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Big Winter: Snowbirds Head To Ariz. Early

Snowbirds are arriving in Arizona two to four weeks ahead of schedule in what is shaping up to be a stronger winter season, according to RV park operators across the state. “I’m getting them coming in two weeks to a month earlier and they are extending out longer at the other end (of the winter season),” said Sabrina Welborn, office manager for the 265-site Silverview RV Resort in Bullhead City, in a written announcement from the Arizona Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds. “The phone... Read more

Lake Rudolph Shines In Autumn Tourism

Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort in Santa Claus, Ind., was the only private campground to reach a statewide list of the top fall camping destinations in Indiana, and they also reached the top three list for best haunted attraction in the state. “These winners truly represent the Best of Indiana," Mark Newman, head of the Indiana Office of Tourism Development, said in an announcement of the winners.  “It is a point of pride to have these winners, as well as the diverse set of nominees... Read more

Gov't Issues New Playground Guidelines

New guidance on selecting and installing playground surfaces is now available from the Access Board, the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC). Developed by the National Center on Accessibility (NCA) at Indiana University with funding from the board, the guide, "Seven Things Every Playground Owner Should Know About the Accessibility of Their Playground Surfaces," outlines key considerations and steps in selecting, installing, and maintaining playground surface to... Read more

Colorado County Approves Two RV Parks

The Logan County (Colo.) Commissioners approved two RV park requests during a business meeting Tuesday (Oct. 28), the Sterling Journal-Advocate reported. First up was a resolution granting the establishment of a special use permit for the operation of a six space RV park on behalf of Judy A. Stover. Rob Quint, of the planning and zoning department, noted the planning commission met last week and recommended the commissioners approve the application, contingent upon installation of septic lines within... Read more

Muddy RVera Revenue Guesses Lowered

The Acadiana Fairgrounds Commission presented a budget that anticipates  about half of earlier estimates for projected revenue and one that leaves out paying notes on the $5 million bonded out to pay for the Cajun RVera, the Daily Iberian of New Iberia, La., reported. Although coming down 39% from the original 2014 plan, the $1,579,300 budget still represents an increase in both expenditures and revenues projected for the amended 2014 budget. The bulk of the projected 2015 revenues comes from concessions... Read more

Campground Cafe Gives $12k to Charity

A Nanaimo, British Columbia, campground gave more than $12,000 to four charities recently, the Nanaimo Daily News reported. Each summer Living Forest Cafe at Living Forest Oceanside Campground gives away all its profits to charity. This year's total: $12,452, proceeds from food sales wen to Nanaimo Area Land Trust, ($3,043.88), the Salvation Army (3,320.60), Free the Children ($2,958.01) and Hijos Orphanage, ($3,129.76). Cafe customers "should feel warm inside for helping these deserving... Read more

Campground Offering Halloween Hikes

New this year, from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday (Oct. 30) and Friday, there will be a haunted hike starting in the Spearfish (S.D.) City Campground. The rec center has hosted a haunted house in the past, but this hike provides two options: A “less-spooky,” family-friendly, shorter hike for $2, and a 1.5-mile spooky hike for those who seek the thrill factor from a good scare, the Black Hills Pioneer reported. Chris Harwood, community activities coordinator for Spearfish, said that local students are... Read more

Aging Campground Available For Lease

Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority (SVCA) in Ontario doesn't have the money to continue operating the Saugeen Bluffs campground successfully, so it's looking to lease the facility to a third party by fall 2015, the Shoreline Beacon reported. The campground isn't attracting enough visitors because it doesn't meet their standards, which has made the facility a financial burden, Wayne Brohman, general manager of the SVCA, said. SVCA is "hopeful that somebody who leases it... Read more

Golf, RV Park Developer In Legal Fight

A successful Manitoba developer has been ordered to back off by provincial and federal officials after digging a 1.68-kilometre channel without approvals, a significant part of which is on land he doesn't own, CBC News reported. Gilles Gauthier is the developer and one of several investors in the Granite Hills Golf Club & Estates and campground in the Rural Municipality (RM) of Lac du Bonnet, which boasts a scenic golf course, restaurant, cottages and a recreation park. ​A significant... Read more

Mo. Leaving Showerhouses Open Later

Campers looking to plan another adventure in Missouri State Parks before cooler temperatures set in will be able to enjoy an extended showerhouse season. All state park campgrounds with showerhouses will keep at least one open through Nov. 2. All 40 state parks and historic sites with camping have campsites available year-round, but water and shower are usually only available from April 1 through Oct. 31. Some parks have showerhouses that will remain open beyond Nov. 2.  These include the following... Read more

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