The growing crowds at U.S. National Parks have become unmanageable, jeopardizing the natural experience the parks were created to provide. With attendance this summer continuing to shatter records, officials are considering limiting use of the parks in order to save them.
Elkhart RV Super Show starts Thursday in Elkhart
The 62nd Midwest RV Super Show runs this Thursday through Sunday at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart, Indiana. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10. Children 15 and younger enter free. Admission to the RV Hall of Fame and Museum is included.
Tourism boost in Pike County
New state tourism numbers show more people are visiting Pike County, Illinois, and tourists spent over $27 million in the county just last year. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Pittsfield, Illinois, has been booked full almost every weekend this summer. With things like playgrounds, beach sites and fishing available for visitors, parks that have more things to offer are appealing more and more to tourists looking for a nice place to stay.
Campground out of commission a year after wildfire
Gregoire Lake Provincial Park in Alberta, Canada, remains closed until spring of 2018 as work continues to repair damage from the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire. The park is undergoing a $9.5 million renovation to remove dangerous trees and replace infrastructure. When the park reopens, new picnic tables, more campsites and parking spaces, new showers and concession stands will be added. Access roads will also be widened and the day use area will be expanded.
Campground special use permit reinstated
Up North Live
Twisted Trails Campground in Manistee County, Michigan, received their special use permit August 25th, after it was previously suspended due to complaints from a music and art festival hosted in the area in 2016. The permit was suspended after township leaders required documentation showing the campground was following a township ordinance. Drug issues, dozens of arrests and noise complaints were listed as the reasons behind the permit revoking.
Dam maintenance to close portion of Olive Lake
Maintenance on the Olive Lake Dam in Oregon has closed a small portion of the lake to public access through Oct. 1, 2017. The campground will remain open, though a portion of the hiking trail in the area of the dam and spillway will be closed during construction. Swimming and boating is allowed outside of the restricted area.
New draft legislation would exempt RVs from parking restrictions
According to draft legislation from Seattle Council members, RVs or vehicles being used as living spaces outside of sanctioned lots would largely be exempt from city parking restrictions, even on neighborhood streets. The proposal is only in the draft stages, but was created in hopes of finding solutions for people without shelter. According to estimates, more than 11,000 homeless people currently reside in King County, Washington.
Town sets new rules for campers
Winter storage of anything other than campers has been banned at the Bulwagga Bay Town Campground in Moriah, New York. The new policy passed by the Moriah Town Council is in contrast to the long-standing one, allowing seasonal campers to leave almost anything behind when the campground closes. The town makes about $15,000 a year on the storage but plans to allow only the camping units to be stored between seasons. All patios, outdoor furnishings, gardens, sheds, automobiles, refrigerators, and barbecue grills must be removed from outside of the camping unit. There will be no exceptions.
Startup lets nature lovers rent land
Hipcamp, a new startup, aims to help people find and book campsites through the concept of “land sharing.” Similar to how Airbnb lists vacation rentals, private land owners can list ranches, farms, vineyards and nature preserves for rent on Hipcamp, and campers can browse by location, pricing and availability. The website lists 10,000 private campsites nationwide and is adding thousands more every month.
‘Glamping’ destinations popping up all over Utah for a taste of luxury
The Salt Lake Tribune
There are king-size beds in the Conestoga wagons in Garden City, WiFi in luxury tents under the stars in Kanab and high-definition televisions adorning the walls of extravagant yurts in Escalante. Utah’s ‘glamping’ offers a curated experience for beginners and intermediate outdoor adventurers to learn everything from kayaking to rock climbing, all while relaxing in comfort.
Hikers at Sequoia National Park record mountain lion encounter
Two hikers walking a High Sierra trail in California’s wilderness encountered a mountain lion in their path, videotaping part of the nerve-wracking stare-down with the big cat that lasted nearly half an hour. The two hikers failed at shooing away the cat, and decided to turn back and set up camp for a restless night’s sleep in another area, never seeing it again.