The electric has been shut off for four weeks at Otter Creek Campground in Lower Chanceford Township near York, Pa., and it’s because the park is struggling financially in light of the economy, director Lori Heiland said Monday (Aug. 30), the York Daily Record reported.

Camping has been down considerably for the past three years, she said. The family-operated business does not have all-inclusive amenities, such as a swimming pool, that other campgrounds do.

The campground is trying to remedy the situation, Heiland said. Until then, the park is using generators to run operations, including the shower houses.

Campers may bring their own generators as well, and they are informed in advance that the power is out, she said.

Peco Energy, which supplies electric to the campground, terminated service because of nonpayment, spokesman Ben Armstrong said. The company works with customers in an attempt to restore service.

Heiland said she is talking with the company which owns the land the campground sits on to see if the company can help.

Otter Creek is paying higher prices for electric than other campgrounds, she said. The park cannot raise its rates until next year, and it can’t increase them too high without affecting business. The electric rate is expected to go up again next year.

The utility, Pennsylvania Power & Light (PPL), has received a few calls about the lack of electric at the campground, and the company has reached out to the park directors to find out what they are doing, said Lissette Santana, a spokeswoman for PPL Holtwood.

“That’s as far as we can go,” she said.

Some campers are understanding, Lori Heiland said. Others are upset. Some seasonal campers have chosen to leave.

The majority of campgrounds are doing well, said Debbie Smith, office manager of the Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association in New Tripoli.

“It’s a cheap vacation,” she said.

Statement from Management

Otter Creek Campground is currently an operating family owned business. As of August 30, 2010 and consistently throughout the season we have continued to provide recreational activities and facilities to people of York County and surrounding areas.

Otter Creek Campground has over 90 campsites and continues to provide primitive camping and weekend activities to customers and their families until the end of the 2010 camping season on October 31st 2010.

Thank you for your inquiry.

Wayne and Lori Heiland, directors

Otter Creek Campground