Latest Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds

September 20, 2013 by · Comments Off on Latest Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds 


The Texas Tenors


From a news release:

The Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), one of the sponsors of a PBS concert featuring the Texas Tenors vocal trio this past spring, has announced that the group will perform at the association’s 89th Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase in Perry, Ga., March 17-20.

According to a press release, millions of viewers met the singers as they competed on NBC-TV’s “America’s Got Talent” in 2009. To date, they remain the highest-ranking vocal group in the show’s history.

Tunes from the group’s newest CD, “You Should Dream,” scheduled for release later this year, were performed during the taping of the PBS concert on May 13 at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz. The trio was accompanied by the Phoenix Symphony and the New Life Singers university choir.

The Tenors previously performed at the association’s 84th International Convention in Redmond, Ore., in August 2010.

Other performers slated to appear during the association’s 2014 event in Perry are Southern humorist/speaker Jeanne Robertson, March 18, and singer/songwriter Sarah Getto, March 20.


From the Wilson County News, Floresville:

After more than a year, the Floresville Planning and Zoning Commission has issued unanimous approval of a special-use permit for the Pecan Springs RV Park.

From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

Campers and boaters will have to find other spots for recreation at Benbrook Lake after the Army Corps of Engineers abruptly closed Rocky Creek Park on Tuesday (Sept. 17).

The park was closed after the corps canceled a joint management agreement with nonprofit foundation Our Lands and Waters late last week.

Rhonda Paige, a spokeswoman for the Fort Worth district office of the corps, said the park is closed until further notice. She also said Rocky Creek has no camping reservations through September, but if the closing of the park continues into October — the beginning of the new fiscal year — it could have an impact.


From The Dispatch, Ocean City:

Though it seemed dead on arrival when introduced to the Worcester County Commission in August, two commissioners this week chose to resurrect discussion on possible cooperative campground changes that would allow the enclosure of porches.

Commission President Bud Church and Commissioner Jim Bunting both decided to add their name to an application that calls for the allowance of enclosed porches on cooperative campgrounds. This comes as a reversal of both commissioners’ earlier decision not to move the bill forward when it was first presented on Aug. 20.

The proposed text amendment application was originally submitted last winter by attorney Mark Cropper on behalf of the Bali Hi Cooperative Campground. The application seeks an alteration to the county code that would allow porches in co-op campgrounds to be bounded by “temporary roll or soft plastic enclosures.”

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From KPAX-TV, Missoula:

Layoffs have begun at Glacier Park Incorporated after the company failed to renew their concessions contract with Glacier National Park.

Glacier Park Inc. managed concessions at the park for over 30 years, but their contract expired earlier this year. Park officials then announced that Xanterra Parks and Resorts was able to secure a 16-year contract last month.

It’s not clear at this time how many layoffs will take place as a result of losing the bid – or how long layoffs will continue.


From the Rocky Mountain Outlook, Canmore:

A prominent former superintendent of Banff National Park is accusing the federal government of selling out the public interest in favour of commercialization of national parks.

In Facebook statements about a proposed 66-room hotel and 15 tent cabins on the shores of Jasper’s Maligne Lake, Kevin Van Tighem stated the public interest is being sold out in spite of clear messages from Canadians who don’t want more “development and diversions in their treasured national parks.”

“We are on the verge of losing 20 years worth of hard and principled work by public servants to respond to broad public concern by establishing firm limits on commercial development,” he wrote.

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Current Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds

August 22, 2013 by · Comments Off on Current Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds 


From the Pensacola News Journal:

Soggy Fort Pickens just can’t get a break.

The national seashore park remained closed Wednesday (Aug. 21) because park roads, campgrounds, parking lots and boardwalks remain flooded, six days after the park closed at the end of the day on Aug. 16 ahead of a tropical system.

Seashore officials expected the main road to flood and be smothered in sand, as it often does these days, when big surf and high tide pushed a storm surge across it over the weekend.

But the 3 inches of rain that fell that weekend along with the rain that has fallen since, has left many areas of the park underwater, even though the sand has been removed from the main road.

Park rangers will assess the flooding situation today, said seashore superintendent Dan Brown.

If the water has receded, the park might reopen to campers and visitors.

From WINK-TV, Fort Myers

Residents in the Hitching Post Mobile Home Park in Naples say heavy rains have caused floods. So in an effort to dry out their park, they pump the water into nearby drainage ditches.

