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WCM Feature: Lake Rudolph Always Improving

April 25, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Lake Rudolph is installing 20 new “holiday” cottages in 2018. Improvements at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort in Santa Claus, Ind., continue as the park, owned by Southfield, Mich.-based Sun Communities Inc., prepares for its opening day on May 1. The resort is putting the finishing touches on 20 new “holiday” cottages and 20 new deluxe RV pull-through sites that will feature concrete pads and patios. David Lovell, divisional marketing manager for Sun Communities,... Read more

O’Rourke: Go RVing Impacts Camping Arena

Toby O’Rourke The campground business is growing and it’s being bouyed by a variety of factors beyond record RV sales, according to Toby O’Rourke, president of Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA). Speaking to a packed crowd on day two of the annual Spring Meeting of the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO), O’Rourke said the RV industry is seeing its highest shipment levels in 40 years and that shipments of towable and motorized units this year are expected to surpass last year’s... Read more

Ohio Campground Set To Open As Jellystone

Pamela and Todd McCreary Pamela and Todd McCreary are set to open the former Country Stage Campground in Ashland County, Ohio, as a Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort on April 27. According to a press release, the 150-site campground will be rebranded the Cleveland Sandusky Jellystone Park. A grand opening ceremony with Yogi Bear, Cindy Bear and Boo Boo will also take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 28, with speeches by Ashland Mayor Matt Miller and Amy Daubenspeck, executive director... Read more

Legislative Updates Focus Of TACO Meeting

April 23, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Representative Matt Krause (left), who serves on the Texas legislative committees for culture, recreation and tourism as well as land and resource management, provides government affairs updates during TACO’s Spring Meeting in response to questions posed by Ron Hinkle, TACO’s legislative consultant. Rep. Matt Krause, R-Texas, listened to the concerns of campground owners and industry officials Sunday (April 22) about rocketing property taxes, early school start dates and the harmful reduction... Read more

Rural Areas See Growth Due To Outdoor Rec

Dan McAllister climbs a hill in Lone Pine State Park in Montana. McAllister is one of many who have moved to Flathead County, Mont., recently to take advantage of year-round recreational opportunities. Editor’s Note: This article appeared on The Pew Charitable Trust’s website and was written by Jen Fifield.  It’s a Monday evening and Dan McAllister is charging up a mountain in Lone Pine State Park under a canopy of Douglas fir. He keeps his head down and his bike tires whizzing until... Read more

OIA Report Details U.S. Outdoor Rec Economy

The Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) has released congressional-level Outdoor Recreation Economy reports for all 435 congressional districts. According to a press release, the reports are the first of their kind that capture the power of a vast multi-billion dollar economic engine in our local communities and across the nation. From Alabama’s 1st Congressional District to Wyoming’s At-large District, these reports show that from rural towns to the most densely populated cities, outdoor recreation... Read more

WCM Preview: Dog Parks Grow In Popularity

April 18, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

More and more campers are bringing along their pets when they camp. As the camping arena begins to see a rise in interest from people that come from all walks of life, campground owners are reporting that more and more campers are bringing along their furry family members. The 2018 Kampgrounds of America (KOA) North American Camping Report highlights this trend, stating that 20% of campers in 2017 considered whether a campground allowed pets or had a pet area as a top five consideration in selecting... Read more

Structures Destroyed After Campground Fire

Firefighters douse flames at the Lazy River Campground in Epsom, N.H., Monday (April 16) morning. Ken Smith watched helplessly Monday (April 16) morning in the freezing rain as flames engulfed his home and barn. The two structures stood at the entrance to the 48-acre Lazy River Campground on Goboro Road in Epsom, N.H., where the barn served as the recreation center, according to the Concord Monitor. “May 15 will be 21 years,” he said, sitting in a gray sedan to get out of the rain as firefighters... Read more

Study: Prepare For Battery Of Storms In 2018

While images of destruction caused by last year’s battery of hurricanes are still fresh in the minds of many Americans, including those living on Puerto Rico where after six months power is not fully restored, forecasters are cautioning the public to brace themselves for another busy hurricane season, according to NPR. Researchers at Colorado State University predict this will be a slightly above-average season, with 14 tropical storms in 2018. Seven are expected to become hurricanes, which... Read more

KOA Study: Tech Can Distract While Camping

April 13, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Campground owners need to be willing to embrace technology at their campgrounds, but how campers use that technology while camping may be shifting, according to the 2018 North American Camping Report, which was commissioned by Billings, Mont.-based Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA). The report indicates that 93% of campers bring some form of mobile device with them on camping trips, while one-fourth of all campers “say it is important to them to share their experiences on social media.” Wi-Fi... Read more

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