Storm-Damaged Cherrystone To Reopen

The Northampton County (Va.) Sheriff's Office said the eastern shore campground that was struck by a tornado, resulting in two deaths, may reopen soon, the Virginian-Pilot reported. The sheriff's office released a statement on Tuesday (July 29) saying the Cherrystone Campground on the Chesapeake Bay is expected to reopen on Friday morning. The campground was hit by a tornado last week. The storm knocked down trees and flipped over campers. The sheriff's office says more than two dozen... Read more

MAC Director: Campgrounds Are Hard Work

It’s the middle of the busy summer season in Maryland, reported Deb Carter, excecutive director of the Maryland Association of Campgrounds (MAC), in the August Northeast Campground Association newsletter. “Summer and its accompanying heat and humidity has arrived in Maryland. School is closed. Snow is a distant memory,” Carter said. “If you own a campground in our beautiful state, odds are you’re super busy, tired and maybe a bit grumpy by now. Clearly we love what we do, but there’s... Read more

Wildfire Shuts Two Calif. Campgrounds

Firefighters are battling a wildfire in Madera County, Calif., television station KFSN reported. The blaze is located near the Rock Creek Campground, south of Mammoth Pool Reservoir.The French Fire started just before 6 a.m. Monday and quickly grew to more than 1,000 acres, according to U.S. Forest Service officials. The fire has forced the Fish Creek, Rock Creek and Soda Springs campgrounds to evacuate. There is no word on the containment. Officials say this area is directly west of last year's... Read more

RV Park Settles HUD Transgender Suit

An Athens, Texas, RV park owner and a transgendered person and that person's female partner reached a settlement in a discrimination case filed by the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, reported. In the settlement order dated July 9, George Toone, owner of Texan RV Park, continued to deny the discrimination allegations, but he agreed to pay Roxann Joganik — formerly known as Scott Pepos — and Darlina Anthony $4,000... Read more

Lightning Strikes Man At Campground

Extreme overnight weather cut power to more than 6,000 customers in Maine and caused one camper to be struck by lightning. Television station WGME reported that lightning struck a man at Four Seasons Campground in Naples on Monday afternoon (July 28). Campground employees told the station the victim was not seriously injured. Most of the Central Maine Power customers who lost electricity late Monday night are in Franklin and Kennebec counties. At least one road is washed out due to flash flooding... Read more

Mont. Pine Beetle Infestation Not Over

Montana forestry officials say while the mountain pine beetle epidemic has passed its peak, survey results show it’s not yet over, the Associated Press reported. Department of Natural Resources Forestry Division Pest Management Specialist Amy Gannon told the Board of Land Commissioners Monday (July 28) more than 526,000 acres of pine trees were infested with the beetle in 2013. Gannon said that amount is still significant as the insects continue to leave stands of dead trees in their wake. The... Read more

It's Christmas In July At Pa. Campground

Robert "Hemi" Orwig said he stocked up on mistletoe and candy canes just after this past Christmas, knowing that he'd be celebrating again at Cedar Lake Campground soon enough, the York (Pa.) Daily Record reported. Orwig, 59, who has lived at the Dover Township campground with longtime companion Ann Robinson, 68, for 18 summers, dressed up as Santa and decorated the grounds with huge inflatable lawn ornaments for its annual Christmas in July celebration. Previously, the couple limited... Read more

Campground Tries To Block Competitor

An old lease signed by the Anglican Parish of Shediac may cause problems for Legislator Victor Boudreau's proposed campground in the southeastern New Brunswick community, CBC News New Brunswick reported. Boudreau and his business partners want to lease land from the Anglican Parish for their project, but the parish may not be allowed to enter into the arrangement. The Anglican Parish, which owns a significant amount of land around Shediac, rented about 11 hectares of land to Dave Maltais,... Read more

Survey: Provincial Parks Are A Mixed Bag

The sun is shining, the mercury is rising and area campgrounds are buzzing with activity, but just how happy are the campers? In a survey rating British Columbia’s provincial campgrounds, campers seem happier with some campgrounds than with others, the Kelowna Daily Courier reported. The survey of campers  looked at cleanliness of the campgrounds, value for the fee, sense of security and other factors. Several campgrounds scored below 40% satisfaction with the value. Others scored much higher... Read more

ARC: Outdoors Month 'Most Successful'

The American Recreation Coalition (ARC) declared Great Outdoors Month 2014 the most successful Great Outdoors Month yet. With proclamations from President Barack Obama and all 50 governors – as well as public-service announcementss by governors Butch Otter, R-Idaho, and Mike Beebe, D-Ark., urging their citizens to enjoy the great outdoors – “enthusiasm at the highest levels was clear,” the national organization said in a written announcement. A record number of events were held to celebrate... Read more

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