The ditches flow alongside an RV park owned by Carefree Communities Inc.  just a ways down Barefoot Williams Road. Residents at the RV park say the ditches fill with the floodwaters and overflow, flooding their park.

County officials say it’s been happening for more than three decades but residents say they are still looking for a solutions. The vice president of Carefree Communites says they have hired an engineer to try and fix the problem and expects to implement changes in the next 30 to 60 days. Meanwhile, residents say they will simply try to stay dry as their streets repeatedly turn into streams.

Click here to watch a video, courtesy of WINK-TV, about this story.


From KFYO Radio, Lubbock:

Davis Mountains State Park will close from Sept. 3, 2013 through March 1, 2014, for major renovations, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Many of the park’s amenities, including the campgrounds, trails, and Interpretive Center, will not be available for visitors.

The renovations will include utility projects, a new trail system in the Limpia Canyon primitive area, and the park’s new bird viewing area will be completed as well.

The Indian Lodge and Black Bear Restaurant are unaffected by the closure.

Davis Mountains State Park and the Indian Lodge are located four miles north of Fort Davis on State Highway 18 North.


From a press release:

The Mendocino National Forest has issued a closure order for Wells Cabin Campground on the Grindstone Ranger District due to hazard trees.

The closure is in effect  through Aug. 15, 2014. However, if the hazard tree issue is mitigated, the campground could reopen earlier. The order is available online at

While the trees in the area still have green needles and look alive, resource specialists have found that the internal structure has been compromised and is rotting from the inside out. This weakening of the tree trunk poses a greater risk of sudden collapse without warning, posing a threat to campers using the facility.

“Visitor safety is our highest priority,” said Forest Supervisor Sherry Tune. “As fire season winds down this fall, we will be able to have forest personnel further evaluate the trees, identifying a safe way to mitigate the hazard so we can once again open this popular recreation site. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work on a solution.”

Violation of the closure order is punishable by a fine of no more than $5,000 for an individual, $10,000 for an organization, or up to six months imprisonment or both.


From The Advocate, Baton Rouge:

The St. James Parish Council on Wednesday (Aug. 21) approved in a 7-0 vote an ordinance amendment regulating development of new RV parks and campgrounds.

The amendment adds to the ordinance an application procedure for new RV parks or RV campground sites and specifies the areas where they can be built.

Prior to the ordinance amendment, RV parks and campsites were not included in the parish’s ordinance addressing manufactured homes and trailers.

The ordinance was enacted after complaints from residents concerned about the possibility of a new RV park opening in the Grand Point area between Convent and Lutcher.

Councilmen sought to amend the parish’s current RV parks and campground ordinance with, among other items, limitations on locations where future parks could open for business.

As a result of Wednesday’s vote, new RV parks or campground sites may not be built within 1,500 feet of any adjacent residential unit or property.

The legislation also bans new RV parks within 3,000 feet of any public playground, park or building used exclusively as a church, synagogue, public library or school, historical site or cemetery unless a letter of no objection is obtained from all adjacent residents and property owners.

Additionally, the parish’s Planning Commission from now on will require RV park developers to send notices by certified registered mail to alert property owners and residents living within 2,000 feet of a proposed building site, the ordinance said.

RV parks or campgrounds with current, valid licenses will be grandfathered in to the new law and are not required to abide by the new regulations, said Parish Attorney Bruce Mohon.




Ohio City Faces Becoming a Giant Trailer Park

June 3, 2013 by · Comments Off on Ohio City Faces Becoming a Giant Trailer Park 

City officials in Uhrichsville, Ohio, are looking to other communities in the area for ideas as they craft an ordinance to ban people from living in recreational vehicles (RVs).

They hope to have legislation ready to be passed by council at its June 13 meeting, according to the Times-Reporter, New Philadelphia.

In May, City Services Director Joe Bollon asked the council to consider such an ordinance.

As the oil and gas boom gets into full swing in eastern Ohio, there is the possibility that temporary workers might live in recreational vehicles in the city, as has happened in other areas, he said.

Councilman Jeff Gyurko agreed that it is an issue Uhrichsville must address.

“My concern is that, because of the money that could be made, this city could turn into a giant trailer park,” he said this week at a meeting of council’s Ordinance Committee.

“Something needs to be passed as soon as possible before people start sneaking it in and we’re caught,” he said.

Mayor Terry Culbertson told committee members that he already has been approached by someone wanting to open a mobile home park in Uhrichsville. “We told them we won’t issue a permit for it,” he said.

