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.


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


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.


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 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.


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.




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 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



RV Park and Campground Briefs

July 8, 2011 by · Comments Off on RV Park and Campground Briefs 


From the Associated Press:

All of Yellowstone National Park’s campgrounds are now open for the summer.

The Lewis Lake campground opened Friday after it was finally cleared of snow and ice. However, five sites at the campground are still off limits because they’re underwater. Those sites likely won’t open until August.

Campers should expect some wet and muddy conditions over the next few weeks as snow continues to melt.


From the Associated Press:

The Big Lake Recreation Area near Show Low, Ariz., was set to reopen today (July 8) after it was forced to close because of the Wallow wildfire. The fire which burned more than 538,000 acres forced emergency closures of all campgrounds in northeastern Arizona.

U.S. Forest Service officials have given their approval to reopen the Big Lake Recreation Area at noon.

Other campground openings include Winn, Benny Creek and Hoyer campgrounds. While most of the area will be reopening for campers, some campgrounds will remain closed including Alpine Divide, Luna Lake and all East Fork, West Fork and South Fork campgrounds.

Campground openings are strictly limited to designated campgrounds. All dispersed camping is still restricted. Also, all current fire restrictions remain in place; no campfires are allowed at this time.


From the Boston Herald:

A Taunton, Mass., man accused of killing his domestic partner at a Cape Cod campground has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge.

James Costello was ordered held without bail at his arraignment Thursday in Barnstable Superior Court.

The 45-year-old Costello is charged with killing 41-year-old David Walton at a Provincetown campground in April.

Walton was found dead April 3 outside the office at the Coastal Acres Campground by police. Costello was asleep next to him. The two lived together in Taunton.

The Cape Cod Times reports that Costello’s attorney retained the right to seek bail at a later date.

A pretrial conference is scheduled for July 28.


From The Kansas, Newton, Kan.:

The board of commissioners in Harvey County, Kan., has approved a request by Terry Stanford for a conditional-use permit to operate an RV park and rental storage business in an A-1 agricultural zoning district.

The property is near Burrton about 30 miles northwest of Wichita in the center of the state, one half mile south of Southwest 24th on the east side of South Wheat State Road.

The Harvey County Regional Planning Commission recommended approval of the request by a unanimous vote at its June 7 meeting on the condition that no more than 10 RV parking sites are allowed, and both the RV parking and rental storage business are operated within the existing five acres that are fenced.

There were no letters or petitions protesting the permit.


From the Glenwood Springs Post Independent:

The danger posed by large trees at Avalanche Campground south of Carbondale has convinced the U.S. Forest Service to close most of the campsites there.

The agency has now closed nine campsites at Avalanche, all along the creek, according to Martha Moran, recreation staff supervisor with the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District. Four first-come, first-served sites away from the creek remain open.

The sites remained open through the July 4 weekend and closed on Tuesday. The picnic tables at each of the sites have been pulled out, she said.

Three of the sites were closed last summer because of the dangers posed by aging or beetle-infested trees. On Memorial Day weekend this year, high winds toppled a healthy blue spruce at another site. The big tree grazed an unoccupied tent.

After evaluating the dangers posed by other large trees, some of which are healthy and some of which may not be, the agency closed the additional campsites rather than cut multiple trees down along the creek, Moran said.

“We just don’t want to be out there cutting trees in the riparian zone,” she said.

Moran estimated that upward of 50 mature trees would have to be cut to keep the sites open.

Instead, after an evaluation process that allows for public comment, the Forest Service will aim to build new campsites elsewhere in the vicinity — where the designated parking for horse trailers is currently located, she said.

Avalanche Campground is 13 miles south of Carbondale, off Highway 133.


From the Gainesville (Fla.) Times:

Plans for Don Carter State Park on Lake Lanier in north Georgia are moving along slowly but are on track to be advertised to contractors by the end of the month.

“They think they could begin the actual physical construction of the park in November, and the goal is to open the park in Spring 2013,” said Kim Hatcher, public affairs coordinator for the Parks, Recreation & Historic Sites Division of the DNR.

Department of Natural Resources officials are gathering information to obtain permitting from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the state park, which would be the first on Lake Lanier.

Representatives from Hall County Public Works are planning to contact the DNR to swap county and state land so North Browning Bridge Road, where the park is planned, can accommodate more traffic and larger recreational vehicles, Public Works Executive Director Ken Rearden said.

The two agencies will collaborate to widen the narrow, snaking, partially paved road that will run through the campground.

The site’s infrastructure will be built from scratch, complete with paving roads and installing water, sewer and electrical lines. Construction costs are estimated at $11.3 million, said David Clark, DNR engineering and construction chief.

The bidding period for this sort of project is usually 30 days, he added, but that period might be extended due to the size of the job. Construction of docks, boat ramps and other amenities directly on or near the water are dependent on permission from the corps.

The estimated 1,040-acre park will offer an extensive visitor center, at least five cabins, tent sites, playgrounds, an acre of beach, picnic shelters, docks with two boat ramps, recreational vehicle camp sites, comfort stations, a bath house and hiking and equestrian trails.

All those amenities bring some concerns from local residents, though.

Hatcher said the site for Don Carter State Park was chosen specifically for its serene atmosphere.

“It’s on the northern part of Lake Lanier, which is actually the quieter part of Lanier,” she said. “Lanier is a very popular, high-density lake, and this is going to give people a little bit quieter place to go on the lake and provide more parkland, more access to the water.”


From WSAZ-TV, Huntington:

The Huntington District Corps of Engineers say Burnsville Lake’s Riffle Run Campground reopened last week after a year’s worth of upgrades.

The site has been closed to the public since June 2010.

This after 54 campsites in Riffle Run now have water and sewer hookups, as well as electric pedestals that have been upgraded to 50 amps.

New playground equipment was also installed at the campground.

The six primitive sites in the Riffle Run Left Fork Campground were not upgraded.