(Sept. 19, 2013) — The Lincoln City News Guard reports that Cottonwood Canyon State Park, located along the John Day River on Highway 206, will open for the first time on Saturday, Sept. 28.

(Sept. 19, 2013) — The new, improved central reservation system (CRS) that manages state park camping, lodging and harbor reservations will launch in November with minimal customer disruptions during the system transition, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced.

(Sept. 19, 2013) — County public health officials are warning campers to stay away from common ground squirrels after three of the rodents trapped at Cedar Grove Campground inside Palomar Mountain State Park tested positive for plague late last week, reports U-T San Diego.

(Sept. 19, 2013) — Campers and boaters will have to find other spots for recreation at Benbrook Lake after the Army Corps of Engineers abruptly closed Rocky Creek Park on Tuesday morning, writes the Fort Worth Star Telegram.

(Sept. 18, 2013) — Despite a soggy start to the season, the popularity of the Long Sault Parkway campgrounds continued to soar this summer, writes the Standard Freeholder.

(Sept. 18, 2013) — Operators of Falls Reserve Conservation Area in Goderich are considering leasing the park to a private company after receiving estimates between $1.3 million and $1.7 to upgrade the 190-space campsite, reports Huron News Now.

(Sept. 18, 2013) — The construction project is an expansion of the Red Lodge campground. It will include the creation of six double sites with electricity, two group use sites, five additional tent sites and an additional host pad.

(Sept. 17, 2013) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced Monday that it will waive day use fees at its more than 2,400 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide in recognition of National Public Lands Day on Sept. 28.

(Sept. 17, 2013) — The synchronized Christmas light show planned for the Hoover RV Park will not happen this year, but organizers say they’ll be ready to put it on in 2014, reports the The Huntsville Times.

(Sept. 16, 2013) — Lisbon Beach and Campground Director Michael J. O’Neil said town councilors went back on their word when they authorized the purchase of an online registration system for the campground, writes

(Sept. 16, 2013) — Families should bring sleeping bags or any bedding, pillows, clothing, sturdy shoes and personal items including toothpaste, towels, soap, etc. However, the following will be provided: tents, sleeping mats, chairs, lanterns, flashlights, GPS units, and all activity equipment. Plus water, lemonade, coffee and all food including one lunch, one dinner, one breakfast, snacks and campfire treats.

(Sept. 16, 2013) — The Washington State Patrol is investigating an officer-involved shooting at the Kettle River Campground in Kettle Falls, reports

(Sept. 16, 2013) — Campers and cabin guests staying at Claytor Lake State Park on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20-21, will have a chance to show off their chili cooking and horseshoe tossing skills, reports the Southwest Times.

(Sept. 13, 2013) — Water escaping the dam in Lyons found its way to the St. Vrain River and pushed water 19 miles east to St. Vrain State Park, writes CBS Denver. The swollen river shut down campsites and forced tourists to pack up and head out.

(Sept. 13, 2013) — “With current conditions and the continued forecast for heavy rain and potential for even higher waters and flooding, I have decided that the best course of action, at this time, was to close the affected areas of the park,” said Vásquez.

(Sept. 12, 2013) — The Herald Palladium reports that the state wants to buy the 58-acre Riverwoods on the Trail site along the Black River and Kal-Haven Trail in South Haven Township and turn it into a campground.

(Sept. 12, 2013) — Despite a moratorium on new or modified fees, the director’s office of the National Park Service approved a reservation system and fee rates for Voyageurs National Park.

(Sept. 11, 2013) — The Bureau of Land Management state office in Belle Fourche has announced it will host National Public Lands Day at the Fort Meade Recreation Area’s Alkali Creek Campground on Saturday, Sept. 14, reports the Rapid City Journal.

(Sept. 11, 2013) — Last week, the Umatilla City Council voted to approve taking over the lease for the Umatilla Marina and R.V. Park, reports the Hermiston Herald.

(Sept. 11, 2013) — “Since opening the park in 2012, Cummins Falls State Park has become a popular destination for visitors to the Upper Cumberland region. We continue to look for ways to add additional amenities, enhancing the visitor experience at the park,” said Cutcher.


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