Latest Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds

May 31, 2013 by · Comments Off on Latest Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds 


From the Statesman Journal, Salem:

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is celebrating State Parks Day on June 1 with free tent, RV and horse campsites and free day-use parking at state parks throughout Oregon.

State Parks Day is held on the first Saturday in June each year. It was established in 1998 by a joint resolution of the Oregon State Legislative Assembly.

“It’s a great way to thank Oregonians and visitors for their support of our state parks,” said OPRD Director Tim Wood. “A day of free parking and a night of free camping gives everyone a chance to enjoy the experience of being outdoors during the summer.”

From the Register-Guard, Eugene:

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Eugene district campgrounds are now open for extended weekends — but only for weekends — because of decreased staffing tied to projected federal budget cuts known as sequestration.

The campgrounds at Clay Creek, Whittaker Creek, Shotgun Creek and Sharps Creek will be open from 9 a.m. Friday to 2 p.m. Monday each week. The campsites in years past have typically been open every day during the summer camping season.

“We’ve had to shorten the hours to manage,” BLM Eugene district spokesman Michael Mascari said of the anticipated budget cuts.

Although the budget reductions — a mandatory $85 billion in across-the-board government spending cuts — have not yet taken effect, the BLM Eugene district is taking precautionary measures to prepare for the cuts, Mascari said.

“We know they’re coming,” he said.

The bureau’s campgrounds and recreation areas are dispersed in multiple directions: Clay Creek is south of Whittaker Creek; Whittaker Creek is west of Walton and south of Highway 126; Shotgun Creek is off Marcola Road; and Sharps Creek is southeast of Cottage Grove.


From The Associated Press:

U.S. Forest Service officials say falling trees pose an increasing threat to hikers, bikers, campers and others in the Black Hills National Forest of western South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming.

The reason is that pine trees killed by mountain pine beetles on hundreds of thousands of acres are decaying and becoming more likely to tumble.

Forest Service official Dave Slepnikoff says windy days are particularly dangerous. His advice is for people in the forest to be aware of their surroundings and look up from time to time.

The Forest Service has removed some potentially dangerous trees near campgrounds and other high-traffic areas.


From WHO-TV, Des Moines:

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says it had to evacuate cabins at Pine Lake State Park near Eldora due to the rising Iowa River.

Authorities evacuated the four family cabins around 11:00 Wednesday night. The DNR says the move is just a precaution and as of now the park is still open.

Four other state parks are closed due to flooding: George Wythe State Park, Dolliver State Park, Walnut Woods State Park and Backbone State Park.

Springbrook State Park and Rock Creek State Park were both reopened Thursday (May 30).

The DNR says several weddings and graduation parties had to be moved last minute due to flooding.


From, Laurie:

Four state park swimming beaches have been temporarily closed for e. coli, according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR). However, public beaches at Lake of the Ozarks have passed water quality tests this week and remain open.

The state park beaches at Finger Lakes located in Columbia, Harry S Truman located in Warsaw and Wakonda located in La Grange are closed following results of water samples taken Tuesday that indicated bacteria levels higher than those recommended for waters used for swimming. Earlier this week, the state park beach at Thousand Hills located in Kirksville closed due to flooding. The beach remains closed due to flooding as well as high bacteria levels.

The campground beach at Harry S Truman State Park remains open. Visitors to Harry S Truman State Park may stop by the office or fee booth to obtain a pass free of charge to swim at the campground beach. Once tests from the four state park beaches indicate the bacteria levels are within the standard suitable for swimming, the beaches will reopen.


From a news release:

Opening ceremonies for Plumas National Forest’s new equestrian campground facilities near Quincy will be held Saturday (June 1) at the Snake Lake Campground on the Mt. Hough Ranger District. Festivities begin at 1 p.m.

Amenities at the campground now include eight new campsites designed for equestrian users, eight corrals, nine family campsites, picnic tables, and campfire rings. Activities at the site include fishing, hiking, horseback riding, off-highway vehicle trail riding, and non-motorized boating.

The project was made possible by two grants from the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 awarded to the Plumas County Chapter of High Mountain Riders in partnership with the Plumas National Forest.

From a news release:

Sunland RV Resorts is helping celebrate the 18th annual air show in El Cajon, Calif., with a Wings Over Gillespie Giveaway.

Guests staying at one of Sunland’s three East County properties during the air show, June 1-2, are automatically entered to win a pair of event tickets. One winner from Oak Creek RV Resort, Circle RV Resort and Vacationer RV Park will be picked at random and announced May 30, 2013.

The 18th Annual Wings Over Gillespie is slated to feature Silver Wings Wingwalking, the PBY Catalina, the C-53 “D-Day Doll,” and John Collver’s War Dog T6/SNJ aerial display. Wings Over Gillespie is presented by Air Group One, San Diego’s wing of the CAF, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the preservation of World War II aircrafts and the history of World War II aviation.





Missouri State Parks Promote Learn2 Camp

May 4, 2012 by · Comments Off on Missouri State Parks Promote Learn2 Camp 

Missouri State Parks is teaming up with The North Face’s Explore Your Parks Program this summer to teach families how to have an enjoyable and safe camping experience in its Learn2 Camp program.

This summer, 40 families will have the opportunity to participate in the program, which will be held at five different Missouri state parks during June, according to a news release.

Workshops will be held at the following locations:

  • June 2 – Watkins Woolen Mill State Park, Lawson.
  • June 9 – Sam A. Baker State Park, Patterson.
  • June 16 – Stockton State Park, Stockton.
  • June 23 – Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park, Wildwood.
  • June 30 – Thousand Hills State Park, Kirksville.

“It’s hard to imagine an activity that brings families together better than camping,” said Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks, a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. “Our goal is to help everyone become more familiar with camping so they too can enjoy this great experience.”

In the Learn2 Camp program, Missouri State Parks will supply the camping equipment, instructors to teach basic camping skills, a campsite in a state park campground, recipes and a list of things you should bring. Each lucky camping family should bring food for meals, bedding, personal items such as soap, and a willingness to learn and discover the outdoors.

To become one of the lucky families, entrants must tell why their family wants to learn to camp in 500 words or less. Application deadline is 5 p.m. May 11 and the winners will be notified by May 15.

A family group is considered up to six people, with at least one person 18 years of age or older. Campers will need to include adequate adult supervision for children to ensure the program can be educational and enjoyable for everyone.

To apply to be a lucky Learn2 Camp program family or for more information on the program, go to

To learn more about the parks, where the programs will be held or all state park campgrounds, visit