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Mike Gast

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Mike Gast was the vice president of Communications for Kampgrounds of America Inc. for 20 years before retiring in 2021. He also enjoyed a long newspaper career, working as a writer and editor at newspapers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Oregon, and Montana. He and his wife, Lori Lyon, now own and operate the Imi Ola Group marketing company, focusing on the outdoor industry.

RV inventories up, prices dropping. Trouble for dealers?

There is more evidence of late that the shortage of new RVs is beginning to shift. That’s good news for consumers ready to buy...

Yellowstone National Park is latest to add new indoor masking mandate

If you are planning a trip to a national park, you’d better pack a mask. Several national parks in the U.S. are now requiring that...

‘Camping’ is new code word in national debate over abortion

By Mike Gast RVers and all camping enthusiasts may think their favorite pastime is far removed from the country’s heated debate over abortion access, but...

KOA CEO says: ‘We’re expecting biggest July 4th ever!’

EDITOR’S NOTE: When you want to know how things are going, sometimes it’s best to go right to the source. Toby O’Rourke, President and...

Yellowstone NP north loop reopened Saturday; alternate license plate entry system suspended

Good news for RVers still headed for vacation visits to Yellowstone National Park. The flood-damaged north loop of the park reopened to all visitors...

Sun Outdoors adds selected camping discounts to ‘offset gas prices’

A major player in the campground industry has announced a new pricing and discount program at many of its parks it claims should help...

RV manufacturers set another shipment record in May

If you are one of those RVers awaiting the anticipated slowdown in RV manufacturing, you may have to wait at least a month longer. The...

New campground company adds 10 locations in first year of operation

Ali and Eric Rasmussen were looking for an exciting entrepreneurial opportunity two years ago. They figured Eric’s commercial real estate and capital markets background...

Airboat noise concerns sink plans for new RV park near Omaha, NE

RV park developers anxious to add more campgrounds to the inventory in the U.S. are facing local opposition from many quarters. But locals living...

Texas Corps of Engineers parks lose funding… then find it again

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers campground workers in East Texas were put on a roller coaster this week. Corps of Engineers staffers began notifying work...

Yellowstone’s southern section reopens with some wait times, but minimal issues

Despite higher-than-normal midweek traffic at the three available gates into Yellowstone National Park, Wednesday’s reopening went smoothly. The park had been closed for the previous...

Sections of Yellowstone NP to open Wednesday; more access could begin in a few weeks

Yellowstone National Park is in for another surreal week. Last week, high temperatures brought an unexpectedly sudden high-country snowmelt, followed by intense rains. Yellowstone’s streams...

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