Campsites and cabins are available and in plentiful supply for Labor Day weekend at private campgrounds and RV resorts across the Lone Star State, including the Gulf Coast, according to a news release from the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO).
“A lot of people don’t understand how big Texas is. They think just because they had a flood in Lubbock that the whole state is washed out,” said Mac McLaughlin, owner of the 127-space Hatch RV Park in Corpus Christi.
Corpus Christi itself has had it share of rain this summer, including about 18 inches in July. But most private campgrounds and RV resorts have fared just fine.
“Our park is high and dry,” McLaughlin said, adding that his park has been open for every Labor Day weekend for the past 33 years.
For many Texas campground and RV park owners, the biggest challenge isn’t the weather itself, but how the media portray it. “We have had people panicking over storms that are two thousand miles away,” said Ernie Sims, who owns four campgrounds in the Corpus Christi area, including Colonia del Rey, Padre Palms, Puerto del Sol and Greyhound RV Park.
Overall, however, Texas campgrounds have enjoyed steady business this summer, and some have significantly surpassed last year’s business due to the recent passage of legislation that changed the start date for public schools from mid-August to the last Monday of August. “It’s given campgrounds and RV parks another one to two weeks of summer business, and that can make a big difference in a private park’s bottom line,” said Brian Schaeffer, TACO executive director and CEO.