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South Dakota Public Camping Use Rose 10% in 2009

2009 was a record year for camping and visitation at state parks and recreation areas in South Dakota, according to The Associated Press. State Parks Director Doug Hofer said the higher numbers came in spite of a shaky economy and higher park entrance fees. Campground...

New California Park Owner Meets with Residents

Lawrence Andrews, the new owner of River Grove RV Park on Highway 9 in Felton, Calif., visited the property Wednesday (Jan. 6), the day after he said he would retract a Jan. 4 notice announcing plans to close Jan. 11 for long overdue maintenance repairs. Andrews has...

Camping Up 1% in '09 at Maine's 12 State Parks

Maine officials are saying 2009 was an up year for attendance at the state’s parks despite the poor economy and last summer’s rainy weather, according to the Nashua (N.H.) Telegraph. According to the Bureau of Parks and Lands, the number of visits to state parks...

City Nixes Beachfront Overnight RV Parking

A proposal to allow recreational vehicles to park overnight at a small section of Easton’s Beach parking lot fell flat Wednesday (Jan. 6)  as members of the Newport Beach (R.I.) Commission voted overwhelmingly not to endorse the plan. A proposal that would have...

27-Site RV Park Project Called 'Low Impact Use'

Citing the Cordes Junction community plan, the Yavapai County Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday (Jan. 6) approved a proposal for a 27-site RV campground in Cordes Junction, Ariz., 40 miles north of Phoenix. Sam and Tina Knoy of Prescott hope to open the...

Community Warmly Welcomes Back Winter Texans

Gene and Linda Grabill’s home is like any other. Carpeted floors, reclining chairs and a cushy sofa dot the living room, while the hot chocolate-scented candle adds to the comfort factor. The difference? Their home is on wheels. The Grabills are Winter Texans....

Corps of Engineers' Camping Site Use Growing

Editor’s Note: Derrick Crandall, president of the American Recreation Coalition (ARC), shared these numbers on the role the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plays in the nation’s camping industry. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is the nation’s...

Best Parks in America Reaches Out to New Members

Best Parks in America congratulated the top 9% of RV parks and campgrounds – only 700 parks – that have earned a Woodall’s 5W rating and urged them to consider joining the Best Parks network. “Achieving such a high score is no easy feat,” said David Gorin,...

Conservationists Worry About Parks Canada Plan

Canadian conservationists are worried a push by the federal government to attract more city slickers to Rocky Mountain national parks will hurt the wildlife and fragile ecosystems the parks were created to protect. Parks Canada released management plans last fall that...