Category: Destination Camping & RV Resorts
Catching a big one at Tom Sawyer’s RV Park With abundant creeks, lakes and streams–not to mention the mighty Mississippi–the southern states boast lots of places in which to cast a line. Relive the life of Mark Twain’s fictional hero at Tom Sawyer’s RV Park, West Memphis, Arkansas. Cast a line into the lazy Mississippi and watch the boats pass by between bites. At San Carlos RV Park and Islands, Fort Myers Beach, Florida, guests can cast a line from one of the waterfront sites right into the gulf waters. Many RVers visit Redrock RV and Camping Park in Island Park, Idaho, for its proximity to Yellowstone National Park, but some stay simply to enjoy nearby Henry Lake and the Snake river. Set out in a boat or find a spot on the bank to yield trophy-winning trout. As the name implies, the Mississippi Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries, Jackson, Mississippi, boasts ample yields of trout, catfish and other eager aquatic creatures. With 50 campsites on the banks of the... [Read more...]
Ample fishing on the Lower Illinois River at Marval Resort Midwest travelers will find a seemingly never-ending supply of rivers and lakes from which to fish. Check out these RV parks to fill up your fish basket and enjoy a fish-fry back at your campsite. At Oasis Campground, Chamberlain, South Dakota, guests can drop a line into the fish-rich Missouri River located nearby. In Gore, Oklahoma, Marval Resort is situated on Lower Illinois River, where rainbow trout are stocked year-round. Marval Resort has a half-mile of riverfront and is considered an angler’s paradise. Follow The River RV Resort, Florence, Indiana, boasts a catch-and-release pond with no license required. Seeking a more ambitious fishing experience? Check out the Ohio River on the other side of Route 156.
Set in the mountain community of Williams, Arizona—Gateway to the Grand Canyon—the Grand Canyon Railway RV Park an ideal place to unwind and relax. The Observation Dome is an unforgettable experience, thanks to a glass-enclosed streamliner that offers panoramic views of the surrounding scenery. (Source: thetrain.com) Adjacent to the historic train depot, the Grand Canyon Railway RV Park is just two blocks from Route 66 and downtown Williams. Canyon Railway RV Park offers three types of RV spaces: pull-through sites, buddy spaces, and back-ins. All 124 sites have full service utilities with 50-amp electric service, cable TV, wireless Internet, access to the indoor swimming pool and hot tub at the adjacent Grand Canyon Railway Hotel. The property has coin-operated laundry machines and a common picnic area with gas grills and a fire pit. Daily rates are $39. Grand Canyon Railway Pet Resort While pet parents enjoy a trip to the Canyon, their furry friends have something to wag about at... [Read more...]
Recent media reports detail numerous human encounters with black bears. This black bear wants his food and he is waiting patiently. DO NOT FEED BEARS! (Source: Thomas J/travelooce.com) In most instances the bears became food-conditioned, lost their natural fear of humans, and become a threat as they roamed in search of an easy meal. These bear was either relocated or euthanized by rangers because they posed an obvious human safety risk to campers. Several samples of these reports follow. Black Bear Killed at Yellowstone Campground The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that a black bear that refused to leave a Yellowstone National Park campground after getting a taste of human food there was killed by park staff. The 142-pound adult male black bear entered the Canyon Campground and came within six feet of a man and woman eating. The campers backed off, and the bear ate some of the food off their table. It then went through their garbage and pawed at their tent. As the bear left their campsite,... [Read more...]
Given the rash of severe weather that’s been striking the United States and Canada this spring and summer, it would be prudent for all campers and RVers to have a quick exit plan in place regardless of where you travel. Following heavy rains in the mountains a wash separating the campground from the entrance road at Catalina State Park near Tucson flooded stranding campers for several days. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Water is a major feature at numerous campgrounds and RV parks. Many state and provincial parks and other public recreation areas are in low-lying areas that are susceptible to flooding during periods of heavy precipitation. Access to current weather reports and related information—weather radio, mobile wireless phone, satellite radio—will enable campers to be on top of the weather and to take proactive measures in the event of high waters, flood, thunderstorms, or other severe weather conditions. Be Prepared Be prepared for changing weather conditions. Make sure... [Read more...]
