The latest news about camping and campground developments in North American campgrounds and RV parks from Janet Groene and the staff of RVtravel.com
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DATELINE: April 8, 2019
NEW YORK CAMPGROUNDS OPEN
Opening dates for state campgrounds in New York on average is mid-May but at least one opens as early as April 5 and others open as late as June 28. Note too that some sites open only on weekends during “shoulder” periods in spring and fall. Closing days range from September 2 to late October, depending on locale. Fees range from $18 to $28 plus $5 additional for non-New York residents. Check individual campgrounds.
AUGUST OPENING FOR SEDONA AREA PARK
Verde Ranch in Cottonwood, Arizona, is now taking reservations at 877-570-2267 for its opening in late summer. Located one hour from Sedona and 1 ½ hours from Phoenix, this full-service RV resort has 402 sites and 16 resort cabins. (Think family reunion, with accommodations for those who don’t own an RV.) Explore nature sites and go ziplining nearby, kayak the Verde Valley River and take a “safari” at Africa Wildlife Park.
RV PARK RECOVERY IN GREENVILLE, MISSOURI
Greenville Campground at Wappapello Lake and all of his massive trees were completely destroyed in a 2017 storm. Recovery is on the way. To date 70 campsites out of 107 are ready with new concrete pads. New are 50-amp pedestals, 27 sewer lift stations, wider roads and parking, water lines and much more, thanks to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The day-use area remains open. To ask about an opening date for the RV sites contact 573-222-8562..
NEW FACILITIES AT CALEDONIA STATE PARK, PA
The park’s Chinquapin Hill Campground opens newly renovated for the 2019 season with three rebuilt bathrooms and 18 new, full-service campsites. Six old shower houses were removed. Phase two of the park’s rehab will mean similar work at the park’s Hosack Run campground starting this year. That project should be finished by Labor Day. For information about Pennsylvania’s state parks call 888-PA-PARKS, 727-2757.
NEW CANCELLATION POLICY AT YELLOWSTONE
The new cancellation policy for all Yellowstone reservations calls for a 7-day notice and an increase in the cancellation fee to $25 for each change made within 30 days of arrival. Fishing Bridge RV Park is closed for the summer 2019 season.
CARP LAKE NOW ACCOMMODATES LARGER RVs
Now open and taking reservations is the newly renovated West Lakeshore Loop campground at Wilderness State Park, Michigan. Now accommodating larger RVs, the park has reduced the number of sites and added new water and electric lines, two new wells and improved roads. Make a Michigan state park reservation.
JASPER NATIONAL PARK CAMPGROUND CLOSES FOR 2019
Whistlers Campground was built years back to serve another era in camping. So they decided to shut down for the entire 2019 season to do a stem-to-stern renovation to accommodate today’s campers and larger RV’s. Added will be 17 new washroom and shower facilities throughout the campground. Parks Canada said campers will not have to walk more than 250 metres to use them.
DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE IN ALASKA will open its six campgrounds for the season on May 12. The park is open all year but campgrounds will close again in mid-September. Don’t miss the nightly musicals at the Miner’s Plaza.
NATIONAL PARK POSTERS in the art style of the 1930’s WPA era have been created in a limited edition series by artist Rob Decker. Decker studied under Ansel Adams at Yosemite and has been interpreting the national parks with his art for 50 years. Prints are signed, numbered and printed on recycled paper stock with soy-based inks. When he’s finished he expects to have all 61 parks in his collection. See the works.
ADDITIONS FROM RVTRAVEL.COM STAFF
PUGET SOUND PARK EXPANDS
RV campsites at Flowing Lake Park near Snohomish, Wash., about an hour drive from Seattle, are now available for the season. The park near U.S. 2 has added 10 new sites this year to bring the total to 40, most with water and electricity. There is no dump station. The park includes a lake with trout fishing and picnic area. Learn more or make a reservation.
Janet Groene is the author of 25 books including Living Aboard Your RV, 4th Edition.
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