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Campground in Plans for New N.C. State Park?

September 9, 2013 by · Comments Off on Campground in Plans for New N.C. State Park? 

Locator map for new Carvers Creek State Park in North Carolina. Map courtesy of the News & Observer

A new North Carolina state park will open today (Sept. 9) near Fort Bragg, giving people a chance to hike and fish on land once owned by the Rockefeller family.

Carvers Creek State Park covers 4,332 acres in two noncontiguous tracts north of Spring Lake. The smaller of the two – the 1,420-acre Long Valley Farm on the Cumberland-Harnett county line – opens with temporary facilities, the Raleigh News & Observer reported.

Long Valley Farm belonged to James Stillman Rockefeller, a grandnephew of Standard Oil founder John D. Rockefeller and a New York banker. He acquired the property in 1937 and lived there year-round while serving in the Airborne Command at nearby Fort Bragg during World War II.

When Rockefeller died in 2004, at 102, he left the farm to The Nature Conservancy, which eventually transferred the property to the state parks system and helped acquire other land for the park.

Rockefeller’s home, built in 1939, is on the National Register of Historic Places and overlooks a 100-acre lake with a cedar swamp at one end. There also are stands of longleaf pine and endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers, fox squirrels and carnivorous pitcher plants.

“It’s really a mixture of Southeast North Carolina country estate and some very pristine land,” said Charlie Peek, spokesman for the Division of Parks and Recreation. “Some of the land was in agriculture use going back to the early 1800s, and some of it has never been touched.”

James Stillman Rockefeller won an Olympic rowing title for the United States in the 1924 Olympics and a subsequent honor on the cover of TIME magazine. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Peek said there is no timetable for developing and opening the larger of the two parcels that will make up the park. The 2,912-acre Sandhills area off Johnson Farm Road eventually will be the site of a visitors center and a campground, though much of the property will be preserved in its natural state.

The park’s master plan also envisions another section on the Cape Fear River, but there are no firm plans for acquiring that property. Peek said the state plans to work with the city of Fayetteville to connect the sections of the park with trails.

“We’re hoping to work real closely with them to have a kind of unified recreation corridor over there,” he said.

Carvers Creek is North Carolina’s 36th state park and the eighth to open since 2001.

 

 

 

Yurts Expanded Opportunities at N.Y. State Park

September 6, 2013 by · Comments Off on Yurts Expanded Opportunities at N.Y. State Park 

One of the new yurts now available at Four Mile Creek State Park in western New York. Photo from the park’s website.

The yurts are coming to Four Mile Creek State Park near Youngstown, N.Y.

The domed-roof structures, with windows, wood floors and fabric walls, similar to those used traditionally by nomads in Central Asia, are being installed for use by campers, the Buffalo News reported.

Outfitted with six cots and mattresses, a refrigerator and a microwave oven, they will be introduced at open house sessions from 5 to 7 p.m. today (Sept. 6) and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The yurts will be for rent beginning Monday at www.nysparks.com. Rates are $310 per week or $77.50 per day. Yurts at Evangola State Park in the town of Evans and Golden Hill State Park in Barker will be available next season.

“Not everyone has all the equipment to enjoy tent camping or may not want to travel with that much gear, but they still are seeking a rustic experience,” says Rose Harvey, state parks, recreation and historic preservation commissioner. “Yurts are a great way for people to have that option.”

 

Current Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds

September 3, 2013 by · Comments Off on Current Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds 

The Cozy Pond Camping Resort near Webster, N.H., seeks to add additional sites. Map courtesy of the Concord Monitor

NEW HAMPSHIRE

From the Concord Monitor:

For the third year in a row, the owners of the Cozy Pond Camping Resort in Webster plan to expand.

Joe DiPrima, one of the owners, will go before the Webster zoning board Sept. 10 to seek and exception that will allow 14 new RV campsites. The 78-acre property currently has 93 campsites with 87 for Rvs and six for tents. That’s up from 69 campsites in 2011, DePrima’s first year operating the campground.

Click here to read the entire story.

WYOMING

From County10.com, Lander:

The Horse Creek Campground near Dubois was evacuated on Friday (Aug. 30) due to the Burrough Fire, which was discovered Friday morning by a Forest Service employee on their way to their worksite. The fire was burning on a ridge above Burroughs Creek 12 miles north of Dubois. The fire is believed to have started from a lightning strike from the night before.

