Latest Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds

June 27, 2013 by · Comments Off on Latest Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds 


Red pin marks the location of Las Vegas Bay Campground. Map courtesy of Google. Lake Mead is shown in blue.


From a news release:

A portion of the Las Vegas Bay Campground at Lake Mead National Recreation Area is receiving a $200,000 renovation.

The first loop of the campground, sites 1-7 and 59-85, will be temporarily closed for one month while native trees and shrubs and an automatic, underground drip irrigation system are installed. These improvements will promote water conservation and provide shade, privacy and windbreak.

The main access road and remaining two-thirds of the campground will remain open to the public during the construction.

Funding for this project has been provided through the sale of federal lands in Southern Nevada authorized by the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act. The contractor is E-Corp from Las Vegas.

From KLAS-TV, Las Vegas:

Hundreds, if not thousands, of Nevadans are expected to visit Mount Charleston near Las Vegas this summer to stay cool and enjoy the outdoors, but finding a spot at a public campground is pretty slim.

Only two campgrounds are open this summer. Next year, another three are scheduled to open, amounting to about 50 camping spots.

At the Fletcher View campground, there are 13 sites and the Hilltop campground, 35 sites.

“If you do come to the mountain, come early,” said Shawnee Hinman of Spring Mountains National Recreation Area.


Celebrate the 4th at La Siesta Campgrounds


From a news release:

La Siesta Campgrounds in Arivaca will be celebrating its grand opening on July 4. Live music will be provided by Chuck Wagon and the Wheels. Food and other entertainment will be provided.

La Siesta Campgrounds is located at 16005 West Hardscrabble Road in Arivaca. For more information, e-mail at, visit their website at: or call (520) 398-3132.


From the Canmore Leader:

It will be a very different long weekend in Kananaskis Country.

With major roads still closed as of Tuesday, and questionable at best for the coming weekend due to flood damage, some campgrounds and facilities that sustained little or no flood damage will likely remain closed.

Glenn Naylor, district conservation officer with Alberta Parks, said Tuesday morning that nothing in his 35 years of work here matches the damage he’s seen from last week’s flooding.

“As far as disasters go, nothing comes close,” he said.

“The dollar values (for damage) in the frontcountry are staggering,” Naylor said, and there’s also immense damage to trails and bridges in the backcountry from torrential rains and swollen rivers.

Click here to read the entire story.


From ValleyNewsLive, Fargo:

The flash flooding has damped the great outdoors for campers in Fargo. The Fargo Park District had to shut down the Lindenwood Campgrounds on Wednesday (June 26) as the rapidly rising Red River started creeping toward some of the sites.

Executive Director for the Fargo Park District Roger Gress says the lower lying campgrounds in Lindenwood Park are impacted by the Red at 19 to 20 feet.

“Of course, everything is full now between now and after the fourth of July, so we’ll contact all those people and move those people out,” Gress explains.

Gress estimates it could be weeks before the water recedes and they are able to cleanup and reopen some of sites. More than 100 campers could be impacted over the several week closure.

Other parks were also impacted from Tuesday night’s rain.


Larson’s Landing a Year After Missouri Flood

September 5, 2012 by · Comments Off on Larson’s Landing a Year After Missouri Flood 

In June 2011, about 46 RVs and 22 mobile homes had to evacuate Larson’s Landing in Yankton, S.D., to leave behind what later became a lifeless area; however, now, a year later, that story is nothing but history, KCAU-TV, Sioux City, Iowa, reported.

A tight knit group of friends and family helped Doug and Linda Larson of Larson’s Landing remove thousands of sandbags and clean up the park.

Now, a year later after the flood, the park may look slightly different but has come a long ways.

It opened back up for business April 1, bringing back life to the once flooded area.

“I want to cry, not because I’m sad but because I’m happy,” said Linda. “I use to cry because I was sad. This is just a miracle.”

To help cover some of the expenses the Larson’s were given a disaster loan by the federal government.

