The Latest RV Park and Campground Briefs

September 6, 2012 by · Comments Off on The Latest RV Park and Campground Briefs 


From the Times-Repubican, Marshalltown:

A campground could be on its way to the Green Castle Recreation Area south of Ferguson.

Mike Stegmann, director of the Marshall County Conservation Board, said there has been discussion by the board of adding a campground to the park due to interest from people in the area.

“We’ve decided, let’s take a look at it,” Stegmann said to the Board of Supervisors during a meeting Tuesday. “So far, we’ve got positive comments.”

All of the discussion is just preliminary and a specific plan with a timeline has yet to be completed. A major hurdle will be funding, but Stegmann said they will look to grants and donations for the project to try to limit the use of county funds.

“We’re going to hit every source of funding we can find,” he said.

Those looking to give input on the campground plans are encouraged to attend the next conservation board meeting at 5 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Grimes Farm Conservation Center.


From the Williams News:

The Kaibab National Forest has issued a prospectus for campground concession operations that will begin Jan. 1. The prospectus solicits proposals to operate and maintain campgrounds under a special use permit. The operator is responsible for all operations and specified maintenance of the permitted recreation facilities.

The prospectus includes three family campgrounds – Dogtown, Kaibab, and White Horse Lake Campgrounds. All of the campgrounds are located on the Williams Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest.

An information meeting and tour of the sites will be offered on Sept. 12. Questions raised during the site visit will be addressed and information will be shared with all potential applicants. An itinerary for the site visit will be posted by Sept. 4 on the Kaibab National Forest website at

The prospectus and all appendices are now available on the Federal Business Opportunities website at

Applicants will have until 4:30 p.m. Oct. 3 to submit a complete proposal. Detailed information on this business opportunity, Forest Service concessionaire program and policies, special use permit, applications and post selection requirements are available in the prospectus.

The prospectus may be downloaded from the website listed above or requests for alternative formats (CD-ROM or hardcopy) and any questions should be directed to Deirdre A. McLaughlin at the Williams Ranger District Office 742 S. Clover Rd., Williams, AZ 86046 or call (928) 635-5662.


From The Associated Press:

Wandering bears have caused officials at the Cibola National Forest to close two campgrounds and one trailhead. KOB-TV says the Cienaga Canyon picnic ground, the Sulphur Canyon picnic ground and the Cienaga Horse bypass trailhead all are closed until the end of October or until the risk subsides.

In June, a campground at the Bandelier National Monument in Los Alamos was closed while authorities tried to capture a black bear that scratched a young girl.


From KTVB-TV, Boise:

The Lowman Ranger District will close the Cozy Cove, Barney’s, Hower’s and Riverside campgrounds so contractors can remove hazard trees. The tree removal will rotate between the four campgrounds, so the closure times will vary.

The campgrounds are expected to reopen on Oct. 3.


RV Park and Campground Briefs

May 24, 2012 by · Comments Off on RV Park and Campground Briefs 


From KTIV-TV, Sioux City, Iowa:

A Nebraska woman accused of concealing the remains of her dead husband in a campground is on track to get out of jail.

During a hearing, Tuesday (May 22), a judge agreed to release 63-year-old Jeanne Fry on her own recognizance.

Fry has been in the Madison County Jail in Norfolk for six months while various officials tried to arrange a place for her to stay.

The county attorney told the court those arrangements have been made.

Fry is accused of keeping the body of her dead husband, Jack, in a camper the two shared on the Madison City Campgrounds.

Her trial is set for July 9.


From the Arizona Daily Sun:

The Williams and Tusayan ranger districts on the Kaibab National Forest will be increasing fire restrictions beginning today (May 23).

Campfires will no longer be allowed even in developed campgrounds, as the two districts move into stage 2 restrictions.

“As we continue to move through fire season, the weather trends and fuels conditions have prompted us to initiate additional fire restrictions,” Williams District Ranger Martie Schramm stated in a press release.


From The Associated Press:

South Dakota officials say state recreation areas damaged in last year’s flooding along the Missouri River will be open in time for Memorial Day weekend.

Farm Island Recreation Area near Pierre has been repaired and the park’s main campground is set to open Thursday.

State Parks Director Doug Hofer says the Game, Fish and Parks Department did not expect to have the campgrounds open until June.

Two of the campgrounds at Oahe Downstream Recreation Area just below Oahe Dam have already opened. The third campground in that recreation area is set to open Friday.

All campsites at North Point Recreation Area near Pickstown also have opened with full facilities available.

State Parks Director Doug Hofer says the Game, Fish and Parks Department did not expect to have the campgrounds open until June. But he says the warm spring helped crews get a lot of work done.


From KGW-TV, Portland:

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of camping season in the Northwest. But the U.S. Forest Service warns that outdoor enthusiasts may find their favorite campground is still covered in snow.

On Tuesday, the gate at Trillium Lake Campground remained closed, and most other campgrounds above roughly 3,500 feet in elevation were also still snowbound.

Trillium, Olallie Lake and alpine campgrounds on Mt. Hood were all closed, according to the Forest Service. Frog Lake and Clear Lake Campgrounds had about a 50-50 chance of melting out and opening in time for the holiday weekend.

The Forest Service said there were still plenty of spots open at the lower elevations like Camp Creek or Tollgate campgrounds, but even those camping at lower elevations should be prepared for some cool conditions.


From WLBT-TV, Jackson:

State and local officials cut the ribbon and officially welcomed the public to the new campground at Lake Calling Panther in Copiah County.

The campground has 23 newly developed sites providing water, sewer and electrical services.

The sites were built to accommodate camping for RVs around the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks newest state fishing lake.

“It’s one of our premier lakes in the state. It was built in ’06 and it’s just now blooming; fishing’s great. This new campground is just gonna add to it,” said Ron Garavelli, director of fisheries.

Lake Calling Panther is 512 acres and located five miles west of Crystal Springs off New Zion Road.




Some Folks Camping Out for Life

August 9, 2011 by · Comments Off on Some Folks Camping Out for Life 

The Arizona Daily Sun, Flagstaff, reports on the variety of full-time campers who frequent national forests of Arizona. An excerpt of that story follows. Click here to read the entire story.

Darrell Eddleman, 54, might have a few more years to live, doctors guess.

The former trucker was diagnosed with cancer three years ago and had a lung removed, but he didn’t opt for chemotherapy to eradicate the cancer.

Medical bills bankrupted him then, and he’s living on disability now and facing new health problems.

Realizing that his time was limited, he made a pitch three years ago to Rose, 52, the cosmetologist from Prescott and Phoenix that he was keen on: “They gave me six years to live and I’m going to enjoy it. Want to come with me?”

Darrell and Rose found a camper, a van to pull it, and some solar panels for power. Now married, the Eddlemans live out of their recreational vehicle in forests around the Southwest with their dog, Freeway, and have seen a lot of the country.

They now hike and visit with other campers.

She paints.

He fishes.

“I like this lifestyle a lot,” Rose said.

Just one problem, in their view: The Kaibab National Forest doesn’t want them around and is recently stating as much.

Actually, living in the forest is illegal, say Forest Service officials, pointing to federal law.

These are campers around Flagstaff you might not recognize as technically “homeless” — living out of old motorhomes, vans and recreational vehicles year-round.