Colo. KOA Evacuated Due To Mudslides, Flooding

A couple walk their dog out of the Durango North/Riverside Kampgrounds of America that was evacuated on Tuesday (July 17). Floods and mudslides that emergency workers feared since rains started to hit the 416 Fire burn scar arrived Tuesday (July 17) afternoon, with significant debris flows across U.S. Highway 550, railroad tracks and East Animas Road (County Road 250), north of Durango, Colo. The flooding was first reported around 5:15 p.m. as a strong rainstorm pelted the area, according to The... Read more

KOA: Canadians Planning More ’18 Camping Trips

More than 6 million new North American households have adopted the camping lifestyle since 2014, with the number of campers who camp three times or more each year – the most avid group of campers – having increased by 64%. This growth, according to the results of the 2018 North American Camping Report, an annual independent study supported by Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA), is an indicator that camping continues to be a strong lifestyle attribute among Canadian households — and there... Read more

Quebec Lifeguard Shortage Impacts Campgrounds

Many operators of campgrounds, public pools and hotels across Quebec are finding themselves forced to cut pool hours short — all because there are not enough lifeguards, according to CBC. “It’s been very difficult, to say the least. We’ve been posting job ads since the beginning of the season and, unfortunately, we haven’t had any applications so far,” said Raphael Gonzalez, manager of the Parkbridge Campground at La Conception Park in the Laurentians. Gonzalez said... Read more

FMCA Opens 98th Convention In Gillette, Wyoming

July 18, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

FMCA Executive Director Chris Smith It’s been five years since the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) congregated on the expansive grounds of the CAM-PLEX Multi-Event Facilities in Gillette, Wyo., for its annual International Convention & Expo. And, as officials engaged in final preparations for a projected 1,550 to 1,600 rigs at the 98th convention from July 18-21, Executive Director Chris Smith reflected on the organization’s upward path during that pivotal period that has resulted... Read more

British Columbia Park Reopens After 2017 Flooding

A bridge across Cache Creek at Brookside Campsite has now been completed, allowing access to the site once more after flooding earlier this year made it inaccessible. It’s been a long time coming, but the Brookside Campsite in British Columbia — which was forced to close on April 24 after flooding washed away two culverts in the creek and rendered the campsites inaccessible — reopened in July, after more than 11 weeks of closure, according to the Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal. Dana Hendricks,... Read more

Colo. Towns Might Help Fund Forest Service Needs

Booth Falls in Colorado’s White River National Forest. Long-term planning for that area has been delayed due to dramatically cut budgets for summer recreation and management. Around the country, parent-teacher groups help schools pay for extras. It may be time for a similar group to help the local U.S. Forest Service pay for essentials, according to the Vail Daily. At the Vail (Colo.) Town Council’s afternoon meeting on Tuesday (July 17) council members heard a presentation — and an... Read more

63-Site, Rain Spirit RV Resort Opens In Verde, Ariz.

Rain Spirit RV Resort features 63 sites. Rain Spirit RV Resort in Clarkdale, Ariz., is now open and offers views of Tuzigoot, the Verde River, Jerome, Sycamore Canyon and the Verde Canyon Railroad Train, according to The Verde Independent. Rain Spirit features 63 sites and wide paved roads. Each site comes with full hookups, including 30/50-amp electric service and nearby private restroom/showers. The air-conditioned recreation room offers a pool table, kitchen, lounge area and fitness room. Guests... Read more

Lake Arrowhead Campers Boosting Local Economy

Right now, it’s peak season for campers at Texas’ Lake Arrowhead State Park, according to KAUZ. During this time of year around 50,000 families visit the area, while also boosting the Wichita Falls economy. The Meinhofers, a Florida family staying at the park, said supporting local businesses where they set up camp is a big part of how they live, but they are not your typical park guest. “Three years on the road since October 2015.  Well, I guess we’re coming up on that.” said... Read more

Glacier Lifts Tent Restrictions, Still Warns Of Bears

Grizzly Bear Restrictions against tents and soft-sided campers have been lifted at Many Glacier Campground in Montana’s Glacier National Park, but park visitors have to be much better at storing their coolers and foods to keep them out of reach of park bears, according to The park had instituted the restrictions June 30 after a grizzly entered the campground and snatched some trout away from campers. The bear, estimated to weigh about 150 pounds, roamed into the campground Friday morning... Read more

SylvanSport CEO Key Organizer Of N.C. Gathering

SylvanSport’s CEO Tom Dempsey (R) moderating a panel discussion with North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper (Center) and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (L). SylvanSport CEO Thomas Dempsey is continuing his advocacy efforts to support the importance of outdoor recreation for the overall vitality of our country and industry. According to a press release, Dempsey worked closely with state officials, other North Carolina outdoor industry members and the North Carolina Outdoor Recreation Industry... Read more

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