Latest Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds

July 1, 2013 by · Comments Off on Latest Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds 


A First Time Camper campsite set up in Idaho.


From the Idaho Press-Tribune, Nampa:

Camping can be daunting. There’s skills and knowledge required to get a fire going, avoid poisonous plants and not have a nasty encounter with the local wildlife. The North Face First Time Camper Program offers the solution.

Idaho will host a First Time Camper Program at Priest Lake State Park, Hells Gate State Park and Lake Cascade State Park. The program makes equipment, except for sleeping bags and food, available for free to individuals and families who may never have had the opportunity to experience the wonders of camping.

The aim of program is to bring families together in the great outdoors. These camping programs are overnight experiences for those new to camping, or for those who could use a refresher. The focus will be on the basics of camping, and give your family the skills to enjoy a night out in the great outdoors. No prior outdoor knowledge is needed.

Activities may include: fundamentals of camping, staff-led nature hike and plant identification, wildlife interpretive programs, fishing, geocaching, canoeing, outdoor cooking instruction or tips on sustainability and fire safety.


From the Lethbridge Herald:

It didn’t take long for Waterton Lakes National Park to nearly return to full speed.

Most facilities that were damaged by the June 19 storm were repaired and reopened, in time for the Canada Day long weekend. This includes all campgrounds and most trails and roads. Work to repair the Akamina Parkway, which sustained the heaviest damage, will start this week.

The Akamina Parkway is still temporarily closed because of dangerous road conditions, and the closure includes all trails from the parkway, and applies to hikers, cyclists, equestrians and vehicles.

Waterton Lakes’ trails have been assessed, and current conditions can be found at Trail Report at: The trail crew is working to make repairs to damaged trails, and advise visitors to use caution on some trail sections.

To help alleviate traffic problems on the Red Rock Parkway, a shuttle service will start today from Tamarack Outdoor Outfitters, for a fee.

Parks Canada has also brought in extra manpower and equipment to repair and open facilities. The Red Rock Parkway was cleared of all flood debris and damage and opened, a retaining wall was installed to stabilize the failed slope near the Visitor Centre and the sewage lagoon dike was stabilized and repaired. Within days of June 19′s heavy rains, which caused all three campgrounds to be closed and evacuated, they were open again.

On June 19, the park received more than twice the amount of rain which normally triggers a flood watch.

Arkansas state park app in use.


Exploring one of the Arkansas state parks this summer is easy with the Park Guide app. This app from Arkansas State Parks provides a map of the parks, a trail guide and announcements regarding the parks. The app is free to Android and iPhone users.


From The Goshen News:

A northern Indiana lake resort that was once a religious retreat for a century has reopened to visitors after being shut down five years ago.

The first guests checked into the Oakwood Inn Resort & Conference Center at Lake Wawasee near Syracuse in mid-June after extensive renovation work was done.

Oakwood Inn manager Jeremiah Heierman said the property was in relatively good shape after being unused for several years and that the renovations were mostly to update the decor.

“We flipped a hotel in basically 120 days,” he said. “Everything got stripped out of here from the flooring, wallpaper, ceilings, all the fixtures. Basically the building was gutted and has been redone.”

The resort first opened as a religious retreat center in 1893 and covers 27 acres midway between Fort Wayne and South Bend. A development company, which has spent $6 million on renovations, took over the site after it was in court receivership because of financial troubles with the nonprofit foundation that owned it.

The resort has about 80 rooms and a restaurant, along with two convention halls, 10 vacation homes and eight cabins.

Heierman said more upgrades are part of a three-year plan for the site.

“We started with the inn and then we’re going to branch out and really work on the rest of the stuff on the property,” he said. “The inn was our main focus right now. The restaurant is up and going, that’s going to be a really big part of the environment here on Lake Wawasee.”


From the Mansfield News Journal:

Five Ohio State Parks and an Ohio State Park Lodge have received Service Excellence Awards, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

These annual awards are based on customer feedback, including customer satisfaction surveys, and are given to individual facilities in recognition of excellent customer service and outstanding amenities.

Malabar Farm was ranked by visitors as the best day use park, and Paint Creek State Park was the choice for smaller campgrounds. West Branch State Park was named top park for large campgrounds, Pymatuning State Park was named best cottage park and Deer Creek State Park had the best golf course.



