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MARVAC Reports RV Sales, Shows Up for ’18

The Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) experienced a tremendous 2018 with increases in RV sales, RV and camping show attendance and membership recruitment.  According to a press release, Michigan RV sales reached 16,501 in August, the most recent month tally available. Sales of towables in Michigan were up 6.6% over August 2017 with motorized sales being slightly down with 1,337 sold. This year also saw record-breaking attendance at the six RV and camping shows... Read more

Calif. County Approves Camping for Evacuees

Tehama County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance to allow temporary camping at two Tehama County parks: Mill Creek Park and Tehama County River Park for Camp Fire evacuees. The ordinance, which required at least four votes to approve, was presented by Administrative Services Director Julie Sisneros in response to California’s Camp Fire in Butte County. The fire destroyed most of the town of Paradise and caused evacuations there and in neighboring communities, reported the... Read more

REI Champions #OptOutside on ‘Black Friday’

On Nov. 22, Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving, giving thanks for many positive things in their lives. It makes good sense that the next day should be a continuation of giving thanks, this time to the outdoors around us and the benefits it brings, turning Black Friday green. The East Bay Times reported that REI got the movement going in 2015, closing its stores and catalog sales and giving employees paid time off to participate in #OptOutside, posting their adventures for all to share. California’s... Read more

Settlement Reached In Negative Review Case

The owners of a Dixon, Ill.-area private campground have settled a libel lawsuit against a West Dundee couple over disparaging social media comments after a July dispute, according to The Daily Herald. Ronald and Judith Lang sued Veronica Flegenheimer and Johnny Morales for more than $50,000 in damages, arguing the couple made false and malicious statements about the campground, which is made up of four privately-owned islands on the Rock River. The West Dundee couple were canoeing along the river,... Read more

San Francisco Offering ‘Escape’ at Area Parks

Candlestick’s Sunrise Point Campground is a surprisingly beautiful place to rest your head. Editor’s Note: This column was written by Nuala Sawyer for the SF Weekly. It may come as a surprise that in our seven-by-seven-mile city there are not one but two campgrounds. There’s Rob Hill in the Presidio, frequented by entire classes of schoolchildren, where the permanently reserved campsites come in at a laughably-expensive $125 a night. And there is Candlestick Point’s Sunrise Point... Read more

Yosemite Resort Plans $25 Million Investment

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, an award-winning resort just outside the south gate entrance to California’s Yosemite National Park, is making a $25 million investment to expand the variety of lodging and enhance dining and recreation options for visitors exploring the Yosemite-Sierra region. According to a press release, the centerpiece of the property enhancements is a new, upscale cabin development, the Explorer Cabins at Tenaya Lodge. Also on tap are a modernized restaurant experience, upgrades... Read more

Ore. State Park to Again Host ‘Holiday Lights’

Oregon’s classic coastal garden will light up for the 32nd annual Holiday Lights at Shore Acres State Park, which kicks off Thanksgiving Day and runs nightly 4-9:30 p.m. through New Year’s Eve. The World reported that the event has become a must-see for both local residents and out-of-towners since its 1987 inception. The display has grown from a few strings of lights to include “light sculptures” of pelicans, puffins, jellyfish, a life-size leaping orca whale, butterflies, sea lions,... Read more

Alabama Oyster Bar is Adding 30-Site RV Park

Lewis Mashburn prepared for another day at the Capitol Oyster Bar in Montgomery, Ala., oysters ready to be cracked open and ready to welcome the lunch time crowd. But, according to WSFA TV, Mashburn is also busy these days laying the ground work for an expansion on five acres near the diner. “We got enough space there for about 30 RV patrons to join us,” Mashburn said. Mashburn anticipates work to begin in the first quarter of 2019 with RVers making themselves at home by late spring or early... Read more

Smoky Mountains Park Plans Stargazing Party

A stargazing party is planned for Saturday (Nov. 17) night in Cades Cove at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, according to a report by National Parks Traveler. “National park areas often offer a wonderful opportunity to stargaze,” said Superintendent Cassius Cash. “Parks across the country monitor and manage for natural night sky conditions in much the same way as we do to protect our air and water. Visitors are often amazed at the number of stars that can be seen simply by entering into... Read more

Minn. National Park Now Taking Reservations

Reservations for tent camping at Voyageurs National Park next year can now be made. Overnight tent camping reservations for the 2019 season at Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota opened on Thursday (Nov. 15) at 9 a.m. (CST), according to a press release. Reservations can be made at www.recreation.gov. However, due to the large volume of facilities being serviced by recreation.gov, houseboat reservations in Voyageurs will not go live until April. Park staff encourage visitors who wish to camp in... Read more

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