VIRGINIA

From the Roanoke Star:

Explore Park in Roanoke County, the future of which has been in doubt since the living history attraction there closed some years ago, looks much brighter these days. Once proposed to be the site of a major destination attraction – a proposal pitched by a Florida developer – it now appears as if it will become a county park geared towards passive recreation.

There could be cabins, campgrounds, RV parks, zip lines etc. built on the 1,100-acre site, which has been operated on a shoestring by the Virginia Recreational Facilities Authority since Roanoke County ceased running the state-owned historical park. Roanoke County officials and the VRFA made that announcement recently at Explore Park, with the county planning to enter in to a 99-year, $1.00 per year lease agreement with the authority.

Operations for the park will be folded in to the Parks & Recreation Department budget.

Pete Eshelman, the director of outdoor branding for the Regional Partnership and the major force behind the roanokeoutside.com website, likes the “synergy behind [the plan]. Hopefully we’ll see the rebirth of Explore Park. It’s a tremendous outdoor asset.” Getting more people off the adjacent Blue Ridge Parkway, to give them a sense of what the valley has to offer recreation-wise, is a big plus according to Eshelman.

See more at: http://theroanokestar.com/2013/09/02/roanoke-countys-newest-park-will-take-shape-at-explore-park/#sthash.K9qADlv8.dpuf.

SOUTH CAROLINA

From The Associated Press:

The South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism is issuing the first guide to the state’s 47 state parks that has been published in 10 years.

Department director Duane Parrish says the new guide is going to be available Tuesday at key locations across the state. It is also available online for $2 with shipping and handling at http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/.

The guide comes with a $2 discount coupon for admission to a state park.

Guides are also available at the State House in Columbia and at retail and visitor’s centers at state parks.

The guide was made possible by donations from supporting contributions from Fuji Film Manufacturing USA in Greenwood, and BMW Manufacturing Co. in Greer.

CALIFORNIA

From the Daily Press, Victorville:

The two campgrounds in the Mojave National Preserve were temporarily closed due to last weekend’s flash floods, but visitors to the area with high-clearance vehicles are free to camp roadside.

Black Canyon Road, the major access route to Mid Hills and Hole-in-the-Wall campgrounds, remains closed for its entire length, including both paved and dirt sections, according to a National Park Service news release.

Most other park roads, however, are now open following grades and repairs, park officials said.

While the two campgrounds are currently inaccessible to most traffic, park officials say visitors with appropriate vehicles should feel free to explore roadside campsites.

Roadside camping is allowed in areas that have been traditionally used for that purpose, according to the news release.

There are no picnic tables or toilets at these campsites and visitors must practice Leave No Trace camping methods, which includes packing out all trash and burying human waste, the news release states.

The campsites are located along dirt roads, so only those visitors who have high-clearance vehicles should consider this option.

“The monsoonal moisture that brought rains last weekend continues to influence local weather patterns,” the news release states. “Visitors should be aware of approaching storms and act accordingly.”

“Rangers advise campers not to set up in dry stream beds, as rain waters can turn them into gushing torrents. Additionally, motorists are advised not to cross flood waters on roadways.

 

Latest Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds

August 30, 2013 by · Comments Off on Latest Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds 

Marcus Lemonis in a promo for CNC’s ‘The Profit,’ which appears Tuesday nights on CNBC.

NEW YORK

From Broadway World:

On the Sept. 3 episode of CNBC’s “The Profit,” Marcus Lemonis travels to Keyport, N.J., to visit “Mr. Green Tea,” a family-run specialty ice cream company being torn apart by two competing visions.

Rich Emanuele is the second generation owner who makes great ice cream and keeps tight tabs on the budget. His son Michael has big ideas and wants to invest heavily and expand quickly. Can serial entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis take “Mr. Green Tea” to the next level or will this bickering father-and-son undermine their shot at big time profits?

Read more about Scoop: THE PROFIT on CNBC at www.broadwayworld.com.

NEW MEXICO

From The Associated Press:

A state agency proposes to improve a park along the blue-ribbon trout fishing water of the San Juan River in northwestern New Mexico.

The State Parks Division has scheduled a public meeting on Sept. 4 in Farmington on a draft park management plan for the river portion of Navajo Lake State Park.

The agency’s plan includes a new campground to accommodate larger recreational vehicles, paving a heavily used boat ramp in an area known as the Crusher Hole, and establishing a campground in an undeveloped section of land.

At the existing Cottonwood Campground, the agency proposes upgrading the water and electric systems as well as more spaces for tenting camping.

