Surf & Stream Ready For Summer Campers

The unofficial start to summer kicks off this weekend, and Surf & Stream Campground in Toms River, N.J., announced that it has a full lineup of activities planned to celebrate. Along with the many events taking place around the shore, guests are invited to participate in various attractions at the campground. After settling in today (May 27), visitors can enjoy a film during Drive-In Movie Night beginning at 8 p.m. Young campers can look forward to Kid’s Crafts on Saturday morning at 11 before... Read more

KOA Holiday Weekend Reservations Are Up

Advanced reservations for the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend at the 490 Kampgrounds of America (KOA) locations in North America are up, compared to the same time last year, according to an announcement from KOA. As of Wednesday (May 25) advanced reservations for KOA campgrounds for the Memorial Day Weekend were up about 12%, compared to the same period in 2015. That compares to the 24% overall occupancy bump the 31 Canadian KOAs saw over last weekend's Victoria Day holiday weekend. The total... Read more

Burglar Steals ATM From Va. Campground

In a brazen theft early Thursday morning (May 26), a man wearing a jumpsuit and a hardhat stole an automated teller machine (ATM) from a building at the Kampgrounds of America (KOA) campground in Verona, Va., the News Leader reported Video surveillance provided by the Augusta County Sheriff's Office showed the man dressed in a jumpsuit, gloves, a mask and hardhat. He entered the building after shattering the front door with a sledgehammer.  The man then attached a cable to the ATM , dragged... Read more

GSMNP Plans To Hike Camping Fees 25%

Amidst proposals to increase fees at frontcountry campgrounds and pavilions, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park invites feedback from the public regarding the proposed changes, television station WBIR reported. The current fees have not been increased since 2006, aside from the Cataloochee Campground, which saw increased fees after it was added to the reservation system in 2011. Managers are now proposing the fees be increased 25% to meet rising costs of operations, reduce maintenance requirements... Read more

Delaware Camping Booked For Weekend

If you’re thinking of camping or getting a cabin or cottage at one of Delaware’s state parks this weekend, officials say you can forget about it, the Associated Press reported. State parks officials say every campsite, cabin and cottage statewide has been booked solid for the holiday weekend. On the other hand, campers can go online now to make reservations for other popular holidays, including July 4, Labor Day and Halloween weekends, before bookings for those times are full. Meanwhile, officials... Read more

RV Rental Market Sees Additional Growth

Heading into the summer of 2016, the market for RV rentals appears solid, with a majority of dealerships that rent RVs reporting rising revenues as well as plans to expand their fleets, in addition to longer term rental contracts, the Recreation Vehicle Rental Association (RVRA) reported. In terms of revenue, fleet size, and length of contracts, things are looking up for the RV rental business according to a recent survey conducted by RVRA to gauge profitability and trends in the RV rental market. “This... Read more

Utah Campground Closing Through June

Snow Canyon State Park near Ivins, Utah, will begin a campground repaving project Tuesday (May 31) with an expected completion date of June 30, the St. George News reported. The project will consist of resurfacing the campground road system and expanding the electric power infrastructure.  The entire campground and associated restroom facilities will be closed during this period, a press release regarding the closure said. Park Manager Kristen Comella said the purpose of the project is threefold:  The... Read more

S.D. County OKs Plans For Campground

Broken Spoke LLC's plat for a new campground was approved by the Meade County (S.D.) Commission Wednesday (May 25), clearing another hurdle for a new Full Throttle Saloon along Highway 79 near Bear Butte, television station KEVN reported. Two citizens spoke against the motion due to environmental and spiritual reasons. The campground would be located near Bear Butte where some locals fear it may interfere with spiritual traditions. The plat for the campground is approved for 50 acres out of... Read more

Texas Town Creates Rules For RV Parks

The Smithville (Texas) City Council amended its ordinances recently to allow for the creation of an RV park in the city, the Austin American=Statesman reported. Council members made the change at the May 16 city council meeting to include a section regulating RV parks after being approached by a developer who wants to establish one in the city limits. City Manager Robert Tamble said that he, along with the planning and zoning commission and City Attorney Charlie Crossfield, reviewed ordinances of... Read more

Holiday Grand Canyon Crowds Expected

Grand Canyon visitors can expect long lines, big crowds and full parking lots this Memorial Day weekend, radio station KTAR reported. Last year, the Grand Canyon’s visitation was at an all-time high and is expected to grow even more this year. Park staff members suggested visitors arrive before 9 a.m. in order to avoid peak hours between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Staff members also recommend visitors take advantage of the free shuttle service through the Grand Canyon Visitor Center. Larger vehicles... Read more

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