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RV Park and Campground Briefs

April 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

CALIFORNIA

From the Red Bluff Daily News:

Nearly 100 vintage trailers are expected to fill Woodson Bridge RV Park Saturday (April 21) near Corning, Calif.

It’s something to see, said organizer Tony Alvarez.

Alvarez, a vintage trailer enthusiast, started the rally with his daughter-in-law three years ago, he said. The first event had 13 trailers. Now, in its third year, the event already has 88 participants registered, he said. However, they expect even more to show up Saturday.

Each trailer, from the 1940s to 1960s eras, is towed by a classic car, Alvarez said.

There will be a swap meet where owners can buy and sell trailer parts.

Open house will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include a parade down the main strip of the park.

Lunch, provided by the Woodson Bridge RV Park, will be available for purchase.

Alvarez will be showing his 1954 Oldsmobile Arrow towed by a 1968 Chevrolet wagon, he said.

Anyone interested in finding out more can call (916) 539-3383.

NEW JERSEY

From the Star-Ledger:

An overnight fire at a campground in Vernon, N.J., consumed three unoccupied travel trailers, two sheds and a car before being put out by fire personnel from several surrounding communities, the chief of the Pochuck Valley Fire Department said.

“They were a total loss,” Chief Marc Cosh said of the trailers at the Tall Timbers campground and recreation area, a gated community in the northwest corner of the Garden State.

The fire, of undetermined origin, was put out by fire personnel from the Vernon and McAffee departments, Sussex Borough and Pine Island, N.Y.

Sussex County’s fire marshal is investigating, Cosh said.

ALABAMA

From al.com:

Several Alabama state park campgrounds now offer campers free Wi-Fi Internet access so park guests don’t have to be completely disconnected from the rest of the world while enjoying the great outdoors.

Parks that already offer the service include Lakepoint, Gulf, Wind Creek, and Cheaha state parks, according to a press release from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Several other parks, including Lake Guntersville, Joe Wheeler and Oak Mountain, are in the final stages of establishing Wi-Fi.

The release says the Alabama State Parks Wi-Fi network allows guests to access the Internet from anywhere in the campground instead of requiring campers be in a “hot spot” to use the service.

Several state parks that do not have campgrounds offer free Wi-Fi in or near the park office or store. The parks include Blue Springs, Monte Sano, Buck’s Pocket, Florala, Frank Jackson, Lake Lurleen and DeSoto.

 

California Park Preps for Possible Flooding

March 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Campsites at the Woodson Bridge RV park with the Sacramento River in background.

A flood warning continued for the Tehama Bridge area in Los Molinos, Calif., Wednesday (March 23), and trailer residents at Woodson Bridge RV Park in Corning were heading to higher ground as the Sacramento River continued to swell with the onslaught of spring rains and releases from Shasta, the Corning Observer reported.

Minor flooding in the area of the Tehama Bridge was reported, and a number of roads around Corning were closed due to high waters from nearby creeks.

About 30 of the 50 trailers at Woodson Bridge have been moved, said Gini Whitney, who manages the park along the Sacramento River at Vina-Woodson Bridge with her husband, George.

“Our trailers would be OK on the high end of our park, even if the river reached 189 feet,” said Whitney. “Most of them have moved back in, and only one couple left the park because of their need to be near a medical facility.”

Flood stage is 183 feet.

When the river reaches the 180 foot stage, the Whitneys monitor the river constantly, taking turns during the night so they can stay in touch with the state Department of Water Resources California Data Exchange updates.

According to Whitney, a lot of lessons were learned during the 2005 flood that she said no one would ever forget.

“If this had been 2005, we probably would have flooded again, but there has been a 180-degree turnaround since that time in flood management,” said Whitney.

She attributed the main difference in how and when water is released from Keswick Dam at Shasta.

Whitney also said they have evacuation plans, and about 50 people came to their impromptu meeting to get ready in the event the park flooded.

Whitney said not only these preparations, but the readiness that Red Cross showed by jumping right in and setting up an evacuation place during the heavy winds and rains over the weekend, had a very calming affect on the park, especially for their elderly residents.

“Volunteer Ronald Coates with the American Red Cross had cots, snacks, water and blankets all ready for us at the Veterans Memorial Hall,” Whitney said. “No words can express the peace of mind that gave so many of our people here just knowing they had a place to go if something had happened.”

Whitney said two people actually joined the Red Cross as volunteers because of the service provided for them.

She also said they appreciated all the other community volunteers that helped them out and the Tehama County Sheriff’s Department for letting Red Cross representatives come into the park.

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