The public meeting is at the Farmington Civic Center starting at 6:00 p.m.

OREGON

From a news release:

Country Coach Friends Inc. (CCFI), an international chapter of Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), recently raised $6,095 to benefit to Oregon-based charities who serve those in need.

Junction City Local Aid, Junction City, and God’s Storehouse, Harrisburg, were the beneficiaries of the charitable giving of 100 attendees at the 3rd annual CCFI Friendship Rally in Albany, Ore., Aug. 21-25 at Linn County Fair & Expo Center, according to a news release.

The designated charities, Junction City Local Aid & God’s Storehouse, addressed the group informing of the great need for supplemental food and services to families within the Lane and Linn county areas. This international FMCA chapter responded with their generous donations at a fun-filled charity auction held during the rally.

Jerry O’Connor and wife Sherry presented the donated funds to the two agencies. “It’s our privilege to support such valuable service organizations, giving back to the area where we have enjoyed so many years of motorcoaching memories,” Jerry O’Connor, club president noted.

The CCFI club’s next rally is scheduled for Oct 8-12 in Calistoga, Calif. Registrations are now being accepted. Visit www.CountryCoachFriendsIncorporated.com to download information and a rally registration form. For questions about this club or its rallies you may call Jerry O’Connor at (775) 742-4627.

GEORGIA

From the Gainesville Times:

Don Carter shared the spotlight Thursday afternoon (Aug. 29) with his wife, Lucile, a longtime community volunteer as friends and well-wishers poured into Peach State Bank to honor the couple as part of “Don and Lucile Carter Appreciation Day,” a mostly drop-in event recognizing the Carters’ accomplishments in Gainesville-Hall County.

The 1,316-acre Don Carter State Park off North Browning Bridge Road in North Hall, overlooking Lake Lanier’s northeastern reaches is named after Carter. The park opened July 15 after more than a decade in development. It was named after Carter in 2002, after he had announced he was stepping down from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources board after 29 years.

“We feel like, with Don Carter being an integral part of this community for the last 50 years-plus, he has brought a lot of great things to Gainesville, Hall County and Georgia,” said the bank’s president and CEO, Ron Quinn. “Lucile also has been involved in volunteer organizations in Gainesville and around the state over the years.

The park also features camping, boat ramps, fishing, picnicking, playgrounds, hiking and eight rental cabins. It’s the first state park in Hall County and on Lake Lanier, which otherwise has a privately operated resort, Lake Lanier Islands, and day-use parks and campgrounds operated by the Army Corps of Engineers and local governments.

Don Carter park was financed by a $14 million bond package, with construction costs running about $11.5 million.

A dedication ceremony for the park is set for Sept. 16.

 

 

 

Current Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds

August 21, 2013 by · Comments Off on Current Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds 

WYOMING

From National Parks Traveler:

A 7 1/2-mile stretch of the Grand Loop Road in Yellowstone National Park was closed indefinitely Tuesday (Aug. 20) due to growth of the Alum Fire burning near the Mud Volcano area, park officials said.

Out of concern for public safety, the road was closed from Fishing Bridge Junction to the South Rim Drive of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Officials initially said a 13-mile stretch of road would be closed, but shortly thereafter decided to close just 7 1/2 miles.

Click here to read the entire story from National Parks Traveler.

NEBRASKA

From KOTA-TV, Scottsbluff:

The city of Scottsbluff is using keno funds to help make improvements to Riverside Campground.

City council members approved nearly $10,000 for park improvements.

The first step is to pay for new signage around the park.

The city is also looking to upgrade the electrical capacity at the campground.

An increase in use during parties and events has proven that the current electrical system does not have the capacity to meet the current demand.

“We have found out over time that what we have just isn’t sufficient,” explains Parks and Recreation Director Perry Mader, “which is kind of a blessing because we know our numbers down there are up, as we keep putting some of these upgrades in.”

The city will now bid out the electrical job to local contractors and the job should be completed in the coming months.

WEST VIRGINIA

From the Beckley Register-Herald:

The New River Gorge National River plans to open its new flagship campground to the public in the early summer of 2014.

The Meadow Creek Campground, located on the banks of the New River about two miles downstream of the Sandstone Visitor Center, will offer visitors a variety of individual campsite types and one large group camping site.

Amenities will electric hook-ups at all campsites, water hookups at some campsites, communal water spigots, vault toilets and a camp host. An amphitheater for park interpretive programs and a public boat launch will serve both campers and the general public.