Camping 101 — Four Weekends at Ohio Parks

June 13, 2013 by · Comments Off on Camping 101 — Four Weekends at Ohio Parks 

Ohio state parks will offer families an opportunity to experience camping for the first time with all the gear provided, along with helpful tips from experts, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

“Camping 101” weekends are scheduled for June 21-23 at Alum Creek State Park, June 28-30 at Deer Creek State Park, July 12-14 at Buck Creek State Park and July 19-21 at Delaware State Park.

Up to 10 families, or groups up to six, can participate in each “Camping 101” weekend. The “Camping 101” participants get two nights of camping at a discounted rate of $20 per night, plus some meals, and free use of camping equipment including a six-person tent, sleeping bags, camp chairs, cooler, cook stove and skillet.

Each “Camping 101” group will be assigned to their own scenic campsite with a picnic table and fire ring, with campground restrooms and showers nearby. This program is specifically targeted for families who are interested in learning how to camp.

Camper hosts at the participating parks will offer help for the first-time campers on the basics, such as campsite set-up, outdoor cooking and building a campfire. Other activities planned for the weekend include nature programs and hikes, family fishing and movies at the campground amphitheater.

Interested persons can register by calling (614) 265-7077 or sending an email to with their preferred date and location. Participation is limited to the first 10 groups to sign up for each location on the specified date.

‘Explore Your Parks’ is a nationwide program sponsored in Ohio by The North Face. In addition to providing the camping gear for the “Camping 101” program, The North Face stores in Columbus and Cleveland are also offering discount coupons for 25% off camping at any Ohio State Park with purchase of a product.


Latest Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds

May 13, 2013 by · Comments Off on Latest Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds 


From NBC News, Columbus:

The dog park at Alum Creek State Park has been reopened for public use after being closed due to a report of the canine parvo virus.

According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), park personnel were alerted by a caller that a 7-week-old puppy brought to the park was diagnosed with the virus.

The virus can be life-threatening for puppies that have not received all of their shots.

ODNR says that adult dogs that have been properly vaccinated are at very low risk.

“We do not want to put any animal or person that comes to any of our Ohio State parks at danger, so the minute we found out about this, we took the necessary steps to make sure,” said Mark Bruce, of ODNR.

A veterinarian from the Ohio Department of Agriculture inspected the grounds and observed no indications that the park was contaminated with the virus.

The park area was thoroughly cleaned by park personnel, and as an extra precaution, was disinfected.

Anyone who visited the dog park in the last week is urged to contact their veterinarian with any concerns.

Symptoms to watch for include vomiting and diarrhea, experts said. Humans cannot contract the virus.


From the Asbury Park Press:

The federal Department of Interior has appropriated approximately $475 million to help repair damage from superstorm Sandy at national parks, refuges and historic places across the state.

The funding includes about $20 million for restoration projects at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Ocean County. The repairs will include reconstruction of roads, trail repairs and electrical improvements, Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., announced May 10 in a news release.

“This specific funding through the Department of Interior will not only enable the restoration of public areas, facilities and roads, but it will also help re-energize local economies and reopen areas damaged by Sandy to visitors and recreational activities,” Smith said in the release. “This funding is another step toward a full recovery for our state. New Jersey is resilient and with a little help, we are rebuilding stronger.”

In addition to the parks, historic preserves and refuges, Smith said funding is also targeted specifically for the relocation and rebuilding of the department’s Ohmsett facility located on the installation’s land leading to Sandy Hook Bay and operated by Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.


From Your News Now, Albany:

Smokers will now have to put out their cigarettes in some locations if they want to enjoy the great outdoors in a New York state park.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state is expanding the number of smoke free areas at state parks, pools, historic sites and beaches.

The governor said residents should be able to enjoy the outdoors without worrying about pollution or secondhand smoke.

Since the new restrictions will vary from park to park, the state has posted a list of the new rules on its parks website.


From the Pueblo Chieftain:

School board members in Alamosa sold the former Polston Elementary School property Thursday (May 9) to an Alamosa man who hopes to develop the 38-acre site into an RV park and campgrounds.

In approving the $500,000 sale to David Russell, board members passed over a competing proposal to build a park and community produce garden that would have brought the district an extra $255,000 in sale price.

Board President Bill Van Gieson said after the meeting that the RV park proposal held the potential to return revenue to the district by increasing the tax base.

