Latest Briefs from RV Parks and Campgrounds

March 7, 2013 by · Comments Off on Latest Briefs from RV Parks and Campgrounds 


From KATC-TV, Lafayette.:

Friends of Palmetto Island has partnered with D’Arbonne Cookers, Le Chien Cookers and Louisiana Dutch Oven Society to offer the first Dutch Oven Gathering (DOG) at Palmetto Island State Park on Saturday (March 9).

Friends group members will be cooking a few pigs and serving a variety of fruit cobblers, vegetable dishes and casseroles. The event will be held in the cul-de-sac of campsites Nos. 64-67, on the North Road of the state park.

The day kicks off with a Dutch Oven Cooking 101 demonstration at 10:30 a.m., followed by a sampling of the food at noon. Attendees are invited to stick around to help organize a chapter. Dish preparation will begin at 8 a.m., so interested parties are encouraged to visit with the cookers and learn more about the art of Dutch Oven cooking. Due to the construction project in the campground, parking will be along the sides of the road leading to the campground.

The event is free and donations will be accepted. Nonalcoholic refreshments will be sold on site. Any attendees who would like to participate and cook for the event, contact the Friends of Palmetto at or (337)652-2484.

The Louisiana Dutch Oven Society is formed of chapters, each associated with a state park and hosts a DOG on a designated Saturday of each month. Find out more about the society and the currently organized chapters at Friends of Palmetto Island State Park Inc. is a local nonprofit corporation formed to enhance, promote and create greater visibility of community support in hope that such support will protect and or mitigate against unnecessary budget reductions that may result in the closing of the park.


From The Highlander, Marble Falls:

Residents of an RV park in the shadow of the US 281 bridge demolition are trying to escape choking clouds of concrete dust billowing from the project that is making life difficult for them, especially those who are elderly or suffer with respiratory problems.

“We’ve got people moving out left and right,” said Jackie Buchanan, assistant manager of the River View RV Park, who added that even she is struggling to stay in the office.

“I may just stay home and take calls from there; but what do I do about my guests?”

Buchanan said she knows at least seven people who either leave during the day or are packing up for good because — as one woman said — the dust from Omega Demolition Corporation’s work is so bad she “can no longer breathe.”


From The Associated Press:

Joshua Tree National Park rangers say they are seeing a big bump in vandalism in the park, including spray paint on its famous rock formations.

Park spokesman Dave Carney said that rangers are asking surrounding residents to help stop the recent vandalism.

Last month, rangers put the historic Barker Dam off limits after vandals carved their names into the cement of the landmark.

Carney says if vandalism is seen, the public should call 911 and try to take cell phone pictures of the vandal or their vehicle and license plate.


From a news website:

RVing Accessibility has posted on its website the first in a series of stories about how RV parks and campgrounds can make their facilities accessible to those with disabilities.

Based in Pagosa Springs, Colo., RVing Accessibility is a nonprofit organization raising awareness for outdoor recreation accessibility for the enjoyment of all persons.


The RVing Accessibility Group home page can be found at


From the News-Review, Roseburg:

A newly combined state park on the Oregon Coast near Newport has been named after a Roseburg native who served for many years on the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission and was its first chairman.

Ona Beach State Park and the adjacent Beaver Creek State Natural Area eight miles south of Newport are now known as Brian Booth State Park. The name change was unanimously approved by the commission at its Jan. 30 meeting.

“That’s fitting to name that park after Brian,” said Tom Keel, who headed Douglas County’s Parks Department for 25 years.


From a news release:

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public comments on an environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) for the proposed development of public recreation and camping amenities at Lake Vermilion and Soudan Underground Mine state parks in northeastern Minnesota near Ely.

The project includes campsites, camper cabins, group campsites, sanitation buildings and a new public water access. Future development may include a visitor center, additional camping areas, trails, adventure play areas and supporting infrastructure.

