Ky. Campground Holding Its Second ORV Race

Harlan County Campground, a privately owned campground located in Putney, Ky., will host the second annual Bouncers vs Buggies event beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday (Aug. 27), the Harlan Daily Enterprise reported. The event will be a King-of-the-Hill, winner-take-all race in which the machine with the fastest time up the hill will take home a bounty of $3,000. The contest is open to larger off-road machines such as side by sides, rail buggies, and four-wheel-drive buggies/trucks. Last year’s... Read more

Provincial Park Campground Already Reopened

It didn't take long for Bear Creek provincial Park campground near Kelowna, British Columbia, to reopen, reported According to officials, parks crews worked feverishly to get the campground ready to welcome back guests. Heavy winds prior to the start of the Bear Creek wildfire Sunday evening (Aug. 21) knocked down numerous trees within the campground. Many more came down after the campground was evacuated. The entire 122-site campground reopened Wednesday at 3 p.m. Officials said... Read more

Heavy Rains Close Four Campgrounds In Iowa

Recent rains in northeast Iowa led to flooding in the Yellow River State Forest area and all four forest campgrounds are closed for the weekend, the Muscatine Journal reported. “Big Paint, Little Paint, Creekside and Frontier will be closed through at least this weekend,” says Scot Michelson, Iowa Department of Natural Resources State Park district supervisor. “We need to get things cleaned up and dried out before we can open them back up. The grounds are currently completely saturated and... Read more

Downtown Organization Seeks A Campground

The Faribault (Minn.) Park and Recreation Committee Wednesday (Aug. 24) discussed a Faribault Main Street idea that looked at the possibility of a campground at Teepee Tonka Park, the Faribault Daily News reported. The campground would ideally serve as a link between River Bend Nature Center and Faribault’s downtown by having an inexpensive place for visitors to stay close to downtown restaurants and businesses. While the Main Street organization is currently working on figuring out the best... Read more

Graffiti Cleanup Closes California Campground

River Road gate will remain closed due to extensive vandalism at Hidden Falls Campground and the Wishon Fork of the Tule River where bathrooms, bear lockers, boulders, rock outcroppings, and about 1,000 feet of the river bank was tagged over by a local gang, the Porterville (Calif.) Recorder reported. Jim Kral, the manager at Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest (MHDSF), which is operated by CalFire, believes the incident occurred at around 5 p.m. on Aug. 14 and around 5 p.m. on Aug. 15, and... Read more

Tenn. Planners OK Campground's Expansion

A proposed 15-site addition to the campground at Cove Ridge Marina on Watauga Lake near Butler, Tenn., received site plan approval Tuesday (Aug. 23), the Johnson City Press reported. Planning Director Chris Schuettler said the proposed campground expansion on Watauga Lake is an existing nonconforming site and the expansion meets the current campground regulations of the county. The additional campground spaces are in an open area between the two sections of the existing campground. Shuettler said... Read more

City Tightening Rules For Agritourism RV Parks

The Kelowna (British Columbia) City Council voted to amend the bylaw that governs agritourism accommodations, Global News reported. In the past, farmers who wanted to build RV parks on their properties could simply apply to have their properties rezoned. Now agritourism accommodation has been removed as an outright use of farm land. Farmers can still apply, but applications will be looked at on a case-by-case basis.  The city will also have more power to determine where the parks can be built on... Read more

Fire Has Six Campgrounds Closed Indefinitely

Fire managers near Lowman, Idaho, said  campsites in the area are not safe enough to camp in with the Pioneer Fire burning nearby, television station KBOI reported. Kim Drake, the fire information officer, said, "There's a lot of rolling debris, trees that could potentially come into the highway so we're patrolling it and monitoring it." Six campgrounds have been closed in total. No one is sure when they will be reopened, but it's likely that the biggest campground, Pine... Read more

Campground Fingers From Fireworks Accident

DNA testing has helped the East Grand Forks (Minn.) Police Department determine whose fingers were found at the Red River state recreational area back in May, reported. Police said a young person walking through the campground on May 26 found the severed fingers and reported it to police. DNA testing was done by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension forensic science lab. The results indicate that the fingers match DNA taken from a 23-year-old man. The man was involved in... Read more

How Campgrounds Can Leverage Pokemon Go

The following is from Campground Automation Systems, the Tennessee company behind the Sunrise campground-software suite. Pokémon Go is drawing many ambitious trainers/users to journey through all sorts of locations in order to "catch 'em all". The rate at which Pokémon Go is increasing in daily active users is revolutionary as it tops the number of daily users on Twitter (according to app store intelligence firm SensorTower). Pokémon Go also tops the average time spent on the Facebook... Read more

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