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Tenn. Campground Becomes A KOA

Ron and Libby Kaly Under new ownership and with a new yellow sign to greet campers from across the country, the former Countryside Resort is now the Nashville East/Lebanon (Tenn.)  Kampgrounds of America (KOA), the Lebanon Democrat and Wilson County News reported. To celebrate these changes, the campground will hold an activity-packed event Saturday (Aug. 30) from 3-9 p.m. “We’ll have great entertainment and fun events throughout the day,” said campground owner Libby Kaly, who purchased the... Read more

Donations Reopen Primitive Camping

After being closed for two years due to state budget cuts, the Ryan's Cove campground in California's Humboldt Lagoons State Park reopened today after local groups raised the funds to restore the serene waterside site, the Pasadena Star-News reported. Sitting on the edge of Stone Lagoon about six miles south of Orick, the primitive campground is only a small sliver of the nearly 1.5 million-acre California State Park system. But Kayak Zak's rental company owner Marna Powell, who spearheaded... Read more

Officials Eye RV Park To Help Tourism

Officials in Clay County, Ky., hope an RV park will bring more visitors to the community, television station WYMT reported. The road to economic prosperity is not always paved from the start. Sometimes, it takes a little work first. That is why Clay County Judge Executive Joe Asher wants to turn a 15-acre plot of land in the Elk Mountain Industrial Park into a camping destination. "We have people that come up there and park anyway. In the future, we would like to build an RV park up there with... Read more

Michigan Harbor's Camping Approved

Michigan approved camping at the St. Clair Boat Harbor, but campsites won’t be available until next year, the Times Herald of Port Huron reported. St. Clair Mayor Bill Cedar said it would be up to city administrators to determine when to bid out the project. Superintendent Mike Booth did not return emails seeking comment. The idea of having nine campsites at the St. Clair Boat Harbor has been in the works for about six months. Officials have estimated the project will cost $30,000, with half... Read more

Flood, More Rain Don't Deter Campers

Bill and Christi Payne brought their RV out Sunday to Branched Oak Lake in Nebraska so they could get a good spot for the Labor Day weekend. "You have to, otherwise you won't get one," Bill Payne told the Lincoln Journal Star. The couple left their fifth-wheel camper at the lake and drove back to York. To keep their spot, they paid for the next three days — even though they weren't there — and returned Wednesday night. The Paynes got a nice spot in the Homestead Campground,... Read more

Colo. Campground Housing Vounteers

The Drake Campground is on the mend and, despite being hit hard by the flood, has since become a temporary home for volunteer recovery workers in Colorado's Big Thompson Canyon, the Daily Camera of Boulder reported. "We fed 230 people from Wisconsin who were up helping people," said Jeff Shaffer, who owns the campground with his wife, Lori. In years past, the couple typically rented out an apartment to tenants, but they have given up the extra income to allow traveling volunteer groups... Read more

Supporters Rally To Resume Camping

A rally is planned for this weekend in support of reopening the Albert Pike campground for overnight use in Arkadelphia, Ark., the Associated Press reported. Overnight camping has been prohibited at the south Arkansas campground since 2010, when 20 people died in powerful flash flood after the Little Missouri River rose more than 20 feet in less than four hours. The site is now open during daylight hours but not for overnight camping. It's owned by the U.S. Forest Service. The Daily Siftings... Read more

Campground Still At Odds With Town

Despite the hot August sun, Pam Brackett walked down a dirt lane at Chewonki Campground on a recent afternoon, shaded by about 20 tall white pines hand-planted by her father 53 years ago at the Wiscasset, Maine, campground, the Bangor Daily News reported. “This is our gateway,” she said of the tree-lined driveway that connects her home to the rest of the 50-acre campground. “When people go through, their shoulders go down.” In 1961, Brackett’s father, area attorney and judge Donald Brackett,... Read more

Vermont: Corps Herbicide Broke Law

Nicky Frechette did not stay long during her recent visit to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers campground in Windham County, Vermont. The 41-year New York resident left shortly after she said she was sprayed with a liquid herbicide one morning at a South Londonderry camping area, the Manchester Journal reported. Frechette and her partner arrived at the Winhall Brook Camping Area late one night in July. She woke up to cook breakfast around 8 a.m. the following morning. She started a fire, placed frozen... Read more

Outdoor Foundation Ball Raises $300k

More than 125 nonprofit projects will be funded thanks to the success of The Outdoor Foundation's 2014 Outsiders Ball, which took place Aug. 5. According to a written announcement from the foundation, in one night, more than 1,000 friends, leaders and luminaries joined together to support the issue of youth participation in the outdoors, raising nearly $300,000 to fund non-profit projects and college programs that will connect an estimated 20,000 to the outdoors. Attendees and sponsors included:... Read more

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