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RV Park and Campground Briefs

June 28, 2012 by · Comments Off on RV Park and Campground Briefs 

ALBERTA

From Global Edmonton:

According to Parks Canada, recent flooding on Snaring Road has caused two campgrounds in Jasper National Park to be closed during the upcoming Canada Day long weekend.

Approximately 350 fewer campsites than usual will be available.

The closure will affect the Snaring River Campground as well as its overflow site which was specifically used for long weekends.

“Long weekends are very popular for us; we get a big spike in interest,” says Visitor Experience Operations Coordinator with Parks Canada, Chris Whitty.

Whitty says this weekend is the busiest one of the year for Jasper because of all the Canada Day activities happening throughout the weekend and school just recently finishing for the summer.

This year Parks Canada expects all Jasper campsites will be full by Friday (June 29).

He says much of the flooding not only comes from the rain, but from the winter snow still melting, adding that just watching all the water in the park right now is incredible.

CALIFORNIA

From the Sacramento Bee:

Eldorado National Forest officials are gearing up for a busy Independence Day holiday and report that all facilities in the forest will be open, including the newly renovated Gerle Creek and South Fork Group campgrounds.

The Gerle Creek campground renovation was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, otherwise known as the federal stimulus program. The South Fork Group Campground project was selected by the El Dorado County Resource Advisory Committee from more than 100 projects to be funded with Title 2 Secure Rural School Act monies and was accomplished with the help of volunteers, according to a Forest Service news release.

LLINOIS

From the Quincy Journal:

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Pine Lakes in Pittsfield is holding an open house today (June 28)  from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The campground is featuring the brand new pool and snack bar. Both facilities are open daily for the public. Lunch is served daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, chicken and pulled pork sandwiches, chicken strips and Buffalo wings.

PENNSYLVANIA

From a news release:

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) will host a grand reopening event for the Pickerel Point and Deerfield campgrounds at Promised Land State Park in Pike County on Friday (June 29).

“Before being closed for renovations, Pickerel Point and Deerfield were some of the most popular camping destinations in the Pocono region, with many families returning year after year,” DCNR Deputy Secretary for Parks and Forestry Ellen Ferretti said. “This project has modernized the area and will make it much more comfortable for the next generation to enjoy.”

The park’s Masker Museum also will be open to visitors after 10 a.m. The museum was closed in 2011 related to the construction project.

Reservations for the campgrounds are now being accepted.

Pickerel Point Campground, stretching out around the 422-acre Promised Land Lake, is a favorite of campers who appreciate and enjoy shoreline camping.

“Larger campsites, privacy between sites and onsite amenities all provide for a first-class experience for the popular lake-side walk in campsites,” Ferretti said. “The renovated campground is now a blend of modern comfort that still maintains the integrity of the original 1934 campground.”

The $3.3 million renovation included new water and sanitary systems for a modern bathroom and two shower buildings to replace pit toilets at Pickerel Point.

The campground now features three new camping cottages; 75 campsites (43 are pet-friendly); and 12 sites that have full water, electric and sewer hookups on the site, which is a first in the state park system.

Deerfield campground, across the street from Pickerel Point, also was updated. While Deerfield’s 34 campsites (all pet-friendly) will still remain primitive, the sites underwent improvements. New stone parking pads and living areas were installed, hazardous trees were removed and new trees were planted.

The Deerfield comfort station has a new roof, new siding, dark sky lighting and new windows. Inside there is new tile floor, interior ceiling, plumbing and fixtures.

Promised Land State Park encompasses approximately 3,000 acres. It was Pennsylvania’s fourth state park, having been acquired in 1902.

From a news release:

HGTV announced its special programming for the summer will include a special on Outrageous RVs to premiere on July 6 at 9 p.m. EST.  Here’s what the network had to say:

“HGTV’s Outrageous RVs showcases the most impressive and unique RVs around. Opulent features include state-of-the-art audio equipment, a built-in driving range, a gourmet kitchen and even a marble bathroom. One multi-million dollar RV is designed to make the open road comfortable for the family cats. From the RVs of celebrities to RVs owned by regular Joes, this one-hour special features some of the coolest, hippest and most outrageous RVs on the planet.”