“In 10 years we’ll gain that back in just the property taxes,” he said.


From KFSN-TV, Fresno:

New emissions standards have now made many boats illegal to operate at state parks, and some boaters say it’s a bad move.

Starting Sunday, state park officials now have the power to cite boaters who violate the new emissions standards. The emissions standards mostly apply to 2-stroke outboard engines. Those engines burn a mixture of gasoline and oil, and if they are older than a 2001 model — they do not qualify.

A two-star sticker on the side of Xavier Torres’ boat engine means it is a low emissions engine — making it compliant with the bureau of reclamation’s new emissions standards. But Torres is still unhappy about the new rule. “I know a lot of people are trying to sell their jet skies, get rid off all that stuff. It’s really sad and unfortunate.”

Park rangers say the change is meant to have a positive impact on air quality across the state. “I think you’re going to see more lakes and parks going to these emissions standards. We’re trying to get clean air here in the Valley, we all know what that means for people with asthma and health problems,” said Sgt. Mark Deleon, California state parks.

“We do have enforcement options such as citations. However, we’re still trying to transition. This was enacted in the general plan back in 2010. We’re still trying to facilitate this process and let the public ease into this,” said Deleon.

Four-Stroke engines are not impacted by the new standards, and so far state park officials say no citations have been given out.


From The Associated Press:

South Carolina’s tourism industry has bounced back after the Great Recession with tourism spending reaching a record $16.5 billion, according to figures released last week by the state Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

“We’re pretty well back now,” said Duane Parrish, director of the state agency. The numbers released to the Associated Press show that, during 2011, tourism spending was up almost 10% and has surpassed the previous record $15 billion of 2008.

Click here to read the entire story.


McDonald’s Partnering with Ohio’s State Parks

May 3, 2013 by · Comments Off on McDonald’s Partnering with Ohio’s State Parks 

McDonald’s is teaming up with Tourism Ohio and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to bring you good things that keep getting better, according to a news release.

Right now, when you buy a large drink at McDonald’s, you can cash in the cup for great deals at some of Ohio’s most popular attractions, including those listed below. For more great deals, visit Discover Ohio to Go.

At Ohio State Park Campgrounds

Present a Discover Ohio To Go cup at any Ohio State Park Campground and receive 25% off one night of camping (valid Sundays through Thursdays).

Visitors may only redeem one cup per night. Offer available April 29, 2013, through June 12, 2013. Offer only available on a walk-in basis. Offer cannot be combined with any other discount.

At Burr Oak, Hueston Woods & Shawnee Lodges

Stay two nights, save 20% at Burr Oak, Hueston Woods and Shawnee lodge & conference centers.

Show a Discover Ohio To Go cup at check-in and stay two or more consecutive nights at any of the above three Ohio State Park Lodges to save 20% each night. Offer valid May 1, 2013, through Aug. 29, 2013. Valid on lodge rooms only, does not include cabins. Based upon availability and blackout dates apply. Advance reservations required. Not available for groups or during special events. One cup per visit per room.

At Deer Creek, Maumee Bay, Mohican, Punderson & Salt Fork Lodges

Get a $50 lodge credit that can be used for activities, food and beverage, and golf at Deer Creek, Maumee Bay, Mohican, Punderson and Salt Fork lodge & centers.

Present a Discover Ohio To Go cup upon check-in to receive the $50 lodge credit. Valid for non-discounted rooms Sunday through Thursday nights from April 1, 2013 through Aug, 31, 2013. No other discounts will apply. Offer based on availability and reservations must be made in advance. One cup per visit per room. Refunds will not be given for unused lodge credit.


Latest Briefs for RV Parks & Campgrounds

April 23, 2013 by · Comments Off on Latest Briefs for RV Parks & Campgrounds 


From The Facts, Clute:

There’s not a single RV park within the Sweeny city limits, but the Sweeny City Council has appointed a committee to make recommendations that could change that.

At their meeting last week, the council appointed a committee of one of its members, one city official and three members of the community to look into the issue and report back with a recommendation.


From The Associated Press:

The director of Alabama State Parks has outlined plans for possible expansion of park lands and ways to pay for budget shortfalls.

Greg Lein says the parks cannot depend on income from a proposed Gulf-front resort for funding. His department is still figuring out where to get the money to upgrade and expand the system. In addition, some repairs and maintenance projects have been delayed or put on long-term hold.

