Mich. Parks will Host Meteor Shower Events

It is once again time to grab your blankets and head outside under the night sky to watch the Perseid metor shower. To celebrate the annual meteor shower, state parks around Michigan are hosting events where families can attend for a fun night of star gazing. The Petoskey News-Review reported that several parks in the area will stay open late and host “Meteors & S'mores” events beginning Saturday, going through Aug. 15, for campers and day visitors to watch the skies and enjoy free... Read more

Sturgis Rally Campgrounds Offering Haven

As the sun sank over the Black Hills one day late last week, a game of catch broke out in the swimming pool at the Broken Spoke Campground. The participants — ranging in age mostly from 35 to 65 — fisted beers in one hand and reached for foam footballs with the other. The atmosphere was a mixture of cooling off from the heat and loading up for the entertainment, with beer a staple of both. As reported by the Rapids City Journal, the rallygoers had survived a day of cautious driving and crowded... Read more

Newfoundland Province Opts to Sell Parks

Since 1997, Alice Keeping and her husband have been running the Grand Codroy RV Camping Park, about 30 minutes from the Port aux Basques ferry in Newfoundland. According to a report in The Telegram, the land is under lease from the provincial government. "My parents actually donated the first 10 acres of land to get the campground started back in 1966," she said. Downey is her maiden name and, she said the donation of land by Bert and Jean Downey made the local paper at the time. She still... Read more

'Good Sam Travel' Lists Top RV Golf Parks

For June, the Good Sam RV Travel & Savings Guide is highlighting Top Golf Parks as part of the publisher’s 12 months of RVing promotion. According to a press release, these RV parks provide challenging, fun-filled golf courses for RVers who seek out great links on their travels. Some of the RV parks on this list feature golf courses and driving ranges on their property; others are located in regions with several nearby golf courses. In all cases, these parks are up to par when it comes to attracting... Read more

Oregon Campfires Banned Over Wide Area

Record high temperatures and the ongoing drought in Oregon are putting the kibosh this summer on a camping tradition: Campfires. The Statesman Journal reported that state and federal officials on Monday (Aug. 3) announced a campfire ban in a wide area, even in developed campgrounds with fire rings at some Oregon state parks in the Willamette Valley and Columbia Gorge. The ban also applies across the Willamette National Forest and at most campgrounds east of Highway 101 on the Siuslaw National Forest. State... Read more

Planned Tenn. 'Glampground' Has Airstrip

A developer plans to turn a portion of a 42-acre site at Graysville, Tenn., into a “glamping” (luxury camping such as yurts) and walk-in tent camping site near the Cumberland Trail, the Chattanoogan reported. The site off Retro Hughes Road is also set to include an airstrip for the convenience of glampers flying in. David Taylor is the property owner. The site plan indicates that 13 acres will be set aside for tent/yurt “glamping” platforms and one acre is for 10 campsites, for a total... Read more

Florida RV Parks Evacuated Due To Flooding

More than 40 residents were rescued Monday (Aug. 3) from two different RV parks by first responders in Palm Harbor, Fla., television stations WFTS and WFLA reported. Near the intersection of Alternate U.S. 19 and Tampa Road, both the Sherwood Forest RV Park and Caledesi RV Park were flooded, with water rising to three or four feet high. Some of the people in the Sherwood Forest RV Park had to be evacuated by boat. Rescue crews from Palm Harbor Fire Rescue and the Pinellas County Sheriff's... Read more

Toddler Drowns In Canal At Ill. Campground

Authorities say a suburban Chicago toddler has drowned at a campground in northern Illinois, the Associated Press reported. The (Dixon) Telegraph reports that the Lee County coroner plans an autopsy this afternoon (Aug. 3) for the 2-year-old boy from Hanover Park. The Lee County Sheriff's Department says in a news release that the boy wandered away from camp unnoticed on Saturday. Deputies were called to the Woodhaven Lakes campground and while they were responding, staff found the boy unresponsive... Read more

Big Investment Brings Boom At Fla. Park

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Madison, Fla., reported that it has completed more than $1 million in improvements, including a 60-foot waterslide and a new splashpad featuring a pirate ship armed with water cannons. “We’re getting a lot more business as a result of the improvements,” said Ruthie Uriarte, the park’s general manager, adding, “Our reviews have gone through the roof!” Other new water attractions include a Water Wars water balloon game, which gives opposing teams... Read more

Big Tree Lands On RV In Park During Storm

A downpour of rain and fierce winds left more than memories from a storm in southern California Thursday (July 30), television station KCBS reported. Hail and high winds barreled through an RV park in Redlands during the storm, which was captured on video. In its aftermath, the storm left downed trees that pummeled at least one RV. “All five of us were supposed to be in there,” said Tina Andrews, a Redlands resident. By sheer luck, they moved to another RV the night before. Had they been inside... Read more

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