Welcome, Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Lake Monroe!

Editor’s Note: This is the last in a series of stories about new campgrounds affiliating with Leisure Systems Inc.

Cedar Ridge Camping Resort, a five-year-old former private membership resort in Bloomington, Ind., has joined the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park chain and will reopen for the summer camping season April 16 as Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Lake Monroe.

“We want to let the community know that this park will be open to everyone for overnight camping,” said Rob Schutter, president and COO of Milford, Ohio-based Leisure Systems Inc., which franchises the Jellystone Park chain.

The park, which features 92 RV sites, 12 deluxe cabins and forested areas for primitive tent camping, is currently undergoing $200,000 worth of cosmetic improvements, including remodeled bathrooms, electrical upgrades, new rental units, a new campground store featuring exclusive Yogi Bear merchandise and park-wide wireless Internet service.

The Bloomington park will be the eighth Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Indiana. Other Jellystone Parks are located in Fremont, Knightstown, Monticello, Pierceton, Plymouth, Portage and Scottsburg. The Jellystone Park chain is the second largest network of family campgrounds in the country, with 75 locations in the U.S. and Canada.

“Becoming part of the Jellystone Park network will significantly increase the marketing exposure and business base of the Bloomington location,” Schutter said, adding that the campground was recently purchased by an investment group – Park River Ridge LLC – after health issues forced the park’s previous owners to exit the campground business.

Schutter said Jellystone Park at Lake Monroe will reserve a small number of campsites for Cedar Ridge Camping Resort members, but the majority of the campsites and all cabins will be available to the public.

Schutter also said that the park plans to offer fun family activities throughout the camping season, including arts and crafts classes, ice cream socials, extreme sports events, family movie and Karaoke nights as well as themed weekends focusing on everything from Mother’s Day and Father’s Day to Mardi Gras, Christmas in July, Fall Harvest and Halloween weekends. Special weekend activities are also planned to honor our nation’s veterans.

And all these activities have an extra element of fun with Yogi Bear participating. Yogi will be on site daily to greet campers, pose for photo ops and take part in events.

For those who are curious about activities outside the park, Jellystone Park at Lake Monroe is next to an 18-hole championship golf course as well as Lake Monroe – Indiana’s largest lake and a haven for boating enthusiasts.