marcus Lemonis said today (June 30) that the company will keep 57 Gander Mountain and Overton’s brand locations in operation that it acquired earlier this year. Previously, Lemonis indicated the goal was to keep 70 of Gander Mountain’s 160 stores open but pared the number to 57 sites that demonstrated they “have a clear path to profitability,” according to a MarketWatch report. Gander Mountain filed for bankruptcy in March, placing its retail... Read more

Ariz. KOA to Fly Massive U.S. Flag for July 4th

Arizona’s Gila Bend KOA Campground has a new 15- by 25-foot American flag, which has been installed in time for July 4th weekend festivities. “Flags are a symbol of our heritage and our freedom, and when visitors arrive in Gila Bend, the first thing they will see will be our big red, white and blue flag, which we display proudly in the center of town,” said Michael Celaya, Gila Bend’s town manager, in a press release. The flag was donated by Scott Swanson of the 130-site campground, who... Read more

Veteran Planning Protest if Wash. Parks Close

Legislators may say they have until midnight Friday (June 30) to pass a Washington budget and avoid a government shutdown, but the state park system says its deadline comes much sooner. Washington state parks will need to begin shutdown procedures on Friday morning  if no state budget is passed by then, forcing campers out early. “You guys up there in Olympia, get something done,” said Tom Hanson. To say Hanson is upset about the potential of a government shutdown is an understatement — the... Read more

Fishing Program Expanding at Vermont Parks

Vermont state parks and the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department have expanded the popular Reel Fun Vermont program for 2017. The Mountain Times reported that 18 Vermont state parks now offer free loaner fishing equipment to park visitors, along with a mix of educational resources focused on the sport of fishing. “We’re excited to offer Reel Fun at six more state parks this summer, making fishing easy and accessible to even more park campers and day visitors,” said Chris Adams, information... Read more

Indiana State Parks Will Host Fireworks Shows

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources will be holding fireworks shows in several state parks in the days leading up to the July 4 holiday. The Washington Times reported that Indiana Dunes State Park in Chesterton will have food vendors and a display on Thursday. Versailles State Park, Raccoon State Recreation Area, Pokagon State Park, Patoka Lake and Clifty Falls State Park will all have fireworks shows Saturday. The Fourwinds Resort and Marina at Fairfax State Recreation Area on Monroe Lake... Read more

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