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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.

 

Picking Up the Pieces from Irene

August 30, 2011 by · Comments Off on Picking Up the Pieces from Irene 

Campground owners along the East Coast continue today to get their campgrounds in shape from the weekend horrors of Hurricane Irene in hopes to salvage all or part of the upcoming Labor Day weekend, WWLP-TV, Chicopee, Mass., reported.

One campground that won’t reopen is Shawn Myrick’s Walker Island Family Campground in Chester, Mass.

“The campground has been devastated by flooding. We are closed for the season,” Myrick confirmed to Woodall’s Campground Management.

The once serene family-run campground is now a pile of rubble.

Tropical Storm Irene dumped massive amounts of rain causing a dam at the nearby Big Robin Lake to spill over, flooding several low-lying communities and wiping out the campground, WWLP-TV, Chicopee, Mass., reported.

Randy Coe, a Hadley resident who camps at Walker Island from May to October, said no one saw the flash flood coming, The Republican, Springfield, reported.

“I looked out here Saturday and it really hadn’t got that bad,” he said.

Coe was in his motorhome when the wall of water came rushing down.

Myrick saw the wall of water coming, but would only offer one word about the sight: “Dude.”

Myrick said some 48 campers, many of them annual visitors, spend the summer at Walker Island, which was been in operation for 45 years. Those on the other side of the brook still have access to Route 10, but the majority of homes have been left stranded.

“I can’t get out till the road’s fixed,” said Coe.

On Monday, downed power lines were strewed about the campground and pieces of the green shuffleboard court were lodged in the middle of a newly enlarged Walker Brook. The children’s playground was gone and only parts of the campground’s swimming pool showed above the still churning water.

“It makes me want to cry, I already have,” said Sandra Donovan, whose father built the campground 45 years ago. “My family grew up here, my sisters kids come up here every summer, my kids grew up here,” Donovan said.

It destroyed some of the campers and stranded those left behind.

The driveway to get in and out of the campground was destroyed and until it’s fixed, no campers can get in or out.

The dam that spilled over, leaving those campers stranded, also washed away roads like Sherwood Drive in Becket, destroyed others, like Route 20, and forced evacuations in Westfield for fear that the swollen Westfield River would overflow.

All of the people who were evacuated went to an emergency shelter, they have returned home.

As for the campground, they’ll rebuild a road to get the campers out, however they’re not sure if they’ll rebuild the entire campground.

Elsewhere:

PENNSYLVANIA

The man killed by a falling tree Sunday at a campground in northeast Pennsylvania died from asphyxiation, Luzerne County Coroner John Corcoran said Monday.

Corcoran identified the man as Richard Charles Shotwell, 41, of Wilkes-Barre, The Citizens Voice reported.

“It’s asphyxiation due to the tree falling on him,” Corcoran said. “He was pinned under the tree.”

Shotwell’s death was ruled accidental, Corcoran said. No autopsy is planned.

Corcoran said Shotwell was sleeping in a camper at Hidden Lake Campground when a tree crashed down on the camper due to the winds from Tropical Storm Irene.

RHODE ISLAND

Rhode Island officials say state parks, beaches and campgrounds remain closed due to Tropical Storm Irene, The Associated Press reported.

The state Department of Environmental Management says it needs more time to assess damage, evaluate public safety concerns and clean up after the storm.

There is extensive tree damage and downed limbs at Goddard Memorial, Lincoln Woods and Burlingame state parks. There is also widespread tree damage at the George Washington State Campground in Glocester and the Burlingame State Campground in Charlestown.

CONNECTICUT

In Dayville, Hide Away Cove owner Matthew Benoit said the extent of the damage was several downed trees, lots of brush and one mobile home that was destroyed by a fallen tree, the Norwich Bulletin reported.

“We got pretty lucky as far as buildings, no flooding — just no power,” Benoit said.

MARYLAND

The Assateague Island National Seashore is reopening to the public after closing for Hurricane Irene, The Washington Post reported.

The National Seashore reopened to the public at 7 a.m. today. All developed area campgrounds, with the exception of Oceanside walk-in sites and some of the group sites, will reopen at noon. Walk-in and remaining group sites will reopen when water levels recede.

The over-sand vehicle route will reopen at 9 a.m. Tuesday; some parts may stay closed.

The South Ocean Beach Day Use area and all backcountry campsites will stay closed until further notice.

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