The campsites — four walk-in tent-only sites, 17 drive-in car sites and five drive-in RV sites — in the first phase of development at this new facility will provide expanded amenities to visitors.

Click here to read the entire story.

 

Campground Sought along TVA’s Boone Lake

August 21, 2013 by · Comments Off on Campground Sought along TVA’s Boone Lake 

Boone Lake Reservoir is located on the South Fork of the Holston River in northeast Tennessee. The reservoir is named for frontiersman Daniel Boone, who played a major role in the history of the area. The reservoir is under control of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).

A Blountville, Tenn., property owner is pushing a proposed campground in Sullivan County forward for the third time and was given a positive recommendation Tuesday (Aug. 20) from the county’s planning commission.

Marty Judd wants to build a 100-site campground on Boone Lake in Piney Flats. The county commission denied his request two years ago when he presented a proposal and again a year ago, the Bristol Herald-Courier reported.

“I’m persistent,” Judd said. “I will be coming back once a year as long as I own (the property).”

According to county rules, a developer must wait a year after the commission denies a request to resubmit a proposal. Each time, the planning commission has recommended approval of the campground, but the county commissioners have denied the request.

Most neighbors near the proposed campground on DeVault Bridge Road oppose the campground.

“We did receive a lot of phone calls in opposition to the request,” Planning Director Ambre Torbett said.

Planning staff is against the campground. They believe the campground is spot zoning, as the only other uses in the area are residential neighborhoods and agriculture land.

Torbett presented planning commission members with a petition of signatures from property owners who oppose the proposal.

Judd said his proposal is positive for Sullivan County and not spot zoning. He said Boone Lake has three other campgrounds within three miles of his property, and he sees demand for more campgrounds on the lake.

“There is a big need for campgrounds in Sullivan County ,” Judd said.

Planning Commissioner member Mary Ann Hagar was the sole member who voted against the proposal. She said she had concerns about drivers’ visibility when pulling onto DeVault Bridge Road from the property.

Judd said he had the Highway Department and others look at the exit from the property, and they found that there was an adequate line of sight.

Henry Cook, who is a retired engineer and a neighbor of Judd’s, said he does not believe the entrance is safe. He said he has to pull his truck onto the road before he has clear visibility.

“It’s unsafe,” Cook said. “It just won’t work.”

The proposal goes before the full commission in September.

 

Fee-Free County Park System Seeks Changes

July 29, 2013 by · Comments Off on Fee-Free County Park System Seeks Changes 

One of the campsites at West Pinal Park in Arizona. Photo courtesy of www.freecampsites.net

In February, the Pinal County Board of Supervisors in southern Arizona expressed shock and concern that its county parks weren’t generating any revenue.

A discussion at the board’s work session last week was the first step in trying to remedy the problem, the Maricopa Monitor, Casa Grande, reported.

Proposed fees for West Pinal Park, also called Kortsen Park, were discussed. The supervisors hope the fees, in addition to needed park upgrades, can provide the county with revenue and other benefits.

The board was surprised to hear Kent Taylor, county administrator for performance management, announce at February’s meeting the county made no revenue from its five parks in 2012.

“We collected zero in fees last year,” he said.

That didn’t sit well with Anthony Smith, board vice chairman, who said many people were taking advantage of West Pinal Park by parking RVs there overnight without paying anything.

“It’s screaming for a management plan,” he said at the February meeting. “I think there’s a revenue-generating opportunity that’s very much being missed.”

There’s still many steps to go, including public hearings, before any fees will be officially adopted, but proposed fees were presented at last week’s meeting.

Those fees would be $10 each night, with the exception of groups wanting to use the large central ramada. The group rate would include a $35 registration fee, plus $7.50 per unit each night. Day use of the park will remain free.

The proposed fees are lower than what one pays in Maricopa or Pima counties because Pinal doesn’t have the same amenities.

West Pinal Park, located eight miles west of Stanfield, only has “dry” camping, with no access to water, electricity or sewer service.

Smith said campers at West Pinal Park often use the John Wayne RV Ranch, just east of the park, for shower, laundry and restroom facilities and for dumping sewage.

“We want to continue the historic day use (and) make that at no cost,” Smith said by phone Thursday morning. “But we also realize that there’s an opportunity to (not only) improve the park but also to receive revenue for those who are using RVs or staying overnight.”

Taylor crunched some numbers to estimate some of the expected yearly revenue over the course of October to April if fees are implemented.

