b'Okla. Jellystone Forced to Close Due to Flooding study of Keystone Lake in many years. Dubois/Wind RiverSuch a study, he said, would providefordcampground, guidance on how to better manage lake KOA Adds Three Tipis HigherKeystoneLakewaterlevelsforced was closed for sev- levels.some parks on its shores to close this summer. eral weeks at the be- Outdoor recreation is not only a bigginningofthe part of Americans lives, but its a hugesummer season.economic development boost to small,Bob andBeth rural communities, Howell said, addingRyan, owners of the that he and other business operators areJellystoneParkat tryingtocreatemorepublic-privateKeystone Lake, said partnerships while forcing the Corps totheyplantomake take more seriously how they managethenecessaryre- the lakes across Oklahoma.pairssothatthey BrannenParrish,apublicaffairscanreopentheir specialist for the Corps, said Keystonepark next year. They Lake has a maximum capacity of morealso plan to elevate than 1.7 million acre-feet of water butroadsthroughout there was 8.4 million acre-feet of in- TheDubois/WindRiverKamp-theparksothat flows into the lake in May of this year grounds of America (KOA) Holiday incamperscanget which resulted in flooding. Dubois, Wyo., has added three deluxeFlooding from Keystone Lake, near intothecampgroundevenifhigh But even operating under such ex- tipis to the campgrounds lodging op-Tulsa, Okla., resulted in the closure of water levels return next year.traordinary conditions, Parrish said the tions, according to park officials.severalcampgrounds,includingthe Ron Howell, who owns and operates lake served its primary purpose, which Thehandcrafted,custom-paintedYogi Bears Jellystone Park Camp-Re- Cross Timbers Marina, which includes is flood management.tipis are now available for reservationsort at Keystone Lakein Mannford, for a 28-site campground, said his busi- He said the Corps is currently con- by phone or online. Able to sleep up toall or at least part of the summer camp- ness was also flooded by Keystone Lake ductingadamsafetymodification sixpeople,thetipisarepairedwithing season depending on their loca- for several weeks earlier this year. He study, which was underway before the modern amenities, including platformstion. notedthattheU.S.ArmyCorpsofflooding took place last spring.Jeff with fire pits and hospitality service,Keystone Harbor, another Mann- Engineers has not completed a lake CriderWCM said Cheryl Jones, the campgroundscommunity manager.If you are looking for an experienceSault Ste. Marie KOA Wins that you and your children will neverforget, you will want to spend a night inTwo Awards from Magazine one of our tipis, said Jones. We haveTheSaultSte. kids literally running across the field toMarieKampgrounds get inside. A recent guest commentedof America(KOA) Hol- that she had not seen her kids this ex-iday in Ontario, was cited in a long time.recently named Best Each tipi has a full-size futon, a bunkof The Lake for 2019 bed with upper twin and lower queenin two categories by mattresses, and a futon chair with an ot-Lake Superior Magazine, according to officials toman. at Kampgrounds of America Inc. We have had an absolutely wonder-The campground was named Best Local ful response to our tipis, with much ofCampground as well as receiving the award ourcurrentseasonsoldout,Jonesfor Best Customer Service. noted. WCMThe awards are presented annually byLake Superior Magazine and include busi-nessesfromallU.S.statesandCanadianprovinces that border Lake Superior. LLA Hospitality to Man-The Sault Ste. Marie KOA Holiday is ownedand operated by Billand Joan Richard. WCM age Campgrounds forCircuit of The AmericasCircuit of The Americas (COTA),the nations first purpose-built For-mula 1 racetrack located in Austin,Texas,andLLAHospitality,aproviderofcampgroundandRVparkmanagementservices,havejust announced a new multi-yearpartnership that includes LLA Hos-pitality overseeing the operationsof COTAs on-site campgrounds, ac-cording to officials at LLA Hospital-ity. In addition to traditional camp-ingamenitieslikeaswimmingpool,playgroundanddogpark,campers can participate in an on-track Audi driving experience andanall-ageskart-racing circuit. ThevenueisalsohometoAustinBoldFC,AustinsUnitedSoccerLeague team.We are thrilledJosh Weissenstein tohavebeense-lectedtoworkwith COTA, said LLA HospitalityCo-FounderJoshWeissenstein.Their teams vision and our mis-siontobethemosthospitablecompany in the world are in perfectalignment. WCM6 -October 2019Woodalls Campground Management'