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CROWLEY, Texas, May 14, 2012 – It’s not too late to book a campsite, cabin or cottage for Memorial Day weekend.

At least 11 Texas campgrounds and RV parks still had availability for the holiday weekend as of Friday.

“We sent out an email blast to over 350 of our affiliated campgrounds, RV parks and resorts in Texas and 11 responded right away to tell us they still had vacancies for Memorial Day weekend,” said Brian Schaeffer, executive director and CEO of the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO).

Most of the parks that still have campsites, cabins or cottages available can be booked through TexasCampgrounds.com orTexasCabinRentals.net. But the association is also providing phone numbers and individual websites for these parks as well. They include:

 

The California Coastal Commission late Wednesday night granted the Lawson’s Landing travel trailer owners five years to remove more than 200 privately owned travel trailers from the beachfront campground. The extension, requested by the campground owners, was approved on a 10-1 vote.

A representative of the Lawson family, which has owned the property south of Dillon Beach at the mouth of Tomales Bay since the 1920s, said the decision would put them out of business.

“I hear your frustration and I understand it,” Commission Chairwoman Mary Shallenberger replied.

“I feel for everybody who has a trailer. This is sad,” Commissioner Steve Blank said prior to the 7-4 vote to eliminate the aging trailers, which sit a stone’s throw from the Pacific surf.

Blank and Shallenberger voted for the removal of the trailers.

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Thousands of RVers and campers who love the outdoors soon will be coming to or staying in Jackson County, Michigan- to enjoy a favorite American pastime: camping.

Several area campgrounds are cleaning, pruning and adding new amenities to accommodate big summer crowds, which start trickling in during Memorial Day weekend.

“With the price of gas, hopefully we’ll have a lot of them that will come and stay put,” said Sandy Dunigan, manager of Jackson Elks Campgrounds, 3113 Lansing Ave. “People have really been calling for reservations now.”

With travel budgets being tight, campground owners are working to stay competitive and offer the best camping experience without people having to empty their wallets.

Greenwood Acres Family Campground, 2401 Hilton Road, near Grass Lake, has more than 1,000 campsites on its 300 acres of land that attract about 700 families during the summer.

The campground is building a new outdoor recreation complex, which will include tennis and basketball courts, a skate park and miniature golf. It already has a restaurant, pavilion, beach, pool, recreation center, wireless Internet and other amenities.
“It’s fun for us to have something new for the returning campers,” Kinchsular said.

The Oaks Resort in Munith recently underwent about $40,000 in renovations, which include a new food court, remodeled bathrooms, a new seating area and remodeled and cleaned fishing and swimming ponds.

Owners Tammy and Tim Roark also plan to install a wheelchair accessible ramp to the main office.

The 164-acre property, 7800 Cutler Road, is open year-round and offers swimming, fishing, children’s activities, mini-golf and other activities. The campground also has a general store with RV supplies, tent camping, laundry facilities and other amenities.
“Our big goal is to create new family memories and enjoy life, and they can do that here,” Roark said.

Roark said The Oaks Resort hosts about 500 visitors from June through August.

She said the campground is getting more local residents who want to get away but stay closer to home to save money. It also hosts several campers from the Detroit area.

“They’re trying to stay an hour within driving distance,” Roark said. “I try to make it convenient for them.”

Tom Brennan, who owns Apple Creek Campground & R.V. Park in Grass Lake with his mother, Mary Ann, said camping is an “inexpensive vacation in hard times.”

“We have the Up North atmosphere but without the price,” he said.

Apple Creek, 11185 Orban Road, has 180 sites and 125 acres of land.

“We’re totally full for Memorial Day, and we had to turn dozens away so far,” Mary Ann Brennan said.

They expect more local residents to stick around the area because of the gas prices.

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