If the daily fill rate, or park’s capacity, is at 10%, expected revenues are $4,660. At 25%, it would be $11,660, and at 35%, it would be $16,330. If the daily fill rate is 50%, revenues would be $23,330.

Since the board has also discussed improvements to the park, the county would incur some annual expenses. The estimated annual cost for portable toilets is $5,040, and a park host (part-time worker) would cost $8,000.

The county could also have a one-time expense of $4,500 for signage and/or a kiosk and an iron safe that collects camp fees.

Smith said implementing fees for the park could lead to the county purchasing more land within its Open Space and Trails Master Plan. He also said the park can be a boon to economic development, not only through fees, but through campers spending money elsewhere in the county.

“I want to be able to protect some of our natural assets, but I also want to manage them so that they’re the best possible products so we can have that economic development variable,” he said.

Manitoba Provincial Park to Get $16M Upgrade

July 22, 2013 by · Comments Off on Manitoba Provincial Park to Get $16M Upgrade 

One of the rivers in Whiteshell Provincial Park, located 80 miles east of Winnipeg on the border with Ontario.

The province of Manitoba will spend more than $16 million in the next seven years to upgrade Whiteshell Provincial Park, Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh said Friday (July 19).

The infrastructure upgrades, the largest ever in the 52-year history of the park, are part of ongoing work that started last year. The 28 individual projects for the park include the recent streetscaping at the West Hawk Lake townsite plus new parking for up to 300 cars and boat trailers and two new boat ramps, the Winnipeg Free Press reported.

Mackintosh said work at West Hawk also includes new decorative walkway lighting and large outdoor art installations inspired by the park’s natural history, including a new etched beach wall. The cost of the West Hawk project was $6.1 million.

He said Whiteshell Provincial Park, which sees more than 1.4 million visits each year, needs to be “refreshed” as there has not been major infrastructure work for a number of years.

“It’s time to keep this park one of our favourites and as well provide greater environmental leadership,” he said.

Mackintosh said the upgrades include the refurbishment of boat launches at McDougall’s Landing, Dorothy and Star lakes, upgrades to the West Hawk Lake sewage lagoon and the start of improvements to the Falcon Lake South Shore and Big Whiteshell South Shore roads.

He also said new washrooms and showers are to be built at the Betula, Big Whiteshell, Falcon, Brereton, West Hawk and White Lake campgrounds. Upgrades to drinking-water treatment at Brereton Lake, White Lake, Opapiskaw, Caddy Lake and Big Whiteshell campgrounds are also planned.

Work on the park and upgrades at other provincial parks throughout Manitoba are to be partly paid for through higher fees for cottage owners in provincial parks. The fee hike was announced in March and will see annual fees nearly triple. The average cottager pays about $280 a year in service fees. That number will rise to $738 over five years.

“We’ve got to make the investments,” Mackintosh said. “If we continue to let it go, we’re going to get more and more complaints and we’re going to have a degradation of that quality of life that’s so important for cottaging in Manitoba.”

Mackintosh also said more campsites at the Brereton and Nutimik campgrounds will be electrified, and more yurts added at the Nutimik campground. The Falcon Lake mall and the West Hawk Marina will also be refurbished and a new waste-water treatment facility at West Hawk/Falcon and Brereton will be built.

Eric Reder, campaign director of the Wilderness Committee, said he welcomed the upgrades, but added the province needs to do more to protect the park from development.

“Nearly half of Whiteshell is still at risk from mining and mineral exploration activity,” he said. “Manitoba provincial parks need to be ‘improved’ so that they are protected areas, like parks across Canada.”

The province banned logging in all but one of Manitoba’s 80 provincial parks in 2009. Logging continues on a limited basis only in Duck Mountain Provincial Park.

 

Central Washington Campgrounds Proposed

July 10, 2013 by · Comments Off on Central Washington Campgrounds Proposed 

Kittitas County in central Washington is shown in red in this map courtesy of Wikipedia.

Two new riverside recreation projects are proposed in Washington’s Kittitas County, one on the Columbia River and the other near the Yakima River northwest of Ellensburg, the Daily Record, Ellensburg, reported.

Proponents of the developments, one public and the other private, are seeking conditional-use permits from the county Community Development Services Department (CDS), according to permit applications in the CDS office.

Grant County Public Utility District proposes to construct the Rocky Canyon tent camping facility nearly two miles north of the Interstate 90 interchange in Vantage, east of Ellensburg. It is accessed from Recreation Drive along the Columbia River.

