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Proposed Colo. RV Park Gets Planning Approval

The San Juan County (Colo.) Planning Commission recommended approval of a 190-unit RV Park near Purgatory Resort, with a condition the developer work with the Durango Nordic Center to help preserve terrain, the Durango Herald reported. According to San Juan County administrator Willy Tookey, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to send a recommendation of approval to San Juan County commissioners, who will make a final decision April 13. The Hearthside Luxury Motorcoach Resort calls for a 190-site,... Read more

W. Va. State Parks Turn Shelters Into Group Sites

When life gave lemons to three West Virginia state parks, parks officials found a way to make lemonade, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported. The lemons were some seldom-used picnic shelters. The lemonade they made from them are unique group-camping sites. The sites, located at Beech Fork State Park in Wayne County, Babcock State Park in Fayette County and Cabwaylingo State Forest in Wayne County, weren’t attracting picnickers and party-throwers, so park supervisors decided to find another use... Read more

Developer Proposes New Montana RV Park, Cabins

Plans to build a large RV park with rental cabins on a tract of land in West Glacier, Mont., are moving forward even as park officials and residents raise concerns about potential impacts to the quaint village community fringing Glacier National Park, which already bustles with tourists and traffic during the summer months, the Flathead Beacon reported. Glacier Park Inc. (GPI) is seeking to build a campground with 25 rentals cabins and 102 recreational vehicle spaces on a 178-acre forested tract... Read more

Earliest Recorded Minn. Tornado Hit Campground

A tornado that hit a southern Minnesota campground this month was the earliest twister on record in Minnesota, according to the National Weather Service. The Associated Press reported that the agency recently conducted a survey that confirmed a tornado that tore through the Pihls Park campground northeast of Bricelyn touched down a few minutes after 5 p.m. on March 6. The weather service initially said the record was set by a tornado the same day near Clark’s Grove, but that twister hit about... Read more

Austin, Texas, Shuts Down Unpermitted RV Park

Tenants in a North Austin RV park said they got only 24 hours to get out of Rubio’s after the city cracked down on the unpermitted park, television station KXAN reported. Property manager Jaime Paxton said she and partner Kenneth Rubio did not know RVs were not allowed on the property. They were just trying to help people out, she said. “Originally he had it for venues and for flea markets and stuff like that, and then he decided he was going to try to help some people that were coming... Read more

Michigan Campground’s New Owner Passionate

Linda Kraak just sold Baldwin Oaks Campground in Hudsonville, Mich., to Don Bazon of Holland, MLive.com reported. Speculation about the future of the campground surrounded the approval of a small residential housing development adjacent to the campground on the west. Bazon said he is not securing any additional property, and that the campground will continue to operate. He plans to add a few more units and an indoor recreation area and bring back the Sunday morning worship service. “I’m... Read more

Ariz. Park Owners Betting On Growth In Williams

For more than a century, the tiny town of Williams, Ariz., has always been a popular overnight stop for tourists, given its proximity to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Williams is also home of the historic Grand Canyon Railroad, which first started taking tourists to visit the South Rim in 1901, including such notable passengers as Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir, according to the Arizona Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds. But Williams has seen even more tourism with the opening of Bearizona,... Read more

Ga. County’s Closing Campground For A Year

The campground section of Factory Shoals Recreation Park will remain closed following a decision by the Newton County (Ga.) Board of Commissioners Tuesday night (March 21), the Citizens reported. County Manager Lloyd Kerr requested the change. Kerr told commissioners that the retirement of long-time park ranger Mike Beyer, who lived in a house on the park grounds, precipitated the request to close the campground section. Factory Shoals Recreation Park, located in southern Newton County, is bisected... Read more

Hydroelectric Work To Shut Ore. Campgrounds

The Eugene (Ore.) Water & Electric Board (EWEB) will launch a project to retrofit, refurbish and upgrade equipment at its Carmen-Smith Hydroelectric facility along the upper McKenzie River, beginning Monday (March 27), television station KVAL reported. The hydroelectric facility is about 70 miles east of Eugene. During the project, EWEB will close public access to Trail Bridge and Lakes End campgrounds, the Trail Bridge Reservoir. EWEB says the closures are necessary because it is not possible... Read more

New Campsites Part Of Overhaul At BC Parks

The British Columbia government is rolling out the next phase of its campground expansion plan, to meet a target of 1,900 spaces over five years set by Premier Christy Clark last November. Increased tourism and demand on BC Parks’ online reservation system have also led to booking changes for provincial parks that are booked up during popular periods. Bookings opened in January this year, eliminating the mid-March “opening day” that resulted in over-bookings and cancellations... Read more

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