RV Coronavirus News Update, April 7, 2020

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The National Park Service announced that Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area in Tennessee and Kentucky is now closed to all visitors until further notice. No entry will be allowed on park property, including it’s five campgrounds, except to employees, residents, and other authorized persons. Through traffic is permitted.

Isle Royale National Park in Michigan is delaying its opening date to June 15 in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. The delayed opening also affects the surrounding islands and all park facilities, including visitor centers, campgrounds and docks. Lake Superior waters remain open. 

Nearly 94% of Montana’s travel-related businesses said they have been impacted by COVID-19, and 83% of Montana residents and visitors to the state are concerned about their personal health. This is according to surveys conducted March 11-27 by the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at the University of Montana.

The Winnebago Grand National Rally is currently scheduled for July 13 – 17, 2020, in Forest City, Iowa. However, considering the current state of community health concerns, as it stands now, registrations won’t begin until mid-April.

Iowa Gov. Kimberly Reynolds has closed all public and private campgrounds to “temporary recreational use.” The order does not “prohibit the use of a campground by a long-term or permanent tenant who resides at the campground.”

The opening of Rhode Island state campgrounds has been delayed until at least May 1. They were originally scheduled to open in early-mid April. All campground reservations through April 30 have been canceled. The state’s reservation agent, Reserve America, is contacting those with reservations about the cancellations and refunds. 

The Meriwether Lewis Campground in the Natchez Trace Parkway in Tennessee is closed until further notice.


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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has temporarily closed all developed campgrounds and developed recreation sites in California to help limit the spread of COVID-19. While developed recreation sites are closed, dispersed camping and trails remain open and available to the public.

From reader Arlene Wood: Thousand Trails announced yesterday that it is closing parks in some areas. We had reservations in the Las Vegas park, but have been informed the park is closed until further notice!


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Ontario seasonal trailer parks and recreational campgrounds were closed as of midnight April 5. Snowbirds whose sole Canadian residence is at one of those parks or campgrounds are permitted to stay for now. They must also continue a 14-day mandatory self-isolation. 

Cummins Inc. is temporarily closing its southern Indiana manufacturing facilities due to business impact related to COVID-19. The shutdown includes the Columbus Engine Plant, the Fuel Systems Plant, the Seymour Engine Plant, and the Columbus MidRange Engine Plant. The plan is to reopen the buildings on May 4. 

Kentucky Horse Park Campgrounds are now closed. They are issuing refunds.

Keep your eyes open: Walmart and some supermarkets are instituting one-way aisles. 

Campgrounds and RV parks in Marshall County, Indiana, that have been closed for the winter will delay opening until at least May 1.

Lazydays RV has reduced its workforce by about 25% and delayed all non-critical capital projects.

Reader Keith DePauw reports: We just found out our reservation at a KOA campground in South Carolina was cancelled because our home address is in New York state (per their governor’s order).

Arkansas’ Lake Ouachita State Park has temporarily closed after three campers tested positive for coronavirus, according to the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism.

The Wappapello Lake Project Office and Visitor Center, all U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) campgrounds, fish cleaning stations, swim beaches, and playgrounds at Wappapello Lake in Missouri are closed until further notice.

The Colorado Good Sam Rally scheduled for September 24 – 27, 2020, at the Colorado State Fair Grounds, Pueblo, CO, is still a go for this year. It will reassess in August whether to cancel or continue as scheduled. 

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced yesterday that all campgrounds must close, including those at state parks, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Exceptions include people living in RVs or cabins at campgrounds who “genuinely have no other viable place of residence.”

Thor Industries Inc. announced yesterday that the company has implemented a combination of pay reductions and furloughs as it manages through the COVID-19 pandemic. CEO Bob Martin has reduced his base pay to zero. Other executives are taking at least a 40% cut in their base compensation.

Lakeview, Oregon, is discouraging visitors from out of the area, including those to RV parks. Those who are welcome to stay are “persons registered for longer than 30 days, employees, essential workers” and similar groups.


