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Black Hills CampersNow that Labor Day is gone for another year, the Black HillsNational Forest is again offering forest visitors, who still want to get outdoors to boat, fish, swim and camp, reduced services in campgrounds and free day-use parking.

Amy Ballard, recreation forester for the Mystic Ranger District, says the day-use parking fee at boat ramps, beaches and picnic grounds at the big reservoirs such as Pactola, Sheridan andDeerfield will be free of charge starting this week. “A lot of visitors think that these large developed areas charge a fee year round, and that simply is not true,” says Ballard. “A day-use pass is only needed at National Forest sites for approximately four months during the high-use summer season.”
 
One change this year is that Pactola Campground will be closed until next May to allow logging traffic to safely pass through the area. However, Sheridan Lake Campground will keep 30 sites open during the week with the option of more on weekends for a reduced fee of $10 per night. “This is 60% lower than the normal summer season camping rate,” said Ballard. Toilets and garbage service will be offered for this fee.
 
The Black HillsNational Forest manages 30 campgrounds, 30 picnic areas, 7 boat launches and 4 swim beaches throughout the Black Hills. For a complete list of winter hours and a site closing schedule, call 605-673-9200 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills. Click here for 2013-2014 Shoulder/Winter Campground Information.
 
Overturned fifth wheel RV at  Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts in Bagley, Wis.

Overturned fifth wheel RV at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts in Bagley, Wisconsin

Severe weather caused damage at a campground south of La Crosse, Wis. on Wednesday night.

Strong winds overturned four campers at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts in Bagley, Wis. Several trees were also knocked down, some of them landing on campers.

“We got several trailers on their sides and stuff here,” Bagley Fire Chief Fred White said. “A lot of trees down, electrical wires down. About half of the township is without power right now, so that’s what we’ve seen on our survey of the township.”

No one was seriously injured, and crews are working to restore power to the area.

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Campsite Elite Resorts at Citrus Valley

Campsite Elite Resorts at Citrus Valley

Butlers, chefs and amenities await those who want to camp without getting their hands dirty.

A chef is there to prepare gourmet meals, fresh trout sauteed with herbs and French toast topped with huckleberries picked from the mountains.

Or, if you like, a hot dog roasted over the fire with pork and beans.

A butler makes your posh king-sized bed each day, schedules spa facials and draws your bath.

Or, if you like, will start a campfire and cook you up some s’mores.

This is glamorous camping — also known as glamping — a trend that’s popping up nationwide as people want to enjoy the beauty of nature, even the basics of camping, without getting down and dirty.

Andrew Dodds, an Indianapolis cop, isn’t ashamed to admit that is the exact kind of camping he enjoys. No sleeping on a hard ground, no going to the bathroom in the woods, no doing without his ESPN.

“I will keep camping in my travel trailer, or home on wheels as my friends call it,” Dodds said. “So what if it has two bedrooms, a full kitchen, two flat-screen TVs, a Wii game system and a full bathroom?”

Dodds’ form of glamping, however, doesn’t compare to what guests experience at The Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, Mont. It is considered one of the glitziest glamping spots in the United States.

This is the resort where each camper has a personal chef and butler. It is a resort where one campsite sits on the elbow of a river atop a cliff.

“The location is insane,” said John Romfo, director of sales and marketing. “The views are breathtaking.”

The resort started putting up glamping sites in 2005. Each of its five glamp-sites has six tents, each site with its own restaurant, butler and chef.

“They really are at your beck and call with whatever you need,” Romfo said. “You’re staying in a 5-star type of environment.”

But you can still go hiking, fly-fishing, river rafting and dozens more camping activities. Prices range from $1,100 to $2,000 a night.

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