Oh the places we can go Here it is, the middle of summer. We’ve already taken the family on the “Summer Vacation” to the beach. But I still really want to take the RV out a few more time before football season starts but I’m just not sure where to go. I sort of want it to be fairly close to home because I don’t have a lot of time, yet I want it to be far enough away so that it “feel” like a mini vacation. If you are in the same boat as me, may I suggest checking out the newest camping tool from Good Sam? If you go to this site http://trips.goodsamclub.com you’ll be able to search for places to go, camping spots – Good Sam, Private and public campgrounds and you can even click a toggle that will give you all the available things to do in the area. Say you want to get away within two hours of your house? First you’ll want to click on “Create a Trip” this will prompt you to fill in where you’re starting –... [Read more...]
Summer is in full swing, and that means it’s time for some fun in the sun! Dust off your RV, get out your swimsuits out and come on down to Lake George Escape. The RV resort is located on 178 acres of plush woods and meadows in Adirondack Park. Don’t have an RV? No problem! Lake George Escape has Adirondack log cabins for you to rent with full kitchens, showers, and cable TV. Want to camp in a more traditional way? The resort also has 132 tent sites! Enjoy a pond-front, sun-bathed or wooded site during your stay at our five-star resort! Sit back, relax, and enjoy rustic upstate New York. No matter how or where you stay at the resort, you will enjoy all of the activities available. Lake George Escape’s recreational activities begin where most other campgrounds’ would come to an end. The resort has everything RVers want to keep them busy and have fun. Enjoy miniature golf, tennis, ping-pong, volleyball, shuffleboard, rentable canoes and kayaks, tubing and swimming—all... [Read more...]
With an aging population and more retirees, an increasing number of snowbirds and full-timers, and a booming Recreational Vehicle industry, additional campgrounds and RV parks are required. While RV parks offer numerous benefits, public opposition to any proposal for a new development often follows. Local residents become concerned about rumors such as rising crime in the area, decreasing property values, increasing traffic flow, and general urban sprawl and growth. Numerous residents oppose any planned construction simply because it is too close to their own home or neighborhood, often with the connotation that such residents believe that the development is needed but should be further away. In other words, Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY). Quite often, the NIMBY arguments are based on some emotional issue without regard for logic. NIMBYs cause a lot of things to NOT get done including the approval for building a RV park. Other forms of NIMBY include the NOPE (Not On Planet Earth), the BANANA... [Read more...]
Did you know that Olympic National Park is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year? On June 29, 1938, Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the law and established Olympic National Park. This massive park, located in Washington State, consists of 922,651 protected acres, 70 miles of rugged windswept coastline, and three distinct ecosystems. The park protects the largest unmanaged herd of Roosevelt elk in the world and was nearly named “Elk National Park.” For more information on these magnificent animals, click here. For historical information and tips for planning your trip, click here. On June 29th, all entrance fees to the park will be waived. Have you been to Olympic National Park recently or not so recently?
Winter is a distant memory to travelers eager to explore the northern United States and Canada in the coming months. Visit these these top-rated RV parks for a truly memorable journey to the higher latitudes. Surfside RV Resort, Parksville, British Columbia Centrally located in the town of Parksville on British Columbia’s Vancouver Island, this oceanfront gated community overlooks the beautiful Georgia Strait and offers over 200 full-hookup camp sites. Surfside RV Resort gives travelers a full range of amenities, as indicated by its perfect Good Sam ratings. The resort’s spectacular oceanfront clubhouse boasts a relaxing pool, spa and sun deck, all with incredible views of the water. Free Wi-Fi is available. Prairie View RV Park, Granite Falls, Minnesota Adjacent to the Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort in Southern Minnesota, the top-rated Prairie View RV Park offers a combination of pull-through sites and some more rustic, back-in spaces. With full amenities and LP-Gas Service,... [Read more...]