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Maine’s lodging industry, already hobbled over the past several weeks by reduced travel, quarantines and the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus crisis, came to a halt at noon Sunday as a temporary suspension ordered by Gov. Janet Mills went into effect. RV parks are included in the lodging suspension. The order allows guests to complete their current stays, but not to renew them.

From reader Laura Schaefer: Kentucky requires minimum 14-day stay/campground reservation for campers coming from out of state. Tried to make reservation in Georgetown, KY, for three nights … 14 days or nothing.

Audubon State Park in Henderson, Kentucky, says that while the park’s hiking trails and golf course will remain open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day, out-of-state residents will not be allowed due to Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear’s travel restrictions. Additionally, the park’s campgrounds are closed for now.

Most KOA campgrounds are open, but some are closed. Here’s an update of what’s closed. Because of the current crisis, KOA has suspended its $10 cancellation fee through the end of April.


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RV PARKS THAT WELCOME LONG-TERM VISITORS
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cee
5 months ago

One way isles at Walmart? Excellent idea!

Greg T
5 months ago

Bryce Canyon National Park closed indefinitely to the public on Tuesday afternoon, National Park Service officials announced in a statement.

https://www.kuer.org/post/bryce-canyon-national-park-now-closed

Greg T
5 months ago

Sorry, in the comment below, Garfield County is in Utah

Greg T
5 months ago

Garfield County, in cooperation with other organizations, is working to issue an Emergency Recreation Order, which will temporarily close multiple public land locations. The order is in effect in the following locations:

Upper and Lower Calf Creek Falls
Deer Creek Campground
All Escalante Canyons
Devil’s Rock Garden
Zebra Slot Canyon
Burr Trail (Long Canyon Slots, Big Pines Camp Area, etc.)
Irish Canyons, including Sandthrax Camping Area
Hog Springs Canyon
Star Springs Campground
North Wash
Ticaboo/Bullfrog Area
And all other recreation sites where proper social distancing practices cannot be achieve

Terry Kutzbach
5 months ago

Oakwood RV Resort in Fredericksburg Texas is open for business and would love to have you come see us. We have long term sites available that are perfect for waiting out the pandemic in a beautiful small town, far from the crowded big cities. We’re located between Austin and San Antonio in the beautiful Hill Country and the weather has been great. We’re a family owned business and would encourage you to support other businesses like ours.

Sink Jaxon
5 months ago

All Texas State Parks are officially closed as of today by order of Gov. Abbott.

PennyPA
5 months ago

I still don’t understand the people who continue to “travel” during this day and age of “Don’t roam; stay home”. What part of that don’t they understand? I’m not talking about snowbirds that just want to head home and hunker down in their sticks n’ bricks…although most of them should be home by now.

Sherry Dawson
5 months ago
Reply to  PennyPA

Many RVers are full time and are trying to shelter in place in their RVs because they have no stationary home! They have to travel from location to location as the maximum stay is reached in the park or dispersed camping site they are in, or the site is closed and they are “homeless” again!

Yes, there are some people still just traveling for pleasure, just as there are millions of non-RVers refusing to bide by stay-at-home orders. But let’s have some compassion for the full timers.

Tommy Molnar
5 months ago

Two things. I’m surprised at the common sense shown by BLM in CA.
I think the one-way aisle rule at Walmart should be adopted as the ‘norm’ even after this is over. What a great idea. Imagine if Costco did that!

Danny Morrell
5 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

BLM across the River here in Lake Havasu City has not yet closed parks, and sites. I have pleaded with President Trump to close Lake Havasu. Hopefully he will consider our request soon.

Tommy Molnar
5 months ago
Reply to  Danny Morrell

Danny, when we came home from Quartzsite a week ago we went through the Lake Havasu area and noted that it looked like all the RV parks had been shut down. What else do you want shut down? The President has nothing to do with your parks. Wouldn’t it be up to your Governor?

Danny Morrell
5 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Only President Trump can shut down Lake Havasu.

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5 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

You mean no more “dodge ’em” like at the fair, Tommy? How boring! 😆 —Diane at RVtravel.com