Because it couldn’t cover all of it, the Larson’s had to use personal finances to cover the rest.

The park is planning to stay open until Nov. 1.

Larson’s Landing Celebrates a Happy July 4th

July 5, 2012 by · Comments Off on Larson’s Landing Celebrates a Happy July 4th 

Click here to watch a video, courtesy of KDLT-TV, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Celebrating the 4th of July on the banks of the Missouri River was more memorable for some this year.

Larson’s Landing in Sioux Falls, S.D., after being engulfed with floodwaters last year, is back open for business.

“Who would have thought a year ago,” said Linda Larson.

Now, the Larsons enjoy rows of RVs along the rivers edge, a sight they weren’t sure they would see by the 4th of July.

“Even though we said by the Fourth it was kind of looking like maybe that wouldn’t happen,” said Linda Larson.

But, it did. And the Larsons’ positive attitude helped them reopen the RV park.

“People come down here for the first time and never know this was all flood. You’d be in water up to your head right now,” said Doug Larson.

While people enjoy the marina, there’s still more work to be done at Larson’s Landing. Crews, even on the holiday, work to remove excess sand to make room for three additional RV pads.

“We talk about it being Linda and my park. It belongs to the campers,” said Doug Larson.

The water is gone and the campers are back.

“Isn’t this exciting?” said Linda Larson.

A long year for the Larsons who rebuild in hopes to return the smiles of families who enjoy their park.

Sioux City Park Recovering from 2011 Flood

June 22, 2012 by · Comments Off on Sioux City Park Recovering from 2011 Flood 

Out of the 115 lots at Scenic Park Campground in South Sioux City, Neb., at least 75 of them are taken, with several others on reserve for the 4th of July holiday. For the last 20 years, Fred Hayden and his wife Beverly have traveled all the way from Texas to park their RV in this spot along the Missouri River. And they say it’s the view of the Missouri that keeps them coming back to this park every year, KCAU-TV, Sioux City, Iowa, reported.

“Oh it feels like home. We like the waterfront, to stay on the waterfront,” says Hayden.

There are about eight campsites that are not available to rent yet, because repairs are still being made from last summer’s flooding. But considering the amount of damage that park saw last year, management is just happy to be up and running.

“There was a time over the winter that we didn’t know if we’d even be opened yet for this season. So we’re doing all right,” says Sue Brown, host of the campground.

Brown says she doesn’t know what type of crowd to expect for the 4th of July holiday because it falls on a Wednesday this year. But when it comes to campground business overall, Brown says the park is seeing the usual amount of campers for this time of year.

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.




Hope Keeps Larson’s Rebuilding Effort on Course

May 23, 2012 by · Comments Off on Hope Keeps Larson’s Rebuilding Effort on Course 

It was like nothing Siouxland had ever seen. Until the summer of 2011, Gavins Point Dam had never released more than 70,000 cubic feet of water per second, KTIV-TV, Sioux City, Iowa, reported.

By late May, releases were expected to reach 110,000 to 120,000 cfs. Even those estimates fell short.

On June 23, the dam reached an astounding peak of 160,000 cfs, enough to fill more than 2 million, 2-liter soda bottles every second.

That water ended up drowning an RV and trailer community called Larson’s Landing, near Yankton, S.D.

Folks made it out OK, but many of their summer homes were lost.

Larry Steinbrecher has set up camp in Larson’s Landing near Yankton, South Dakota, for three years now.

Last summer’s record flooding destroyed more than just his campsite. “For myself, it was just an unmanageable,” he said.

Sandbags were set up to keep the current from sweeping away the river bank. They’re still there.

Owner Doug Larson said they may have saved part of the land. But when the water receded, he didn’t even know where to begin.

“There was so much debris and junk and it was really just disheartening to look at it all,” said Larson.

Last year, when Steinbrecher heard about the possibility of flood waters moving in, he had moved everything out.

“We had trailers and trucks and all kinds of stuff, packed out. When we left there was nothing on our property except for sand,” said Steinbrecher.