One mobile home park in the city already has nine recreational vehicles parked in it, he noted.

Culbertson said he has mixed emotions about allowing RVs in mobile home parks, but he does not want them parked in vacant lots in town with people living in them.

That could be a health and safety concern if someone is living in an RV without water, sewer or electrical connections, Bollon added.

Committee members reviewed several documents at the meeting, including a proposed ordinance written by city Law Director Doug O’Meara. They also looked at legislation from Dennison, which does not permit mobile home parks within its corporation limits.

Carrollton has an ordinance dealing with RVs, said Councilwoman Cathy Cottis, who chairs the committee. She said she wants to get a copy of it for members to consider.

The Carrollton ordinance, passed several years ago, does not permit recreational vehicles to be parked in mobile home parks, according to Denny Roudebush, Carrollton’s village administrator.

Earlier this month, Carrollton’s village solicitor sent a letter to a mobile home park owner notifying him about the ordinance. Village council had received numerous complaints about an RV at that mobile home park.

Uhrichsville’s Ordinance Committee will meet again at 5:30 p.m. June 6 to consider legislation dealing with RVs.


Louisiana RV Park’s Plan Facing A Few Snags

May 1, 2013 by · Comments Off on Louisiana RV Park’s Plan Facing A Few Snags 

The busy stretch of Highway 378 in Moss Bluff, La., could get even busier. A proposed RV park development between the 5-Star gas station and Moss Bluff Mini Storage has sparked concern by nearby residents, KPLC-TV, Lake Charles, reported.

Mister Edwards is the developer. Edwards is also the public works director for the city of Lake Charles and wanted to reach out to the residents.

“I deal with zoning issues on a daily basis and know how important it is to try to communicate with the surrounding people in that area who think they are being impacted or are being impacted and that’s why I wanted to have this meeting,” said Edwards.

Edwards explained he abandoned his original plan to develop the full property and is now proposing to develop a 43-space RV park on the back portion. Edwards said he will keep the front portion of the property commercial.

Still residents had questions.

“Many, many of our neighbors and friends that live close by have been very concerned about what this might bring to this bedroom community on this end of Moss Bluff 378,” said Tom Reeves.

“We’re concerned about transients coming in. There’s also a daycare across the street. We are also concerned these transients might not be screened. We don’t know what type of maintenance work will be in the RV park,” said Sandie Reeves.

“I moved out here to raise a family 40 something years ago and I would like it to remain a residential area,” said Judy Harmon.

Edwards said the property will be maintained, gated and depending on usage could have on-site staff. But his is just one of many RV park applications. Police Juror Shannon Spell said they have seen an increase. Spell also said with the expected influx in workforce with the upcoming industrial expansion they expect many more.

“As a result the police jury has asked the staff to look into creating RV park guidelines so that we can be proactive verses reactive when these applications come through,” explained Spell.

With the park now half its proposed size and the front portion remaining commercial residents are claiming victory.

“Because to get that front 200 feet zoned from commercial to manufactured homes would be a worse-case scenario for us. So this has been a pleasant surprise tonight when we heard this information,” said Tom Reeves.

The back portion of the property, with the exception of about a 74-foot strip, is already zoned for an RV park. The police jury will consider rezoning it for the RV park at its May 23rd meeting.


Florida Park’s Conversion Plan Hits a Snag

April 17, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

Plans to expand the Sandhill Shores Mobile Home Park in Fort Pierce, Fla., into a combination mobile home and recreational vehicle park are under way by PCA Fort Pierce Homes LLC, which owns the property.

The community has 376 lots, but 226 lots are unoccupied. Empty mobile homes sit on 39 lots.

City commissioners decided to postpone voting on the park owners’ application for conditional use at Monday’s meeting following support and opposition from residents,, Stuart, reported.

The community, formerly known as Plantation Manor, was once near capacity before the downturn in the economy. A number of homes were also lost in the 2004 hurricanes. PCA purchased the property through foreclosure in December 2008.

Many manufactured homes have remained vacant amid unfavorable market conditions and a decline in desirability, according to attorney Michael D. Pangia, who represents PCA through the Martin Aequitas law firm. However, many seasonal occupants are turning to high-end recreational vehicles as an alternative.

City commissioners approved an ordinance in November permitting combination mobile home and recreational vehicle parks for medium density residential use.

The city planning board voted unanimously to recommend the approval for conditional use at Sandhill Shores, but a number of residents from the south side of the property voiced concerns and objections at Monday’s commission meeting.

