Campground Chatter with Janet Groene, November 30, 2019

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The latest news about camping and developments in North American campgrounds and RV parks from Janet Groene and the staff of RVtravel.com

DISCLAIMER: Information is believed current at press time but conditions can change quickly. Check ahead online for dates, rates and rules, as well as a campground’s location. No endorsement of any campground or product is implied by this reporter nor this website.


DATELINE: November 30, 2019

ALABAMA ARTISAN MARKET INVITES RV CAMPERS
Talented members of the Little River Arts Council invite campers in DeSoto State Park to the festive MerriTyme Artisan Market just around the corner at Moon Lake Baptist Church in Mentone. Stop by on December 13 or 14 to shop for unique gifts and handicrafts, listen to music, get free gift wrapping and support local artists. Proceeds benefit Moon Lake Elementary School. The state park has 94 campsites with water and electric hookups.

ARKANSAS STATE PARK IS A TIME CAPSULE
The year will be 1831 on December 7 in Jacksonport State Park when rangers and guides relive the days when this important port on the White River was a-bustle with steamboats loading and unloading people and trade goods. Tour the stately brick courthouse built in 1872 – it’s now a museum filled with steamboat artifacts. The program begins at 2:30. The park has 20 Class A campsites.

FLORIDA RV RESORT HAS GOOD LIFE CONCERT
Reserve your site at this resort in Bartow for a January 19 Christian music concert with the Lancaster Family. Located on Lake Garfield between Tampa and Orlando, the gated resort has 397 RV sites and a full range of amenities including a driving range, billiards, library, crafts room and Olympic-size swimming pool.

GEORGIA LOOKS TO THE NIGHT SKIES
Florida-born poet James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) wrote of time before Creation, when Earth was “darker than a hundred midnights down in a cypress swamp.” There are few places darker for studying the heavens than Okefenokee Swamp, where Swamper’s Guide to the Galaxy nights on December 6 and December 20 bring in experts to join campers as they watch for meteors and planets, observe the moon and look at the stars from deep inside an inky-dark cypress swamp. The hour-long program begins at 7 p.m. at Stephen C. Foster Park, Fargo, Georgia (not to be confused with Stephen Foster State Park in nearby White Springs, Florida). The park has RV parking with electric and water hookups, cabins, tent sites and a full schedule of ranger programs including swamp boat trips.

KENTUCKY CAMPGROUND LOVES WINTER
Lauren Lake Camping Resort is adding a synthetic ice rink for skating year-round, and slopes for sledding. Opening dates and operating hours haven’t been announced for these additions but the new floating water park opened last summer and storage sites for boats and campers are now under construction. The resort offers standard and pull-through RV sites.

LOUISIANA STATE PARK LOVES DUTCH OVEN COOKING
On the second Saturday of each month, come to Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville, for  Greetin’, Meetin´, Cookin´ and Eatin´ meets featuring Dutch Oven Cooking demonstrations. Tasting is free but donations are appreciated. Bring lawn chairs and your ice chest but no pets. Pots go on the coals at 9 a.m. Lunch goes on the table at noon. Call ahead to confirm schedules and details – (888) 677-0094. The riverside park offers 96 RV sites and a boat launch. Camping reservations require a $6 fee.

NEBRASKA STATE PARK TO GET 49 NEW RV SITES
Improvements at Platte River State Park include tranquil Crawdad Creek, which pours into the park’s fishing and paddle-boating lake. Coming soon to the lake area are a big new campground, two additional playgrounds, a dog park and new camp pads that will be available spring 2020. At Smith Falls State Park, upgrades to restrooms and showers are being planned.

OHIO COUNTRY SUPERFEST TO BE HELD IN JUNE
RV parking passes are already going fast for the Buckeye Country Superfest to be held June 20 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. Headliners at the concert will include Kenny Chesney, Kane Brown, Brett Young and Gabby Barrett. Don’t miss the Tiki Tailgate Fan Fest with Tyler Rich. Get there early. The show starts at 3:30 p.m.

OREGON CAMPS NOW REQUIRE RESERVATIONS
Reservations are always recommended and, starting in 2020, they’ll  be required for many of the 79 campgrounds in Deschutes National Forest. Go to reservations.gov.

NEW TEXAS RV RESORT OPENS
Just opened, the St. Ives RV Resort in Alvin is a new place to camp in the Houston/Galveston area. The 72 full-hookup sites, most of them pull-through, have plenty of room at 80 X 40 feet. Camp daily, weekly or monthly in a palm-shaded paradise with a wrap-around, picture-book pool. Call (832) 717-9393.

ADDITIONS FROM RVTRAVEL.COM STAFF

Montana State Parks leaders are proposing increases to entrance fees, RV dumping, and more. The proposed changes are described at the Montana State Parks website. The public’s comments will be accepted at that website through December 22. The new fees are set to take effect January 1.

Mammoth Cave Jellystone Park, Kentucky, recently won the Park of the Year award from the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), and also won the Camp-Resort of the Year award in the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort franchise network, according to a press release. It also received several other prestigious awards from the Jellystone Park system, as well as receiving numerous awards over the years. The park has expanded significantly and added numerous amenities over the past few years, including the opening of 100 additional campsites and 20 additional cabins this past summer.

Janet Groene is the author of more than 25 books including Living Aboard Your RV, 4th Edition, available at Amazon.com. Her brand-new book, “March Malice, a Yacht Yenta Mystery,” is available at Amazon.com. See Janet Groene’s weekly Solo Woman posts at SoloWomanRV.

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