Campground Chatter with Janet Groene, July 12, 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: July 12, 2019

SAD NEWS FOR OKLAHOMA CAMPERS
One of the best parks in the Jellystone family is closed for the 2019 season due to flooding. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at Keystone Lake in Mannford is expected to reopen next year. The water park was not affected but campsites were flooded. High water also forced the resort to close in 2015.

NIGHTTIME SECRETS IN TEXAS STATE PARK
One reason we camp is for the privilege of seeing nature around the clock. At Abilene State Park in Texas, Big Country Master Naturalists lead after-dark programs where campers learn about nocturnal animals and their adaptations. The next night nature hike is July 20. Bring a flashlight and bug protection.

KANSAS STATE PARK HAS MUSIC FESTIVAL
A peninsula in sparkling Wilson Reservoir in Kansas forms the backdrop for the Lovegrass Music Festival August 9-11 in Wilson State Park. Of the 140 campsites only four have all hookups, but others have electric and water, and you’ll have a water view from almost anywhere. The annual Lovegrass Music Festival features Old Salt Union, Chain Station, Appalachian Sky, Grassfed, Signal Ridge and Old Sound. The family-friendly weekend has children’s activities, a drum circle, kayaking, jams, dancing, arts, sing-alongs and much more.

NEWFOUNDLAND TO GET YEAR-ROUND CAMPGROUND
Waterford River Valley Campground is scheduled to open in September with 16 acres of  heavily forested land for an eventual 180 campsites. It’s hoped that 100 to 120 will be available at the opening. It’s in Mount Pearl in greater St. John.

NIGHT SKY VIEWED IN ACADIA NATIONAL PARK
The annual Night Sky Festival at Acadia National Park, September 25-29, has events for stargazers of all ages. Get clear views of the heavens from atop Cadillac Mountain with astronomers or while cruising in a boat along Maine’s coastline. Learn from nationally renowned speakers and sign on for photography workshops, nighttime kayaking and stargazing events. The park’s campgrounds are still open in September and reservations are essential at (www.) Recreation.gov.

RV CAMPING AT COLORADO MUSIC BASH
Make reservations now for dry camping in an RV spot at the Seven Peaks Music Festival in Buena Vista, Colorado, August 30 – September 1. Headliners in concert include Travis Tritt, Tracy Lawrence, Deanna Carter and many more. Daily adventures include ATV tours and river rafting and kayaking with an outfitter who gets you back to the festival in time for nighttime performances.

PENNSYLVANIA WOODSMEN SHOW
Visit Cherry Springs State Park, Coudersport, Pennsylvania, August 2-4 for the 68-year-old annual show of woodsmen’s skills. Camping is rustic only with no hookups and there are only 30 sites. Reservations highly recommended. See contests and demonstrations of lumberman skills. Seating in the Arena is first-come, first-served, so bring a lawn chair in case bleachers are full.

ECO TOURING MISSOURI FISH HATCHERY
Now through August 17, on selected dates, take a fish hatchery tour to learn how Missouri waterways are stocked for the fast fishing action found there. Tours start at 10 a.m. at Bennett Springs State Park, Lebanon. The state park has almost 200 campsites, all with electricity and 48 with full hookups. See the website for tour times and site reservations.

MINNESOTA OBSERVES BLACK MOON
Join naturalists at 9 p.m. on July 31 under the dark night sky to observe the second new moon of the month known as a Black Moon. Sibley State Park in Minnesota is known for its night sky events, so check for others throughout the summer. Reservations for RV camping are recommended and a vehicle permit, which can be purchased by the year, is also required. The park is near New London and on Lake Andrew.

MINNESOTA CAMPGROUND OPEN AFTER TORNADO DISASTER
Kamp Dels in Waterville, Minnesota, is back in business with a new look after the loss of more than 450 trees that were uprooted in a tornado, leaving massive holes in the earth, a tangle of RVs and heavy damage to the entire campground. Most trees are gone now but the same, family-run welcome for campers still reigns.

Stay Tuned
• The city council has approved a combination campground and five-plex drive-in movie theater complex for Graham, North Carolina.
• Bear activity in the White Mountains of New Hampshire has caused temporary closings of various campgrounds. Get current information before heading that way. According to White Mountain National Forest Service, closures now focus on the Thornton area.

ADDITIONS FROM RVTRAVEL.COM STAFF

Campgrounds near Pickstown, South Dakota, have been closed due to damage from spring floods. The North Point Campground will be reopening later this summer. However, the Randall Creek Campground won’t reopen this summer because the bridge access was destroyed by heavy rains.

The popular Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resort franchise in Robert, Louisiana, has filed for bankruptcy protection after lenders threatened foreclosure. The business has been struggling to pay debts after two floods in 2016, but it is open for business and will honor existing memberships as well as continue to pay its employees, vendors and suppliers.

Carolina Pines RV Resort in South Carolina is at the center of all Myrtle Beach-area attractions. The RV resort includes awesome amenities and entertainment. But there is also a recently purchased private beach club located near North Myrtle Beach, now known as Carolina Pines Beach Club. The club includes a pool, hot tub, private bathrooms, and beach access for resort guests – and it’s all free for guests, including a shuttle to take guests to and from the club.

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

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