The planning department sent out 331 notifications to property owners within 500 feet of the development with 69 disapproving and 10 approving the project, according to the responses, said Ryan Sweeney, development review manager.

Residents of the bordering Lakes, the Savannahs and the Preserve communities spoke about the potential for attracting transients in RVs, the distance of RVs from the roadway, RVs parking outside late at night if the gated community was closed, the addition of children in the over-55 community and crime enforcement issues.

Bill Clancy, president of the Savannahs Homeowners Association, told commissioners heavy backup traffic with additional RVs could result because of the nearby railroad crossing and also voiced concerns about diesel fuel from engines causing health issues when the vehicles start up after being idle for some time.

Pangia said rules still are in place for the community regarding limited stays for children. The plans place RVs far into the park, separated by rows of mobile homes, away from roadways and out of sight from neighboring properties.

Maggie Stalhut, supervisor for the Sandhill Shores community patrol and coordinator for crime watch, said the area has been safe and will continue to be safe because of residents who continually watch the area.

The high-end RVs would be required to be at least 30 feet long and popup campers would not be allowed, Pangia said. Affluent seniors would most likely use the vehicles. The community, which has always attracted seasonal occupancy, would require RVs to stay at least 30 days. PCA has spent about $300,000 on improvements to facilities and recreational areas at Sandhill Shores, Pangia said.

Commissioners said they were sympathetic to both sides and were about to vote on the measure following a motion by Commissioner Reginald Sessions and second by Commissioner Rufus Alexander. However, Alexander rescinded after Commissioner Ed Becht suggested Pangia meet with the residents without risking losing the vote and waiting another six months to come back for review.

Commissioners suggested the two sides try to reach solutions on at least some issues and voted to hear the request again at their May 20 meeting.


Agency Ruling Forces Park Models’ Removal

April 5, 2013 by · Comments Off on Agency Ruling Forces Park Models’ Removal 

Visitors enjoy the grounds at Robin Hood Village Resort near Union, Wash.

The owner of Robin Hood Village Resort in Union, Wash., has decided to remove four permanent recreational park trailers or park models and resume renting spaces for traditional RVs while his legal appeal moves forward, the Kitsap Sun reported.

That’s the decision of resort owner Darin Barry after the state Shorelines Hearings Board ruled that he must obtain a shorelines permit for the trailers, according to his attorney, Jack Hanemann. The board also upheld a $12,000 fine issued by the Washington Department of Ecology.

Robin Hood Village Resort leased RV spaces near the edge of Hood Canal before the existence of the state’s Shorelines Management Act, so the development was “grandfathered in” and could continue operations. In May 2011, Barry brought in four recreational park trailers, which are structures built on an RV chassis with usable wheels, but they appear more like a small house.

Because the trailers are considered RVs by the Washington Department of Labor and Industries, they should not be considered a change in use or intensity, Barry said. In fact, leaving the trailers in place all the time would have less impact on the environment than the comings and goings of RVs, he argued.

But the shorelines board did not agree. The permanent placement of the units constituted a more intensive use, the board ruled, and the addition of landscaping, skirting and permanent stairs constituted an expansion of the development. Those changes triggered the need for a permit, the board said.

Hanemann said Barry discontinued use of the trailers while the matter was pending before the shorelines board, and now he will remove the units. But he still believes the trailers should be allowed on the site without a permit, his attorney added, and Barry will appeal the case to Mason County Superior Court.


Neighbors Prefer Homes Over RV Park

March 22, 2013 by · Comments Off on Neighbors Prefer Homes Over RV Park 

A drawing of the proposed Love Creek RV Resort and Campground near Lewes, Del., has been superimposed on this photo by Ron Arthur for the Cape Gazette.

Opponents of a proposed RV park near Lewes, Del., are using a Sussex County financial report to show that home construction on the same 162-acre parcel would result in millions more dollars in revenue to the county through taxes and building related fees.

During testimony at two public hearings, Greg Kordal, a resident of The Retreat at Love Creek, said 315 homes built on the 162-acre parcel would generate almost $1 million more in one-time revenue and more than $240,000 in annual revenue to the county. Kordal said over 20 years, 315 home sites would generate more than $9 million in revenue compared to just under $3 million by the RV park, The Cape Gazette reported.

Nick Hammonds, representing the developer, said the RV park would have several positive economic impacts including job creation with construction and ongoing full and part-time employment with incremental employment at businesses used by campers such as restaurants.