INDIANA

From WISH-TV, Indianapolis:

Police confirm a second teen has drowned at a Decatur County campground.

Decatur County Sheriff’s Department officers were called to the Hidden Paradise Campgrounds in St. Paul at about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday after a swimmer disappeared.

Conservation Officer Gary Catron said Derick Gentry, 19, Indianapolis, went for a swim with two other people, got 10 yards from the dock and began struggling. The other two tried in vain to rescue him.

“They tried to assist; they were unable to save him. Just a tragic thing all the way around,” Catron said.

The owner of the campground and an off duty deputy, David Henderson, got diving gear and retrieved the teen who had been under water for half an hour, but Decatur County Coroner Charity Banks declared Gentry dead a few minutes before 6 p.m.

24-Hour News 8 spoke with Gentry’s dad Wednesday evening, who said he learned of his son’s death from a friend, around 5:30. Gentry believes his son knew how to swim, and says his friends thought he had an asthma attack before going under water.

An aunt told 24-Hour News 8 Gentry graduated from Crispus Attucks High School in 2011 and was attending IUPUI, studying to be a marine biologist.

The death comes just weeks after another Indianapolis teen drowned at the same campground. DuJuan Thompson , 15, Indianapolis, died June 10.

After his death, 24-Hour News 8 learned the campground does not use a lifeguard, but rather has what they call a water watchman who monitors the water. Attendees are required to sign a release form before swimming, according to DNR.

The owner told 24-Hour News 8 Gentry had signed such a form.

KENTUCKY

From WSCH Radio, Lawrenceburg, Ind.:

The excitement is building around the Kentucky Speedway near Sparta, Ky., as the campgrounds around the track begin to fill up.

The track hosts three races this week, including the NASCAR Sprint Cup Quaker State 400 Saturday night.

“We are taking every measure to ensure our fans enjoy great racing when we take the NASCAR spotlight this weekend,” Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger said.

On Tuesday, the campgrounds at the speedway opened to race fans. RV’s and trailers began pulling in to claim the best spots out of the more than 4,200 camping spaces.

The parking lots at the speedway will open at 7 a.m. each day today through Saturday as fans can enjoy driver appearances, interactive activities, food and shopping.

 

RV Park and Campground Briefs

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MONTANA

From KRTV-TV, Great Falls:

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials are keeping an eye out for a young black bear who wandered into Great Falls on Sunday and was spotted again on Monday morning on the west side of town.

Around 1 a.m., Cascade County sheriff’s deputies spotted a bear, about two years old, at Dick’s RV Park on the southwest side of town. In the 22 years co-owner Bob Dick has worked there, he said he’s never seen anything like it.

“It’s exhilarating. You love to see anything wild,” he said. Residents spotted the same cinnamon-colored black bear in the West Hill area at around 6 a.m. on Sunday, but officials thought he’d left town after they chased him down to Sun River.

Click here to watch a video courtesy of KRTV-TV.

INDIANA

From the Richmond Palladium-Item:

Union County will auction 15 campground lots Friday with a minimum bid of $1 each.

The deed sale will be at 10 a.m. in the public meeting room on the second floor of the Union County Courthouse, 26 W. Union St.

The “blow out” sale with a low minimum bid is designed to sell the campground lots and return them to the property tax rolls, county commissioners said. All lots are located in the Heritage Hills Campground on Indiana 101 South.

Seven of the properties went unsold in the last deed sale, deputy auditor Deana Hill said. The rest have been county property for quite a while, another reason to set a low minimum bid, she said.

The county has about $175 invested in title searches and fees for each, Hill said. Taxes are about $50 per lot each year, she said.

“I’m hoping we sell them all on Friday,” Hill said.

