California launches new camping reservation system
Reserving state park camping sites and tours in California just got easier. A new reservation system, ReserveCalifornia, launched today. The online resource will offer greater accessibility to more visitors for highly sought-after camping and lodging sites. Previously, campers could only book a site on the first day of the month. Reservations can now be made up to six months in advance.
Camping World buys American RV in Michigan
After a decade long relationship with Camping World, American RV founders Ron and Cheryl Neff have sold their business to Camping World holdings. American RV is located in Cutlerville, Michigan, and will now be called Camping World of Grand Rapids. A grand opening celebration is set for Aug. 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wells Gray Park open to visitors after 16-day precautionary closure
After a 16-day closure due to precautionary measures implemented after the spread of a wildfire hazard around Kootenay National Park in Canada, the park has reopened. While the park’s reopening is happy news for those still planning their visit, it comes two weeks too late for thousands of others. Many visitors cancelled their August reservations for fear that the park would still be closed. Officials from Wells Gray hope the news will bring new visitors in the coming month as reservations severely declined after the news of the closure.
Padre Island National Seashore fees could double
101 Corpus Christi
On August 5th, officials are meeting at the Malaquite Visitor Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, to discuss possible fee increases. Currently, a 7-day pass for one vehicle is $10 and annual passes are $20, but officials want to increase the passes to $20 and $40, respectively. Camping fees would also increase from $8 for up to six people to $14 in the Malaquite Campground. Bird Island Basin Campground fees for up to six people would increase from $5 to $8. The increased revenue would fund boat ramp area improvements and create new visitor center exhibits. Price increases would go into effect later this year.
Find the perfect viewing spot for the Total Solar Eclipse
Those of us who travel by RV have the enviable opportunity to be in the perfect spot for the historic total solar eclipse that crosses the United States on August 21. But how do you find that perfect spot? With an app on your smartphone of course!
Southern California town cracking down on illegally parked RVs
The Press Enterprise
The Murrieta, California, City Council workshop is meeting up today, August 1, to discuss new rules for RV parking in their suburban neighborhoods. Among the many complaints from residents: RV owners using temporary blocks to drive an RV over the curb and sidewalk, and RVers running over the pedestrian ramp at intersections. Officials will meet to discuss how to approach the situation appropriately.
Joshua Tree is now an official “Dark Sky” park
Southern California’s Joshua Tree National Park is the 10th National Park to be designated an International Dark Sky Park. Worldwide, only 83 parks have received this designation. To be considered as a “Dark Sky Park,” locations must possess an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and a nocturnal environment specifically protected for its scientific, natural, educational, cultural heritage, and/or public enjoyment. There will be a dedication ceremony on August 12 at 5 p.m. Joshua Tree will hold its third annual Night Sky Festival from November 10 to 12 with free admission.
Verde River ranchers worry about safety in Arizona’s newest state park
Arizona plans to open its newest park, Rockin’ River Ranch, next year, but locals are not happy. Opening in December 2018, the 208-acre park will house cabins, campgrounds for RVs and tents, and a boardwalk along the river. Visitors can ride horses, kayak and canoe down the Verde River. Ranchers who border the new park fear crowds will cram the roadways and cause safety issues. Officials are encouraging locals to speak up and have scheduled a second open house later this month to discuss concerns.
Scouts make improvements to local campground
The Fayette Tribune
About 200 boy scouts teamed up with the National Park Service and West Virginia Citizens Conservation Corps in an effort to make some improvements to the local Grandview Sandbar Campground. Improvements included making the park more wheelchair accessible, setting up handicapped accessible picnic tables and installing low-hanging grills and lanterns. Park officials hope these improvements will allow more people to enjoy the park comfortably.
Trout fisheries are plentiful in summer
The Register Guard
With temperatures reaching near-record highs and the waters crystal clear, areas along the West Coast are perfect for trout fishing. Fishing is always a great way to pass the time while camping as it is a mobile hobby. A West Coast traveler has compiled a list of some of the best places to catch trout, whether camping nearby or just going for a relaxing fishing day-trip.
Future of Pennsylvania campground remains uncertain
Even though the camp still remains open, the sewage system at Elk County Campground has officially been shut off. The same day as many RV campers were arriving, a sign was put up notifying the campers of the last-minute dumping station closure. Campers are allowed to dump their sewage at an adjacent park, but that park is over 30 miles away and has left campers furious. The state of the park has been diminishing over the years, and the sewage closure comes as no surprise.
Hardcore WE Fest fans already lining up for big country music festival
For at least three miles, parts of Highway 59 looked more like an RV parking lot as people have already begun to line up for the 59th annual WE Country Music Festival. Such crowds are expected so Minnesota State Patrol has rules for those who attend; while in line, they must stay in their campers at all times (even in the night) and they can’t wander onto the highway. The festival will kick off this Thursday and will feature acts like Lady Antebellum and Alan Jackson.