He said the park owner would pay gross receipts, income, payroll, property and franchise taxes as well as water and sewer impact fees, ongoing utility service charges and license and permit fees, which all contribute to county or state revenue.

Hammonds said the average tourist coming to Delaware spends $564 per trip and $104 per day. “Additionally, many people that visit this area fall in love with it and end up purchasing a home,” Hammonds said.

Jack Lingo Asset Management has two applications pending for Love Creek RV Resort and Campground. The developer is asking for a conditional use and a zoning change from GR, general-residential district, to AR-1, agricultural residential, for 74 acres of the parcel. If approved, the entire 162-acre parcel would be zoned AR-1. Campgrounds are prohibited in GR zones.

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Lake George Park Wants to Add 88 Sites

March 18, 2013 by · Comments Off on Lake George Park Wants to Add 88 Sites 

One of the seasonal sites at Ledge View RV Park.

The town board in Queensbury, N.Y., is pursuing two changes to zoning that would enable Ledge View RV Park to add about 88 seasonal campsites to the park off Route 149, which now has 150 sites.

Patty Green, the park’s co-owner, said the additional sites would enable the park to expand its clientele of primarily long-term campers who come from Florida to spend May through Columbus Day in the region, the Glens Falls Post Star reported.

“It’s not for tent camping anymore. It’s luxury homes on wheels,” she said March 11 at a town board workshop.

Green said the expansion is not intended to compete with Lake George RV Park or the proposed Chocolate Moose Campground.

Those parks, she said, focus mostly on families, who stay for short periods of time.

The proposed expansion, like the campsites, would be open seasonally, with some RVs being stored during the winter but not used.

The RV park is separate from a next-door mobile home park the family also operates.

For the owner to move forward with the expansion, the board must approve a change in zoning on 43 acres of land to the east of the RV park to match the park’s zoning classification.

A portion of the 43 acres would be left as open space.

The board also must change language in its zoning code that limits campground use to no more than 120 consecutive days and no more than 200 days in a calendar year.

The RV park is exempt from the town restriction because it existed before the regulation was put in place.

The Adirondack Park Agency will have to approve the time restriction change, even though the campground is outside the Adirondack Park, because other campgrounds in town, which will be affected by the change, are in the park, said Craig Brown, the town’s zoning administrator.

The language might have to stipulate the change applies only to campgrounds outside the Adirondack Park, he said.

Board members said they are agreeable to the proposed changes.

The board will schedule a public hearing on the proposed changes at a future meeting.



Missouri Town Passes Rules for RV Parks

March 13, 2013 by · Comments Off on Missouri Town Passes Rules for RV Parks 

The Planning and Zoning Commission in Ashland, Mo., voted Tuesday (March 12) to implement regulations for “travel trailer parks” within city limits. While there are no current applications for a travel trailer or RV park, city leaders said Ashland needed to specify the differences between mobile home parks and travel trailer parks, KOMU-TV, Columbia, reported.

In November, the owners of Golden Windmill Mobile Home Park wanted to put multiple travel trailers on some of their empty lots. However, city ordinances do not allow travel trailers to occupy lots in mobile home parks. Community Development Director Charles Senzee said Ashland needed regulations if and when a company requests implementing a travel trailer park.

The Planning and Zoning Commission voted in favor of regulations that specify both the size of land and the size of vehicles that would make up a travel trailer park. Such a park would have to take up at least 10 acres of land and house travel trailers no more than 32 feet long for no longer than 90 days. Senzee said Ashland researched many cities’ policies about travel trailers and modeled its current codes after those of Jefferson City.

Senzee said the city may eventually have an operational RV park to meet demand for travel trailer parking during MU’s football season. “There has been some discussion about what Ashland is going to do in the future to accommodate the SEC and SEC fans,” Senzee said. “There have been conversations about a hotel/motel and conversations about RV parks have started.”

The Planning and Zoning Commission agreed to implement certain regulations for travel trailer parks, but the commission agreed to further discuss the issue and vote on a more full proposal in the future.


The Latest Briefs for RV Parks & Campgrounds

March 1, 2013 by · Comments Off on The Latest Briefs for RV Parks & Campgrounds 


From the Lake Expo, Osage Beach:

Voices of opposition prevailed during a Camden County Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing on Feb. 20. As a result, the commission tabled a request by Greg Reinhold, Red Oaks Resorts LLC to rezone a 60.4 acre tract of land from R-1 Low Density Residential to B-2 General Commercial for the expansion of a proposed RV Park area.