Lots that don’t sell in Friday’s auction will be for sale on the Internet for 10 days beginning June 18. The Union County lots will be sold through the website of SRI Inc. (www.sri-taxsale.com), an Indianapolis company that specializes in delinquent tax and deed sales.

From WISH-TV, Indianapolis:

A ceremony that was supposed to highlight eighth-grade achievements at Harshman Magnet Middle School on Monday (June 11) turned into a small memorial service for a student who drowned a day earlier .

DuJuan Thompson’s mother told the group of students, parents and teachers, “It was his time to go.”

“God used him (as) a stepping stone to show what you are supposed to do,” Julia Webb said.

Webb said her son never took swim lessons. He and the football team were at Hidden Paradise Campgrounds in St. Paul to celebrate their championship win.

Witnesses told police Thompson jumped into the water and yelled, “I can swim.” After three attempts a dive team found the teen.

No lifeguards were on duty. The campground uses what they call a watchman system to monitor the water.

Webb said perhaps her son’s death will be the catalyst for change. The 14-year-old had asthma and a minor heart condition.

MISSOURI

From KQHA-TV, Quincy, Ill.:

Fire destroyed a river camp at Mississippi Mile River Camp near Palmyra, Mo.

The call came shortly before 5:30 p.m. on June 8.

No one was hurt, but a piece of history was lost.

Palmyra Firefighter John Lewis says the river camp was made from a historic caboose built in the early 1900s by the Chicago Burlington of Quincy Railroad in Aurora, Illinois.

It was retired in the mid 1970s and was moved next to the Mississippi River around 1980.

“It absolutely kills me because I’m a big railroad buff, and I’ve always wanted a caboose in my back yard. To see this piece of history go, it’s really sad,” Lewis said.

Lewis says the river camp’s owners were burning brush, getting ready for the summer camping season, when the fire spread to the camp.

RV Park and Campground Briefs

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OREGON

From KTVZ-TV, Redmond:

The Cove Palisades State Park is reopening a portion of its Crooked River campground in June. The 91-site campground will open in stages. The north loop opened for walk-in customers on June 8, followed by June 15 for reservation customers. The entire campground will be open by July 1.

The Cove Palisades State Park sits along Lake Billy Chinook near Madras in central Oregon

The opening comes on the heels of a massive renovation and upgrade to the 40-year-old campground. Renovations include new paving, new water and sewer systems, upgraded electrical sites, three new restrooms/shower buildings, a new RV dump station, and a larger amphitheater. Forty-two sites also were reconfigured for traffic flow, and four sites upgraded for ADA accessibility. The improvements are funded largely by Oregon Lottery dollars dedicated to state parks by voters.

“It truly is going to make for happy campers,” said Park Manager Dave Slaght. “Even though much of the work is literally underground, the upgrades make a huge difference in the quality of the camping experience here. Water, power and sewer systems may not sound exciting, but believe me, they are the nuts and bolts of a campground.” The new electric service upgrades all campsites to 50/30/20 amperage, meaning that RVs large and small can make easy use of every site.

Slaght also pointed to more visible improvements, such the three new restroom and shower buildings, all of which are much more energy efficient than the old ones. He also expects campers to appreciate the new, two-lane RV waste water dump station and a large new amphitheater, sited in a better location for programs.

SOUTH DAKOTA

From The Daily Republic, Mitchell:

Roughly $1 million in repairs to the Left Tailrace Campground at Big Bend Dam continue with an anticipated completion date by the end of September.

During the Missouri River flood of 2011, the campground sustained damages to roads, camp pads, comfort stations, a lift station, a water plant and the site’s electrical system. As a result of the ongoing repairs, the opening of the campground and its adjoining parking area will be further delayed until completion of the project.

A contract was awarded April 21 for electrical repairs and a general paving of the campground to include the pads and parking area. Due to the complexity and scope of the electrical work, the contract completion date was extended to the end of September.

