24 - November 2017 Woodall’s Campground Management Michael Pickens, owner of Water’s Edge RV Park in North Fork, Idaho, keeps his campground open through early November to accommodate hunters, who fill his park during the late fall months. Parks Extending Late Fall Season as Base for Hunters Looking for a Place to Stay Ashotsummerdayssuccumbtomorebrisk temperatures and the leaves of the oaks and maples lining the highway turn hues of bright orange, red and yellow, many campground ownersbeginpreparationstoclosetheirparks in anticipation of the coming winter. There are, however, a number of parks that begin their “secondseason”duringthistimeoftheyear— opting to embrace the throngs of outdoorsmen and women who take to the woods each fall. One such campground is Water’s Edge RV Park in North Fork, Idaho, 25 miles north of Salmon, Idaho, in the heart of the Salmon- Challis National Forest. “It’s quite the hunting park,” said Michael Pickens, owner of Water’s Edge, which sits adjacenttothestate’sgamemanagementunits number21and21A,alongtheNorthForkofthe Salmon River. “Those are big public hunting areas,andHighway93,whichweareon,splits the two units.” The park stays open from May to Nov. 8 to accommodate hunters. Elk and deer are the most popular game with hunters, but bear, mountain lion and grey wolf can also be taken in the area. The park is so close to prime hunting land thatcamperscanstayatWater’sEdgeandride their ATVs and other four-wheeled vehicles right out to their blinds. “There’s access to the public land about a quarter of a mile north of us and a quarter of a mile south of us,” said Pickens. Themajorityofhunterswhostayatthepark are RV owners. “We do have one dry cabin and it’s always full during hunting season,” added Pickens, who said all of his campground spaces also fill during the season. The campground has nine fullhook-upsandtwopartialhook-ups.“Wedo allow tent camping and we’re trying to desig- nate more tent camping spots,” he added. MichaelandhiswifeLisaboughttheparka year ago after retiring. He said hunters have useditforatleasteightyears,butWater’sEdge is also a busy destination during the summer. “It’s extremely busy for the six months that we’re open and we also have a pizzeria that’s open four nights per week,” said Pickens. Michael and Lisa moved to Idaho from Oregon to purchase the park. “Wedidn’tjustcomeheretoopenahunting campground,” he said. “We also love the location,withthemountainsandtheriver.”The couple lives just a quarter of a mile away from the property. Itisn’tnecessarytodoalotofadvertisingor to provide special amenities in order to get hunters to come to the park, according to Pickens. “We’rejustaverylaid-backcampgroundon the river,” he said. “In addition to our full hook- ups,wehavegamepolesintheparkandplenty of room to park vehicles. As soon as you leave