The property is located at Lake Road 5-65 and Marina Road in Sunrise Beach and it is scheduled for improvements, including the installation of necessary utility services, gravity sewer mains, water mains, and access roadways to accommodate the installation of 200 RV pad sites for seasonal rental use.

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From the Moab Times-Independent:

The Moab Kampgrounds of America (KOA) campground will have space for six additional 45-foot RV trailers this summer.

The Grand County Council voted unanimously Feb. 19 to approve campground owner Greg Robinson’s request for a conditional use permit that will allow the expansion.

Robinson and his wife, Sue, have owned the campground at 3225 South U.S. 191 for the past two years. In peak months during 2012, Robinson said, the facility could not accommodate all potential customers who had the larger RVs.

The big rigs often pull cars or jeeps, which requires a total of 70 feet of parking space, according to Robinson. The new RV camping spaces will be developed on just less than 2 acres at the 16-acre campground.

Robinson had previously said he hopes to start construction on the expansion in March.

The KOA currently has 140 sites, including 38 for tents, 27 cabins, and the remainder for RVs of varying sizes, Robinson said.


From the Chattanooga Times Free Press:

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has announced its seasonal campgrounds will open March 15 for this year’s recreational season.

TVA said it operates more than 80 public recreational areas, which includes campgrounds and boat ramps. The campgrounds it manages hosted more than 61,000 overnight stays last year.

The 2013 season for most of the campgrounds will run through Nov. 18, though Douglas Dam and Pickwick Dam tailwater campgrounds will stay open through Dec. 16, a news release said.

TVA said it will no longer manage Barton Springs campground on Normandy Reservoir near Manchester, Tenn., or Mallard Creek campground on Wheeler Reservoir in Hillsboro, Ala. It said they will probably open in early May with a commercial operator.

Loyston Point campground on Norris Reservoir near Andersonville, Tenn., has been under management by a commercial operator since 2011.


From The Associated Press:

A former state parks employee who illegally cashed out thousands of dollars in vacation time for himself and others as the department was struggling with budget deficits must pay a $7,000 fine.

The California Fair Political Practices Commission said that Manuel Lopez cashed out about 524 hours of his own vacation time for payments totaling $28,647. The other payouts involved 56 people and totaled $300,000.

They came to light last summer as the state was considering shuttering 70 parks to close budget gaps.

The commission said that Lopez was not allowed to approve such payouts in his capacity as the deputy director of administrative services in the state Department of Parks and Recreation.

Lopez resigned from the department over the scandal. He could not be immediately reached.

From the Visalia Times-Delta:

Officials at Kings Canyon National Park are seeking input from the public on a proposal to raise use fees for three of its group campsites.

The National Park Service is considering raising the current $40-a-night fee at sites A, C and D at the Canyon View Campground in the Cedar Grove area by $10. Each site can accommodate 20 to 40 people.

Park Service officials say raising the prices would put the fee more in line with other large campsites at Kings Canyon and neighboring Sequoia National Park.


From the Statesman Journal, Salem:

Two campgrounds on the Willamette National Forest could be converted from first-come, first-served individual sites to reservation group campgrounds.

The Sweet Home Ranger District is taking comments on the proposal to change Fernview and Lost Prairie to reservable campgrounds during the summer.

Historically, neither campground sees much use except on occasional weekends, Forest Service officials said.

If the conversion is approved, Fernview and Lost Prairie would be available for reservations up to four days in advance for visitors between Memorial Day and Sept. 30. If on a given day no group has reserved the campground, individual sites would be open on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Group sites have become popular destinations, and many are rented up to a year in advance.

“The Willamette National Forest strives to meet the changing needs of its users by offering uses concurrent with societal trends,” said Jon Meier, the district’s recreation planner.

The campground operator, Linn County Parks and Recreation, asked for the change to help meet the demand for group sites, he added.

“We found it an interesting idea and are soliciting public feedback,” Meier said.

Fernview, which has 11 individual campsites, is about 22 miles east of Sweet Home on Highway 20. Changing Fernview to a group site would allow up to 60 people to reserve the entire campground for $125 a night.

Lost Prairie is about 38 miles east of Sweet Home on Highway 20, and has four car-accessible campsites and six walk-in sites. Changing the campground to a group site would allow parties of up to 60 people to reserve the entire campground for $125 a night.



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