“We realize that the public appreciates and uses this campground on a regular basis, and we have already fielded many calls on when it might open,” said Keith Fink, the operations manager for Big Bend Dam. “We apologize for any disruption to plans it might cause, but we want to return the campground to the full functionality that the public enjoyed prior to the flood. We will open it as soon as possible, but right now that looks like the end of September.”

The North Shore Campground will be open to the public and provides paved camp pads with a fire ring at each site and one vault toilet in the campground. There is no fee to camp at North Shore Campground.

INDIANA

From WIBC Radio, Indianapolis:

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating the drowning death of a 14-year-old Indianapolis boy Sunday afternoon (June 10) at the Hidden Paradise Campground in Decatur County.

Corey Norrod with the Department of Natural Resources says the boy, DuJuan Thompson, was a member of the Harshman Middle School football team which had recently won their league championship. Several of the teammates visited the campground to go swimming in celebration of the win.

Witnesses say the teenagers were being fitted with life jackets when the victim and a few others ran to a dock at the water’s edge. Others were telling the boys to stop when the victim yelled out that he could swim and then dove into the water. The victim immediately began to struggle and went under water. Some of his teammates tried to bring him back up but were unsuccessful.

The Indiana Conservation Officers Search and Rescue dive team pulled the boy out of the water around 4:00. The incident remains under investigation.

Click here to read more from WISH-TV, Indianapolis.

UTAH

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

A 27-year-old man has been charged in the shooting death of his teenage brother during a camping trip in Utah.

Eric Charlton, of West Haven, was charged June 8 with a second-degree felony count of manslaughter and misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment and carrying a dangerous weapon under the influence of alcohol.

His 17-year-old brother, Cameron, was shot in the head on May 28 while camping with family and friends at Yuba Lake State Park, about 110 miles south of Salt Lake City.

According to court documents, the brothers and a friend were drinking around a campfire at about 3 a.m. when Eric Charlton began demonstrating firearm techniques. His .45-caliber handgun fired.

Investigators say Eric Charlton was distraught and the shooting was not intentional.

Prosecutors say they felt charges were justified.

 

 

No Charges Filed in Campground Deer Incident

September 14, 2010 by · Comments Off on No Charges Filed in Campground Deer Incident 

A central Indiana family unsuccessfully nursed their beloved pet deer back to health, after what was supposed to be a memorable moment caught on film turned violent and nearly deadly. What happened even launched a police investigation, WISH-TV, Indianapolis, reported.

People travel for miles to see Anthony, the deer. They hand feed him and pet him. He’s been a part of the Hidden Paradise Campground and Petting Zoo near St. Paul, Ind., for 10 years and one moment over the weekend almost ended his life.

Anthony is a 10-year-old buck who was hand fed from birth by Lynn Pahl, the owner of Hidden Paradise campground and petting zoo.

“Anthony will lick your fingers he’ll lick all over you, he loves people.” says Pahl.

Anthony is the main attraction at the Hidden Paradise petting zoo. People pet and feed Anthony through the fence, and Anthony seems to love it.

But one camper, Andrew Sweet of Rushville, decided he wanted a closer look at Anthony. Sweet told police he wanted his buddies to capture the moment on camera. Investigators say Sweet climbed the fence that is more than 10 feet tall to get into the deer enclosure and take a picture with Anthony. But Sweet claims Anthony attacked him, so in self-defense he used his knife to stab the deer in the neck.

Daryl Leach, a camper, pets and feeds Anthony and doesn’t worry about his 2- and 3-year-old grandchildren petting him either. “And you could see that all of us pet him. He said the animal was vicious. And attacked him and come after him. So, I just can’t see the animal being vicious. The guy had to do something to him.”

Sweet was questioned by the Decatur sheriff’s deputies who investigated and turned the case over to the Decatur County prosecutor, William Smith, who says Sweet’s “foolishness and bad judgment may leave him liable to the owner for civil damages, but is not a criminal offense.”

Anthony underwent surgery Monday (Sept. 13) and died.

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