duck-creek-rv-resort-logoA solid turnout from campers and a top rating from a national publication are turning 2009 into a memorable first year for the Duck Creek RV Resort near Muskegon, Mich.

Despite the poor economy and the cool, rainy weather, the resort’s first summer tourism season has been deemed a success by its owners, Roger and Casey Jourden, according to the Muskegon Chronicle.

“We have met and, to some degree, exceeded our expectations,” said Roger Jourden II, the son of Michigan’s Adventure founder Roger Jourden. “Considering the situation, we’re happy with the way it went.”

The upscale campground across Riley-Thompson Road from Michigan’s Adventure amusement park will remain open to late summer/fall campers until Oct. 24 this year, so the final numbers of campers for the first year won’t be determined until that time. However, Roger Jourden II said he was excited that the destination resort was set to be 90% at capacity over Labor Day weekend and many campers have made reservations for next year’s holidays.

The Jourdens also expect the resort’s recent stellar rating by Trailer Life, a national online and print directory featuring more than 11,000 RV parks and campgrounds, to help boost reservations next year.

Duck Creek RV Resort received a 10/10/10 rating, the highest possible in Trailer Life’s rating system. A couple who rates Michigan campgrounds for the publication visited the local resort earlier this summer. Duck Creek RV Resort is only the second among more than 250 parks rated in Michigan to earn the top rating.

The rating system represents three categories — facilities, such as roads, sites and hookups; restrooms, including their cleanliness; and visual appearance, including trash disposal and site layout. The local campground’s rating will be included in the new Trailer Life directory, which is expected to be released in January.

Roger and Casey Jourden announced their new venture last year and opened the resort in May. State and local tourism officials are expecting the resort to become a regional draw for the area.

Duck Creek RV Resort, which features 157 campsites and many amenities, is among the largest tourism infrastructure projects in Muskegon County since the cross-lake ferry service was reintroduced six years ago.