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Campground Chatter with Janet Groene, August 9, 2019

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

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: August 9, 2019

Reservations and tickets are already on sale for next year’s ultra-popular Stagecoach Festival, to be held April 24-26 in Indio, California. Country music plays outdoors rain or shine at the Empire Polo Club. RV camping rules are many, so read them carefully and reserve early.

Campsites at the Colorado State Fair, to be held August 23 – September 2, are reportedly sold out. The deadline for reservations is August 17. Questions about availability, alternate campgrounds or a wait list can be directed to

If you have tickets for this rock music festival you’re welcome to camp at Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tennessee. The annual blast is scheduled for October 11–13. Camping passes are good for four days. Electric hookups are available but not water. Refills for water tanks can be brought in but there is a charge. Manchester is halfway between Nashville and Chattanooga.

Silver Springs was Florida’s first tourist attraction, dating to the 1870s when glass-bottom boats first took tourists out over the springs. Now it’s a state park, site of a concert series in the open air acoustic amphitheater. Concerts go on once a month through December, featuring The SandSpurs at the September 21 concert, John Dickie IV on October 19 and Brian Smalley on December 21. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 on the day of the show. This includes park admission but not a glass bottom boat ride. RV camping costs $28 to $38.

Moccasin Creek Off Road Park in Blackshear, Georgia, will hold its Lactemberfest on Labor Day weekend. It’s an annual Southeast Georgia mud slingin’, music singin’, country throwdown hosted by The Lacs. Full hookup sites are available. Use directions on the website, Do not go by your GPS.

Firefly Meadows RV Park and Campground in Wood River is open but work continues at the former hotel site to complete some facilities and also to turn a former motel building into accommodations for guests who don’t have an RV. The park has 30 RV sites, 21 of them with full hookups.

New in July in Superior, Wisconsin, is the campground at Mont Du Lac Resort. The RV park and marina has access to the St. Louis River. Full hookup sites offer 50- or 100-amp service. The year-round resort also has a playground, pool, watercraft rentals, planned activities, snow sports in winter, a kids club, mountain biking and other resort features.

Go back in time at Fort Ransom State Park, Fort Ransom, ND, on September 7-8, when living history demonstrators will be on hand to show and tell scenes from pioneer times. Old-time music plays while you enjoy food, drinks, homemaking demonstrations, farm machines and more. The park has 14 campsites with water and electric for $25. Event admission is $10, free for ages 12 and under, and the wristband is good for both days.

Studebakers from all stages of the automobile’s history will be shone, shined, judged, paraded and appreciated at the SDC International Meet at the county fairgrounds in Mansfield, Ohio, September 11-14. RV parking for the day is available in a grassy area opposite the entrance. Overnight RV camping with electric and water is available only to those who are registered for the entire four-day event. Reserve early. Camping is $45 nightly including water, electric and use of the dump station, restrooms and showers. Meet, greet, eat, shop the vendors, hear bands play, tour off-site local attractions each day and admire stunning displays of original and restored Studees.

Play nine holes of the course after dark at Hickory Knob State Park Resort, McCormick, South Carolina, for $30 including drink tickets, balls and cart rental. The date for the Nine @ Nine tournament is August 17. Call ahead to register. The park’s RV campground has 44 sites with water and electric.

It’s been closed for years and now the popular Wish Poosh Campground in Wenatchee National Forest is partially open again. Water isn’t available at press time and restrooms are closed. For this season, fees are free or reduced for one or more of the 34 sites. The closure occurred in 2015 when trees began to topple over because of root rot. Permits had to be obtained to remove 550 trees before the camp could be opened again.

Stay Tuned
Business has been so brisk at Montana Base Camp in Kalispell, it plans to add 300 more RV sites.
• The city of Page, Arizona, sold 22 acres to a developer who plans to build an RV park,  pending development of a new public road and approval of campground plans.
• The 110-acre campsite in Shediac, New Brunswick, has been granted another three years to get its development plans approved and underway. It was originally slated to have 700  RV sites but plans have been scaled back.
• Thanks to reader Bill Smith, we received the news that sometime soon all state parks in Oklahoma will book campsites only by reservation. Smith also reports that some areas of Beavers Bend State Park near Broken Bow are closed for upgrading including the addition of sewer hookups. Contact the park for information on a reopening date.
• A new luxury RV resort with spa and grand clubhouse is slated to open in 2020 in Palmetto, Florida. Called The Tides, it will offer 370 large pull-through and back-in sites with full hook-ups and 100-amp service. The resort will also offer homes and park model RVs.
• Next year 230 more campsites will be added to the Ten-X Campground in Tusayan, Arizona, near the South Rim entrance to the Grand Canyon.


The fire department in Tuolumne County, CA, is in a dire financial situation, so a committee has been formed to review options to try to stabilize it. Some options include new fees on RV parks and campgrounds, as well as hotel rooms and assisted-living facilities. The county board has until Dec. 6 to put a tax measure on the ballot for the March 3 primary election, if it decides to do that. California law requires voters to approve any new local taxes or increases. Source:

A boil water notice is in effect for the Yard Creek Campground’s water system in the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) near Malakwa, British Columbia. The water system supplies the 65 RV and tent sites at the campground. Due to high bacterial count, until further notice all water used for drinking, food prep, ice and dental hygiene should be brought to a rapid boil for at least one minute before using it, and add two drops of household bleach to each quart/litre of water, or use bottled water.

The Iowa DNR is extending its peak camping season to mid-October at seven campgrounds as an effort to improve park management at some of Iowa’s most popular camping destinations. The new peak season will begin May 1 and end October 15 at the following campgrounds: Ledges State Park, Maquoketa Caves State Park, Palisades-Kepler State Park, Pikes Peak State Park, Walnut Woods State Park, Backbone South Lake Campground, and Volga River Lakeview Campground. Source:

Upscale camping resort Normandy Farms Campground in Foxboro, MA, will now be permitted to sell beer and wine at a small store inside the main office area as a convenience to its guests. The Normandy Farms Campground has been voted among the top 13 campgrounds in the world by The Travel Channel, among many other prestigious awards received as a top RV park.

Janet Groene is the author of 25 books including Living Aboard Your RV, 4th Edition, available at Her brand-new book, “January Justice – A Yacht Yenta Mystery,” is available at

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