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Labor Day Camping Strong in Alberta

The Labor Day long weekend has come and gone, and with it, one of the last major camping weekends of the season, the Medicine Hat (Alberta) News reported. Campgrounds in the city and region were busy over the weekend, as families took advantage of the warm weather before fall starts to settle in. Golden Sheaf Park also reported having a busy campground for the long weekend, in part due to the park’s annual fall festival heldon Saturday, featuring entertainment all day, children’s activities and... Read more

Wis. Campgrounds Finish With Bang

Labor Day weekend is the unofficial end to summer for many people. For some that means one final weekend to camp out before school starts, television station WLUK reported. A check of some area campgrounds in northeast Wisconsin found many campsites ran out of room for the weekend. Not even the small puddles of water and occasional rain are keeping campers from enjoying the unofficial last weekend of summer. The Abitz family of North Fond du Lac has spent almost every weekend at Apple Creek Campground. “All... Read more

Labor Day Stayed Busy Despite Rain

Campers in Champion, Mich., took advantage of their last opportunity to enjoy the outdoors before the school year begins, television station WLUC reported. Even with rain most of the weekend, Michigamme Shores Campground was nearly full for the holiday. Campground owners said that this year was no different than most Labor Day weekends despite the weather. Only a handful of sites were empty. Campers were even out swimming and boating when the weather cleared up on Sunday. "We were all sweating... Read more

N.Y. Shuts State Campgrounds Early

Friday (Aug. 29) was not a good day for Norm St. Pierre. That’s when the owner of Norm’s Bait & Tackle on Bridge Street learned the nearby Crown Point (N.Y.) Campground was closing six weeks earlier than usual, on Labor Day, Denton Publications of Elizabethtown reported. “It’s like a slap in the face,” he said. St. Pierre said business from the fall fishing and foliage-peepers who stay at the facility during those six weeks help get him and other merchants through the winter. “We... Read more

LSI Teams Up With TripAdvisor.com

More than half of the parks in the Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resort franchise, managed by Leisure Systems Inc. (LSI), are now listed on TripAdvisor.com In all, 45 parks out of the 80-plus in the Jellystone network have business listings on the online travel-rating service as TripAdvisor expands its presence in the outdoor hospitality market, according to a written announcement from LSI. “We think this is the right move for us as we continue to expand our online marketing capabilities,”said... Read more

Storms Injured Two At Campground

Cleanup continued this morning (Sept. 2)  in northern Newton County, Mo., following storms that blew through late Monday night and early today, the Joplin Globe reported. Gary Roark, emergency management director for Newton County, said there were two minor injuries at Rivers Bend Campground along Shoal Creek at 4041 Route NN. Some camping trailers also were blown over by high winds at the camp site. For the original story, click here.  Read More →

Camping Finishes Strong In New York

For most campgrounds, in New York, including Conesus Lake Campground in Livingston County, Labor Day weekend is the unofficial end of camping season, Time Warner Cable News reported. Campground owner Don Bennett Jr. said every year for the past five years, he’s seen an increase of about 10% in business. “We’ve noticed a big upturn in tent camping again where that had gone away for a little while," said Bennett. "I really believe that with the economy the way it is, people are looking... Read more

Storms Hit Iowa Campground Hard

One of the hardest hit areas during Sunday's (Aug. 31) powerful storms was Denison, Iowa, television station KETV reported. Several trailers were knocked over near the Yellow Smoke Campground and water over roadways made it difficult to get in and out of town. There were no injuries reported at the campground, but there were plenty of downed tree limbs and five campers flipped over. "I couldn't believe it," said Jennifer Devault, of Underwood. "But thankfully, my kids and... Read more

Survey Looks At American Road Trips

Who can forget the Griswolds' famous cross-country station wagon trip in “National Lampoon’s Vacation?” While the 31-year-old movie was made long before the days of in-car movies, and the only “portable electronics” available were cumbersome cassette players people carried around, it seems that – interestingly enough – some things have stayed the same. The Auto Alliance’s latest Auto Index consumer survey found Americans still mostly pass the time on long road trips by looking... Read more

CONY Details 51st Annual Expo Plans

Campground Owners of New York (CONY) announced it will hold its 51st Annual Exposition for the Outdoor Hospitality Industry at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, N.Y., Nov. 6-8. Current CONY members, prospective CONY members, prospective campground operators, industry suppliers, and industry colleagues are welcome to attend this event. CONY holds this annual exposition as part of its mission to be an association dedicated to the promotion, growth, improvement, and development of privately owned... Read more

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