The Steinbrechers were one of the first families to move back in after the waters receded. Now, like many other residents, Steinbrecher spends most of his days clearing the shoreline and grinding up stumps and driftwood.

“We have the second shot at doing stuff,” said Steinbrecher. “So, when we came back we really had a chance to improve on our site.”

While waters knocked out a large portion of the beach at Larson’s Landing, including a section that used to be a volleyball court, the Larsons are confident that they’ll be able to rebuild, even if it takes some time.

That hope is what keeps Larson going.

“If it wasn’t for that,” said Larson. “Linda and I would have jumped in the river a long time ago.”

Doug Larson hopes to have 30 new pads ready for residents by the Fourth of July.

RV Park and Campground Briefs

May 17, 2012 by · Comments Off on RV Park and Campground Briefs 


From a news release:

Texan RV Ranch in Mansfield, Texas, has received the “Website of the Year” award from the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO).

Park owners Rick and Jacque Calverley received the award last week in Kerrville during the annual meeting of the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO).

“I’m not a computer geek,” said Texan RV Ranch co-owner Jacque Calverley, who helped design her website with World Image Inc. “I wanted it to be really simple, really easy to use.”

But Calverley also wanted her website to be colorful and informative, while complementing, which TACO uses to market campgrounds across the Lone Star State.

The end result is a website that’s packed with information and photos as well as video tours of the 132-site Mansfield park, which is located just minutes from the many attractions of Fort Worth and north Texas sports capital Arlington. The park features pull through RV sites as well as beautiful cabins and cottages, a swimming pool, a pavilion and a fully stocked store.

“The website is pretty usable for anyone who comes to the site,” Calverley said, adding that she has also redesigned her brochures and rack cards to match the designs used on her website.

The Calverleys, however, haven’t only been working on their website. They also recently completed a new clubhouse with kitchen facilities and an exercise room.

The website is


From the Chamberlain Oacoma Sun:

Campground No. 3 at Oahe Downstream Recreation Area near Fort Pierre, S.D., is undergoing construction to repair shoreline that was damaged in last summer’s Missouri River flooding.

“Construction crews are hauling out truckloads of uprooted trees and excavated soils to stabilize the shoreline along the stilling basin,” said Pat Buscher, district park supervisor. “High water eroded the river bank, and we lost several campsites. The erosion left a hazardous condition for guests trying to access the waterfront.”

In addition to stabilizing the sloped shoreline, the project will also relocate some of the campsites that were lost because of the erosion. Camping cabins have been moved to other parts of the campground for the summer, but plans are to restore them to their original waterfront locations in 2013.

Buscher reminds campers that even though the campground will open May 18, repair work will continue into June.

Campground No. 1 is open for first-come, first-served camping prior to May 18. After that, campsites are reservable.


From the Casper Star-Tribune:

Campground improvements at several Wyoming state parks are underway and should be completed before Memorial Day.

The sites include: Sunshine Beach Campground in Seminoe State Park, Tatanka, Pat’s Point and the Beach Area campgrounds in Keyhole State Park, Whiskey Gulch, Sagebrush and Shelter Point campgrounds in Glendo State Park and campgrounds in Curt Gowdy State Park.

The improvements include level gravel campsite parking pads, new picnic tables, grills, fencing and several styles of group campsites. New toilets have also been installed in some.

Flooded Missouri River Campground Reopens This Week

April 5, 2012 by · Comments Off on Flooded Missouri River Campground Reopens This Week 

Missouri River park to reopen soon.

Click here to watch a video of the following story, courtesy of KCAU-TV, Sioux City, Iowa.

Scenic Park Campground. It was one of the first areas in Siouxland devastated by last summer’s historic Missouri River flooding. Finally almost a year layer that campground is set to reopen, KCAU-TV, Sioux City, Iowa, reported.