Among the options on the table for creating revenue is finding matching funds for a possible user fee on camping equipment and the sale of vehicles passes that would allow access to all parks.

Since the 1970s, the number of state parks has remained the same, at 22, and officials would like to open new areas for recreational use.\


From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

Lake Erie parks in Cleveland are going to be operated by the city parks division again instead of the state of Ohio.

The Cleveland City Council voted unanimously Monday (April 22) to transfer management of the state parks along 14 miles of lakefront to Cleveland MetroParks.

Most of the parks belong to the city but have been leased by the state since 1978.

The Plain Dealer reports that one of the last steps necessary for the deal happened April 1 when Gov. John Kasich signed a $7.6 billion transportation and public safety budget bill.

It terminated state leases on the lakefront parks and transferred $14 million in state money to help bring the parks up to standard.

Latest Briefs from RV Parks & Campgrounds

April 9, 2013 by · Comments Off on Latest Briefs from RV Parks & Campgrounds 


From KPTV-TV, Portland, Ore.:

A man is on the run after investigators said he stabbed a man with a sword.

It happened at the River City Trailer and RV Park in Longview the night of April 4.

Investigators said two men were arguing over the sword, when Kevin Mathis punched the victim in the face and took off with it.

Officers said the victim followed Mathis outside, where they said Mathis stabbed him multiple times with the sword then ran off.

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for his wounds.

Police have not been able to find Mathis.


From The Associated Press:

The state is offering campers a free night’s stay at Ohio’s state parks for one day this month. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says visitors can camp for free at 54 campgrounds on April 18. The agency’s director says the free stay gives people a chance to explore new parts of the state and discover Ohio’s parks.


From WMTW-TV, Portland:

Maine state parks officials are offering their First Time Campers raffle again this year as the camping season draws closer.

Forty-four Maine entrants will be randomly chosen to win a free weekend of camping this summer at one of 11 state park campgrounds. This raffle is open only to Maine families and individuals who have never before gone camping. Each winner will get the free use of camping equipment and be supported by park staff.

This year, one of those winners also will be the grand-prize recipient of a $1,000 gift certificate from the program’s major sponsor, L.L.Bean.

Raffle applications are available on line and at Maine State Parks. They will be accepted from Monday to May 31. The random drawing will be held on Tuesday, June 4.


From The Billings Gazette:

With the big-boy RVs stretching nearly 50 feet, many pulling trailers full of toys, turning and parking in campgrounds can be a problem.

People no longer back into campsites, they want drive-throughs. That change and the demand for more modern amenities helped create more work for Doug Mulvaney at Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA).

“Probably the biggest challenge in the industry in the last 15 to 20 years is addressing the size of the RVs being manufactured,” said Mulvaney, KOA’s manager of facilities development.

While working for the former Montana Power Co., Mulvaney handled underground electrical utilities. He uses that experience to help modernize some of KOA’s 550 campgrounds, many designed decades ago.

“The biggest thing I do, year in and out, is upgrading electric service, usually to 50 amps,” he said.

Campground owners also must respond to RV manufacturers moving the location of utility hookups on the RV. They may have to offer plug-ins on both sides or install front and back sewer hookups, Mulvaney said.

Redesigning curves to allow a wider turning radius for the big rigs and consolidating and angling camp sites for drive-through access are his other duties.

“There are several campground layouts where you kind of look at it and scratch your head,” Mulvaney said.


From, Gainesville:

In a move to keep recreation operations within budget, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Friday (April 5) announced that four camping areas on Lake Lanier will lose some operating hours for the upcoming season.

The affected campgrounds are Bolding Mill, Van Pugh South, Duckett Mill and Sawnee, according to the corps. Those sites will be open from 12:00 p.m. Thursdays through 3:00 p.m. on Sundays beginning next week.

Corps officials said the extended holiday weekends, Memorial and Labor days, are the exceptions.

The cost cutting move also includes some service reduction at several Lanier facilities for things such as mowing, gate attendant hours and trash pick-up.

“These reductions are not related to sequestration but are required due to flat budgets and increased costs,” E. Patrick Robbins, spokesman for the corps’ Mobile district said.

The Bald Ridge and Old Federal campground open April 10. They’ll take reservations throughout the week as usual, according to the corps.


