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Jellystone Parks Year-To-Date Revenues Up 15.5 %

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts, the nation’s second largest franchise campground network, said its second quarter revenue was up 11.9% in a press release, while year-to-date revenue jumped 15.5%, compared to 2017 figures. “These increases are important because they show significant growth over our 2017 figures, which set previous company records,” said Kelly Jones, vice president of operations for Leisure Systems, Inc., which franchises Jellystone Parks across North America.... Read more

Florida’s Red Tide Impacts Campgrounds, Tourism

August 16, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

A dead snook lies along the shoreline in Bradenton Beach, Fla. Beach (Photo by Chris O’Meara) Southern Florida’s “red tide,” a naturally occurring problem caused by the bloom of toxic algae, is impacting RV parks and campgrounds as thousands of dead fish continue to washup on local beaches. Red Tide can cause illnesses, such as respiratory problems and skin conditions, and the smell of dead fish is forcing many in the area to wear breathing masks, according to local park owners. At the San... Read more

Accuweather: Fire Season’s Worst May Be Coming

A couple of very tough months are ahead for the wildfire season and firefighting efforts in the Western United States, especially California, according to accuweather.com. Approximately 110 large wildfires are burning across the U.S., and most of these fires are burning in the West, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. Countless acres of brush, which growth was spurred on by winter and spring moisture, have had all summer to dry out. Extreme heat, dryness, blazing sunshine and accidental... Read more

Breathing ‘A Chore’ As Smoke Spreading In Calif.

Smoke plumes tower over California in this picture from NASA. Debbie Dobrosky noticed a peculiar hue in the sky on Monday (Aug. 13) — “a very ugly yellow casting” — as she peeked outside. A large cloud of smoke had begun to cover the sun, according to The Sacramento Bee. By Tuesday, the smoke was so heavy that “even inside my apartment I’ve had to use my inhaler twice this morning, which is not a normal thing,” said Dobrosky, a Riverside County, Calif., resident who lives about 30 miles... Read more

Jellystone Site Opens Waterpark, Nathan’s Hot Dog

Bill and Kay Pott The Mammoth Cave Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Cave City, Ky., celebrates two major milestones today (Aug. 13) with the grand opening of Karst Beach, a 2.3-acre pond and splash beach with a floating water sports park, as well as the opening of its very own Nathan’s Famous hot dog franchise, according to a press release. “These new attractions are going to provide a big boost in tourism revenue not only for us, but for the Commonweath of Kentucky,” said Bill... Read more

Calif. Owners Battle Smoke, Fires Are Still Burning

Mendocino Complex fire has burned thousands of acres. (Photo by InciWeb) With more than a dozen active wildfires spread throughout the entire state, California campground owners are dealing with billowing smoke and the ominous threat in some cases that life-threatening flames might turn their way. Through Aug. 5, officials from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) said that the state has dealt with 3,981 fires, which have burned more than 600,000 acres. It surpasses... Read more

Zinke: Wildfires Preventable With Better Forest Mgt.

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke Editor’s Note: This column was written by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and appeared in U.S. Today.  The flames of the Ferguson Fire in California have become the latest symbols of a seemingly perennial challenge of fighting fires in the West. I just returned from the Ferguson Fire camp, where I met with firefighters who are working to combat the fire as it bears down on Yosemite National Park and its visitors, workers and nearby residents. President... Read more

Column: Reserving National Park Sites To Get Easier

Editor’s Note: This column was written by Marc Peruzzi and appeared in Outside. It’s Friday, and your weather app is all blue sky and sunshine icons. You shout: “Let’s go car camping, kids!” But where? You pull up the website for a nearby state park. The page is gray, seemingly designed by Czech bureaucrats. It doesn’t say much about options for hiking, swimming, or fishing, so you open 17 more browser tabs, researching like somebody from the Adderall generation. You finally settle... Read more

Zinke Continues to Push Park Infrastructure Funding

On a bright morning at Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke gathered with park officials at the construction site of a water pipeline that will feed into the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center upon completion, according to the Coloradoan. “This is one of the many examples of infrastructure that people just don’t think about when they go through the front gate,” Zinke said. Zinke and his administration hope to bring awareness... Read more

It Is All In The Family At W. Va.’s ‘Double G RV Park’

The current Double G family. From left are Gesse Glotfelty, holding his daughter, Molleigh Gail Glotfelty; Emmitt Lipscomb; Warren Glotfelty; Addie Glotfelty; Bowden Warnick; Chelsie Warnick; and Danielle Glotfelty. Along Mosser Road in McHenry, W. Va., a field of bright sunflowers captures the attention of anyone who passes by, according to The Garrett County Republican. The artistic beauty is one of the iconic scenes that represents Garrett County summertime at its best. The crop is rooted in... Read more

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