The EAW was published in the March 4 EQB Monitor. Public comments will be accepted during the 30-day public review period, which runs until 4:30 p.m. on April 3. Written comments must be submitted to the attention of: Ronald Wieland, environmental review planner, environmental policy and review unit, Ecological and Water Resources Division, DNR, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4025.

Electronic or email comments may be sent to with “LV-SUMSP EAW” in the subject line. For electronic submissions, include name and mailing address. Written comments may also be sent by fax to (651) 296-1811.

A copy of the EAW is available online at Click on “Public input,” then select “Lake Vermilion and Soudan Underground Mine State Park Development EAW” from the scroll-down list under “Environmental Review.” For additional copies, call (651) 259-5157.


From a news release:

As firefighters continue to respond to the Hopkins Prairie Fire on the Ocala National Forest and nearby private property, the Ocala National Forest has closed the Hopkins Prairie Campground to visitors effective immediately.

Fire crews from the U.S. Forest Service, Florida Forest Service and Marion County Fire Rescue continue to respond to the fire that now encompasses approximately 2,025 acres. Fire management officers have been able to get a more accurate accounting of the total acreage involved as they reinforce fire lines and mop up around structures. The fire remains around 80 percent contained.

Public and firefighter safety are a priority as they continue to extinguish the fire. Motorists are cautioned to drive slowly with lights on while traveling in smoky areas. Fog can mix with smoke and decrease visibility further.

State Road 19 North has been re-opened during the day to through traffic and area residents can return to their homes. Travelers may experience a road closure at State Road 19 North if smoke conditions worsen.

“We’re just in the beginning of wildfire season and people have to be very careful about extinguishing their campfires completely before leaving their camp sites,” said Mike Drayton, fire management officer for the Ocala National Forest.


Louisiana Budget Crisis Would Force Park Closures

February 24, 2010 by · Comments Off on Louisiana Budget Crisis Would Force Park Closures 

Louisiana spent $13 million on Palmetto Island State Park, building vacation cabins, a campground, picnic facilities and a floating fishing pier on a picturesque bayou in Vermilion Parish.

But parks officials said Tuesday (Feb. 23) that Palmetto Island won’t be able to open later this year as scheduled, based on the funding proposed in Gov. Bobby Jindal’s budget recommendations, according to Business Week.

Stuart Johnson, assistant secretary of the Office of State Parks, told the Senate Finance Committee that the governor’s budget wouldn’t pay for the new park’s opening and would force other parks to close.

“We’re going to have to make some tough decisions because we don’t want to thin the soup any more,” Johnson said. “It will mean shutting down the parks that don’t have as high visitation so we have the resources to maintain those parks that have higher visitation.”

The governor proposed an $11.4 million cut to the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism — which includes the state parks office — about a 14% cut to the department’s budget, dropping it to $83.4 million. Most agencies face budget cuts proposed in next year’s 2010-11 spending plan, to cope with a nearly $1 billion decrease in state revenue.

Johnson said the cut would mean the state parks won’t be able to hire maintenance workers, rangers, workers for fee collection stations and other employees needed to run all the parks. Johnson said his office would look at park closures and more limited hours, but he said it was too early to say which parks would be shuttered.

Lawmakers will craft a final budget for next year in the legislative session that begins March 29, deciding which agencies they want to cut and how deeply.

After a round of midyear budget cuts this year, the tourism department closed two state historic sites, an antebellum cotton plantation in Tensas Parish and an archaeological site near Natchitoches, making them available for group tours by appointment only.

At other parks, Johnson said the state already is increasing fees and managers are cleaning park cabins because of a lack of workers.

Louisiana operates 37 parks and historic sites. In addition, Bogue Chitto State Park in Washington Parish is set to open in April, and Johnson said that will remain on schedule.

Johnson said it would cost $1.3 million to open Palmetto Island State Park in the new year that begins July 1.

Members of the Senate Finance Committee complained Tuesday about the proposed cuts and asked about possible fee increases or local government help to keep the parks open.

“Can you believe we’re going to spend all this money building a park and not open it?” said Sen. Francis Thompson, D-Delhi. “We need to find a way … some way to make that park work.”