From National Parks Traveler:

Visitors to Isle Royale National Park now can have a roof over their heads while staying at the Windigo end of the island in Lake Superior.

“We call them the Windago ‘camper cabins,’ and they’re really cool,” said Kim Alexander, general manager of Isle Royale Resorts, the park’s lodging concessioner.

Isle Royale draws a lot of backpackers to explore its wilderness, and outside of the Rock Harbor Lodge there really hadn’t been any place to get in out of the rain until these cabins were made available last year.

Armed with designs based on the Michigan camper cabins, park crews built two “camper cabins” with materials ferried out to the island. Not elaborate, the cabins, which rent for $50 a night, offer bunk beds and futons that combined can handle six people, said Alexander.

While the cabins are wired with electricity, there’s no plumbing; outside there’s an outhouse and a spigot for water. They also come with a small porch with chairs, a picnic table and a propane-fired BBQ grill.

Click here to read the entire story.

From MLive:

The newest way to camp at Muskegon State Park is in a cross between a tent and a teepee.

MLive reports ( ) that a yurt was built in January in the woods near the Winter Sports Complex. Park ranger Josh Fogel says yurts can be set up and taken down in a matter of hours. The one he helped build at the park will be a permanent structure rented by campers who want a different experience.

Fogel describes it as “a glorified tent,” with wood stove heat. Campers supply their own bedding, food and cookware.

Renting the yurt costs $60 a night with an $8 reservation fee.


From The Palm Beach Post:

The endangered Florida panther and so-called controlled burns, which decrease the threat of wildfires to homes and wildlife, could be the biggest losers from federal budget cuts hitting national parks and preserves in South Florida, rangers and environmentalists say.

“Fire is the most important things for all the wildlife and the landscapes in South Florida,” said Brad Cornell, policy associate for the Collier County Audubon Society.

He said that a cutback in prescribed burning, a tool frequently used in parks and wildlife preserves to burn up underbrush, could threaten homes near parks and hurt wildlife whose habitat is not renewed regularly.

Click here to read the entire story.






Ohio Lags in Mining State Park Mineral Rights

January 7, 2013 by · Comments Off on Ohio Lags in Mining State Park Mineral Rights 

This map shows the location of the Utica Shale Basin in eastern Ohio and much of Pennsylvania.

Ohio officials are more than a year behind schedule in setting up a system to allow oil and gas “ fracking” in state parks and forests, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

A state law gave Gov. John Kasich a November 2011 deadline to appoint a five-member commission that would lease park and forest mineral rights to the highest bidders. And that commission had until June 2012 to come up with rules.

“This is the state’s opportunity and the state’s business,” said Tom Stewart, vice president of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association. “They are the ones that need to decide if they are going to use the tools made available to them to generate revenues from the people’s property.”

A recent Dispatch analysis of state-held mineral rights showed that Ohio could collect as much as $183 million in lease-signing bonuses. That’s if the state leased mineral rights it holds in 14 state parks and forests near areas where drilling is most active.

Drilling companies eager to tap Ohio’s Utica shale have offered signing bonuses that exceed $3,000 an acre in some regions of the state.

Kasich supported opening state parks and forests to drilling, saying the income would help erase a $500 million maintenance backlog at Ohio state parks.

Rob Nichols, a Kasich spokesman, said the delay was necessary to find good commissioners.“It’s far more important to get the right people with the right background into these positions,” Nichols said. “We’re going to have an announcement on this very soon.”

The commission must include the chief of the Ohio Geological Survey, two members recommended by the oil and gas industry, a real-estate or finance expert and a member of a statewide environmental group.

Stewart said he submitted a list of oil and gas industry candidates in December 2011.

“We sent over our recommendations and never heard anything back from them,” he said.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources officials have said little about their progress since the law was passed. Last year, the Ohio Sierra Club sued the agency for ignoring repeated requests for documents and emails regarding state parks and drilling.

The agency, which paid $9,000 to settle the suit in March, released records that showed officials had spent at least three months in different county recorder offices to find out how much Utica shale the state owns. The agency drafted proposed rules that would keep drilling rigs at least 300 feet from campgrounds and other attractions.

“This is a huge undertaking, and at this time, no time frame for final completion has been established,” spokeswoman Bethany McCorkle wrote in an email.