The PUD also has filed for a shoreline substantial development permit to allow work at the site building 10 tent campsites, associated parking, trails and other day-use facilities on a 5.6-acre site, according to permit applications.

Forest and range

The land is zoned forest and range. Recreation or campground facilities are a conditional use in this zone. Area citizens wanting to comment on the proposal must do so before 5 p.m. July 18 in writing, by email, letter or telephone to the county CDS office.

Grant County PUD said its review of the project indicates it will have no substantial adverse environmental impact.

The PUD operates several recreational access facilities along the Columbia River in connection with its federally approved operation of nearby Wanapum Dam, and also shares in administering recreational facilities on the river with Kittitas County government and the state parks and recreation department.

Yakima River site

Fly fishing in the Yakima River near Ellensburg, Wash. A developer proposes to build a campground to serve fishermen in the vicinity. Photo courtesy of www.theeveninghatch.com.

Kris Carlson proposes a private campground at 3200 McManamy Road northwest of Ellensburg, according to the project application, to support fishing guide services and launching of guides’ drift boats into the Yakima River.

The project also plans to provide overnight boarding of horses for customers traveling with their horses.

The site is adjacent to State Route 10 and is close to U.S. Highway 97 and Interstate 90, the application said, “and would provide a service to travelers not offered in the valley.”

“This is something we did in Montana on our ranch and brings business to area restaurants and hotels,” the application said.

The site, also next to the John Wayne Pioneer Trail, is made up of two parcels of 20 acres and 36 acres. People have launched boats near the location since 2005 via a private access road.

The property owners said in their application that they have allowed the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office to launch its water rescue boats from the site, which also has been used by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Yakama Nation for boat launching for their respective fisheries programs.

The applicants said the fishing area, near the Cascade Irrigation District’s headgate and a KOA campground, provides 4 1/2 miles of prime, blue-ribbon fly fishing habitat.

Letters of support for the permit have been received by the CDS office from local fishing guide businesses, a local campground, the sheriff’s office and the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce.

An environmental assessment of the proposal will be issued later by CDS staff as well as a proposed date for a public hearing before the county land-use hearings examiner.

 

Ga. to Open New Campground on Lake Lanier

July 8, 2013 by · Comments Off on Ga. to Open New Campground on Lake Lanier 

Blue pin marks the location of Don Carter State Park, Georgia’s newest state park, which opens on July 15.

Lake Lanier fans can look forward to a new place to play this summer when Don Carter State Park near Ganinesville, Ga., opens on July 15.

According to a news release, Georgia’s first state park on the 38,000-acre reservoir will feature camping, boat ramps, fishing, picnicking, playgrounds, hiking and a large swimming beach. Parking is $5 and most day-use activities are free.

Situated on the north end of the reservoir, the 1,316-acre park offers access to a quiet section of the normally busy lake. Swimmers will enjoy the large beach with sloped lawn and bath house. New boat ramps provide quick access to the lake, and anglers can prepare their catch at a fish-cleaning station. A 1 1/2-mile paved trail welcomes hikers, bikers and strollers to explore surrounding hardwoods, while a two-mile trail can be explored on foot.

Don Carter State Park offers overnight getaways as well. A modern campground with hot showers accommodates RVs, while another camping area is reserved just for tents and hammocks. Although the park will soon accept reservations, campsites will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis during the first few weeks of opening.

Those who prefer a soft bed over a sleeping bag can look forward to the eight rental cabins, opening later this summer. The two-bedroom cabins are perched on wooded hillsides near the lake, with rocking-chair porches and fully equipped kitchens.

Don Carter State Park offers a bargain getaway on Lake Lanier. Visitors pay $5 for parking, and most activities – including swimming – are free. Campsites range from $15 to $29, and cabins will be $110 to $160. Leashed dogs are welcome on trails and in the campground, but not in the visitor center and most cabins. Covered picnic shelters rent for $45 and are perfect for family reunions, birthday parties and casual receptions. Georgia’s newest state park is named in honor of Don Carter, the longest serving member (29 years) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources board.

Although the park officially opens July 15, the state will host a grand opening ceremony later this fall. To learn more, visit GeorgiaStateParks.org/doncarter or call (678) 450-7726 after July 15.

Accommodations & Facilities

• 1,316 Acres

• 8 Cottages — still under construction ($110-$160)

• 46 Tent, Trailer, RV Campsites — ($25-$29)

• 12 Walk-in Tent Sites ($15)

• 6 Picnic Shelters ($45)

• 39,000-Acre Lake Lanier

 

 

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