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Tar Heel State Parks Begin Reservation System

The North Carolina State Parks System launched an Internet and call center reservation system Wednesday (April 22) for nearly 3,000 campsites, picnic shelters, cabins and community buildings. Visitors can make reservations at 31 of the 37 parks across the state,...

Park Owner Offers to Pay for Traffic Signs

Campground owner Steve Kiesler was willing to help pay for highway safety signs in front of his campground on Highway 14 near Waseca, Minn. But in the end, government told him, “Thanks but no thanks.” “For 37 years we’ve been trying to improve the area,” said Kiesler....

N.Y. Park District Sees 30% Reservation Hike

Despite all the dismal forecasts elsewhere for the 2009 travel industry, regional state parks commission officials near Niagara Falls, N.Y., are optimistic it will be a year of solid revenues for the area state parks, according to the Niagara Gazette. “We’re looking...

'The Rally' in Albuquerque Attracts 3,112 Rigs

Affinity Group Inc.’s (AGI) annual rally — know nationally as ”The Rally” — drew 3,112 registered motorized and towable RVs April 16-20 to an encampment at Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque, N.M., and to exhibits at the Expo New Mexico fairgrounds several miles...

Michigan Eyes License Fee for State Parks

Five years ago, state park officials in Montana found themselves where Michigan is today: Losing general fund support and taking in inadequate user fees to sustain the state’s park system. They came up with a novel idea: Do away with windshield stickers and...

National Parks Get $750M Stimulus Injection

The National Park Service will invest $750 million in 750 restoration and protection projects at parks across the country to create jobs and preserve American history and heritage for future generations, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced Wednesday (April...

ReserveAmerica: Camping Reservations Up 12%

The struggling economy is proving good news for at least one group of businesses – campsite operators. More vacationers are turning to tents and RVs instead of transcontinental flights and pricey hotels, according to the Santa Rosa (Calif.) Press Democrat. “We...

British Columbia Parks Pare Camping Season

British Columbia Parks is cutting back on the camping season in 45 provincial parks as part of efforts to trim expenditures during the economic downturn. Budget estimates for the ministry of environment’s operating expenses for 2009-2010 are $239 million, down $24.3...

New Texas RV Park Opens Next Week

Don Zahn will have an official open house at his new RV park near Graford, Texas, Lakeside RV Resort, on May 2. The park, located on the east side of Possum Lake, features 18 concrete pads with full hook-ups. In addition, there are 10 overflow locations that don’t...

Plague Found in San Diego Camp Squirrel

Plague has been found in the squirrel population at the popular Doane Valley Campground on Palomar Mountain in northern San Diego County, health officials said Wednesday (April 22). While plague is not uncommon among the squirrels there, this year’s discovery is...

RV Park Owner Given Six Months for Repairs

The Alvin, Texas, city council has given the owners of the Tidelands RV Park in Alvin, Shanti Gala and partner Roger Somaiya, six months to make repairs and bring the park into compliance with the city’s RV ordinance, according to the Alvin Sun-Advertiser. The ruling...

High Water in Lake Will Spur Boating, Camping

For the first time since 2001, the water on Lake Oahe –a major recreational area in the center of the state created by the dammed waters of the Missouri River — has reached a level high enough to open all 25 state-maintained boat ramps. The last ramp on...