Environmental advocates, who argue that drilling and fracking pose a pollution threat to state parks and forests, are not complaining.

“Every day there isn’t drilling in the state parks is a good day,” said Jed Thorp, the Sierra Club’s central Ohio chapter manager. “The longer they take to create the thing, the better.”


Ohio Clears Ash Borer Problem in State Parks

December 27, 2012 by · Comments Off on Ohio Clears Ash Borer Problem in State Parks 

“D” shaped exit holes of emerald ash borers. Photo courtesy of the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.

After the non-native Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was discovered at some Ohio State Parks in western Ohio, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Forestry and Ohio State Parks formed a partnership to remove the affected ash trees.

“The Division of Forestry brings a level of expertise to this project that allows these infested trees to be removed safely, quickly and in a cost-effective way from these state parks,” ODNR Deputy Director Glen Cobb told the Fayette Advocate, Washington Court House, Ohio. “While it is disappointing to lose the ash trees, their removal is necessary to protect the safety of our visitors, which is our biggest priority.”

According to Gregg Maxfield, ODNR northern district forest manager, approximately 700-800 ash trees will be removed from Grand Lake St. Marys State Park, Indian Lake State Park and Lake Loramie State Park.

The ODNR Division of Forestry started working on removing trees from Indian Lake State Park on Dec. 11 before starting at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park. According to Maxfield, the tree removal at Grand Lake St. Marys and Lake Loramie will be completed, weather-permitting, by the end of this week. He anticipates removal of the trees from the three state parks will be finished by early January.

The leftover wood from the trees is free to any individual at each of the three state parks in designated areas from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days a week. All interested individuals should contact the park offices for more information. It is recommended that firewood from the ash trees be burned locally by April.

The park managers for the three state parks are encouraging people to participate in the Adopt-a-Tree program or donate a tree to replace the ash trees that will be removed. People interested in adopting a tree, giving a financial gift or donating a tree may contact the individual park offices for more information.

Guidelines to Drill for Oil in Ohio State Parks Released

April 12, 2012 by · Comments Off on Guidelines to Drill for Oil in Ohio State Parks Released 

Proposed rules for allowing drilling in Ohio’s state parks would require natural gas and oil companies to stay at least 300 feet — the length of a football field — from campgrounds, certain waterways and sites deemed historically or archaeologically valuable, The Associated Press reported.

The Columbus Dispatch reported today (April 12) that the proposals for drilling leases also include an 89-page list of “best management practices.”

The state in September opened its parks and other lands to drilling. Records on proposed rules were released this week after the filing of a lawsuit claiming the state Department of Natural Resources had ignored repeated requests by the Ohio chapter of the Sierra Club to review them.

Among other proposed rules, state approval would be required before companies could store drilling waste in pits.

Ohio State Parks Offer 25% Camping Discount in April

April 10, 2012 by · Comments Off on Ohio State Parks Offer 25% Camping Discount in April 

 April has been designated as “Go Camping Month” at Ohio state parks, and to celebrate, the state park campgrounds are offering a special 25 percent discount.

The 25 percent discount applies to regular camping fees in any of Ohio State Parks’ 55 family campgrounds or 16 horseman’s camps. The 25 percent discount also applies to getaway rentals, including Rent-a-Camp, Rent-a-RV, yurt, tepee, camper cabin and cedar cabin units offered at 38 state parks, WMFD-TV, Mansfield, reported.

The camping and getaway rental discount, available now through April 30, is offered on overnight stays, and cannot be combined with other discounts.

“April is a good time to get a great campsite at our most popular campgrounds that fill up quickly in the summer,” said Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Deputy Director Glen Cobb. “The parks are ready to welcome guests, and many are offering guided wildflower hikes and birding programs on the weekends for spring visitors.”

Campsites and getaway rentals can be reserved up to six months in advance by calling 866-OHIOPARKS (866-644-6727), or online at Reservations are encouraged, but not required. Each campground offers a limited number of walk-in only sites, and campers may choose any unoccupied campsite that has not been reserved during their stay.

In addition to the discount, April campers and getaway rental guests can also earn points on their Ohio State Parks rewards card, which can be redeemed later for free overnight stays when enough points are accumulated. The rewards card is available free of charge by calling the state parks’ reservation number, 866-OHIOPARKS (866-644-6727), by signing up on, or in person at Ohio State Park business offices during normal business hours.


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