Last summer’s historic Missouri River flood left behind significant damage at Scenic Park Campground, located in nearby South Sioux City, Neb. Some cabins, under as much as eight feet of water, now have to be replaced. Crews are still working on getting this place suitable for its faithful campers who are waiting to make more memories.

“You lose the river, you lose your friends and stuff like that so it’s not good,” said veteran camper Mike Keegan.

And Brenda Harder says “It is devastating to see. We’ve come and checked on the progress since last year when it all started happening and we haven’t been able to camp.”

But that will soon change. This week workers have restored the electric service, water and cable that’s provided to campers. But it’s going to be hard to replace the 450 trees that were lost.

South Sioux City’s Parks Director Gene Maffit says, “Of course it takes years for trees to grow so that’s probably going to take the longest to put back. We are going to put some larger trees in this park so you’ll see some changes in the next weeks.”

The campground is expected to be open in the upcoming week but you won’t be able to make reservations until May 1.

2011 Missouri River Flood ‘Victim’ to Reopen in July

April 4, 2012 by · Comments Off on 2011 Missouri River Flood ‘Victim’ to Reopen in July 

During the Missouri River Flood of 2011, the Left Tailrace Campground at Big Bend Dam near Fort Thompson, S.D., sustained substantial damages to roads, camp pads and the site’s electrical system. The opening of this popular campground and its adjoining parking area will be delayed until July 1, 2012, to allow roughly $1 million in repairs to take place.

A contract for the repairs is anticipated to be awarded in April, and will provide for electrical repairs as well as a general paving of the campground to include the pads and parking area. These repairs are scheduled to be completed prior to July 1, the Chamberlain Oacoma Sun reported.

During this time, the Left Tailrace Boat Ramp will still be available for use by the public with minimal disruption from paving activities.

The North Shore Campground will also 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.

Flood-related repair work will be ongoing throughout the summer in the Right Tailrace, Left Tailrace, Spillway Dike, Old Fort Thompson and North Shore Beach recreation areas. The work may occasionally cause area closures and/or congestion.

These repairs are being funded as a result of the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act from Congress that was signed by the President on Dec. 23, 2011.

The Omaha District has established a special execution cell, the Omaha District Systems Restoration Team, to address an estimated $280 million in repairs on 18 levee repair projects as well as $234 million in repairs at mainstems and related flood control structures and projects along the Missouri River. In addition to contracting actions, the team provides the necessary safety and quality oversight on these projects.

Campground Status at Iowa State Parks Updated

February 22, 2012 by · Comments Off on Campground Status at Iowa State Parks Updated 

Iowa state parks hope for better season in 2012.

The three-month window to reserve a state park campsite for a Friday arrival on Memorial Day weekend opens Feb. 25. But more than a few campers have their sites reserved beginning on the weekend before Memorial Day and are staying for the entire week, the Iowa City Press Citizen reported.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is hoping for improved camping conditions after the historic Missouri River flood closed two of Iowa’s busier campgrounds at Wilson Island and Lake Manawa state parks, and temporarily closed Lewis and Clark campground, driving total camping nights down for 2011.


  • Wilson Island will remain closed for renovation in 2012, along with the campground at Lake Darling.
  • Campsites at Emerson Bay are available for reservation through May 31, before being closed for renovation the rest of the summer. There is the potential for walk-in camping at Emerson Bay after June 1, if there are delays in beginning construction.
  • After being delayed by a severe windstorm in 2011, the newly renovated Union Grove campground is scheduled to reopen for walk-ins on May 18. It will be added to the reservation system in a few months.
  • Volga State Recreation Area’s Albany campground will be open for walk-ins with 22 new electrical sites on May 18. It will also be added to the reservation system later this spring.
  • At Clear Lake, seven campsites were converted to full-service, with electricity, sewer and water hook-ups. These will be available for walk-ins only until they will be added to the reservation system.
  • The lake at Prairie Rose has been drained for improvements but the park and campgrounds are open.

Campers can log on to and enter their preferred amenities and requirements, dates and/or parks to see what sites are available and reserve a site.

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