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Boating at Bonny Lake Wildlife Area Colorado

Boating at Bonny Lake Wildlife Area Colorado

Across the West during the past several years, beleaguered state park systems in Utah, Arizona, California and elsewhere  have made news as state governments have slashed budgets and threatened to permanently shutter some of their parks.

But Colorado’s state parks have taken a different path.

Since the state parks became part of the newly-created Colorado Parks and Wildlife in 2011, three of four state parks slated for closure prior to the merger have remained open and there are no plans to shut them down. The fourth park, Bonny Lake near Burlington, became a state wildlife area and remains open to the public.

Despite losing more than $27 million in revenue during the previous year, including some federal money the state receives for managing federally-owned reservoirs, Colorado’s state park system closed out its 2012 fiscal year with a $4.2 million budget surplus, according to a CPW financial report released this week.

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Bonny Lake is being managed as a State Wildlife Area and remains open to the public.  The Visitor Center and Camper Service buildings are closed and water and electric are not available.

Currently Colorado Parks and Wildlife is working with the United States Bureau of Reclamation, Yuma County Commissioners, the Three Rivers Alliance, Yuma County Economic Development Council and other community groups to determine the future of the former State Park.  The discussions include facilities and campgrounds that were previously managed by Colorado State Parks.  At present, Bonny Lake is being managed as part of the South Republican State Wildlife Area, a 13,000 acre management unit that offers deer, turkey, waterfowl and small game hunting.

Please check back for updates on any changes for the future management of Bonny Lake State Park or call the Southeast Regional Office in Colorado Springs at 719-227-5200.

“Camping fees go up a buck, but that’s not unusual,” said Mike Kenealy, recreation and special uses coordinator for the Colorado’s White River National Forest.

Children Playing at CampgroundSite fees vary depending on services, ranging from $17 at Pine Cove Campground to $24 at Heaton Bay, for those hooking up to electric. On the flip side, day-use fees went down a few dollars to $5 from last year’s $8.

Overnight guests will be charged a $5 extra vehicle fee for the second vehicle at a site. The previous concessionaire charged that fee for the third vehicle.

Other than fees, the public shouldn’t see much change in campground operations.

However, the new concessionaire plans to add sites to the online advance reservations system, as well as extend the reservation window beyond one week in advance.

The concessionaire may also extend some campground seasons, such as a handful around Dillon Reservoir, though they’ll remain first-come, first-served before Memorial Day and after Labor Day, Kenealy said, but reservations are available between the holidays. Typically, the season is mid-May through mid-September, but campgrounds such as Heaton Bay could remain open until Oct. 31.

Some Green Mountain Reservoir sites — McDonald Flats, Prairie Point, Cataract Creek — and Blue River campground will open May 4. The opening of the rest will be dependent on weather and demand, but all will be open by Memorial day, Waugh said.

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Camping World is celebrating the grand opening of its new Jacksonville location, officially named Camping World of Jacksonville.

Formerly Suncoast RV, Camping World of Jacksonville encompasses both a Camping World retail store and Camping World RV Sales dealership. It is located at 9012 Beach Blvd.

The grand-opening celebration, which began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 4, runs through next Sunday. Customers will find a good selection of hundreds of new and pre-owned RVs. In addition, there are daily camping accessory and parts specials, plus free door prizes to the first 50 customers each day and free coloring books for children. There will also be free lunch on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the grand-opening event.

“With its abundance of outdoor recreational activities and natural attractions, Jacksonville is an ideal location for Camping World,” said Camping World of Jacksonville General Manager of RV Sales Matt Bateh. “We look forward to continue serving the Florida, Southern Georgia and Jacksonville areas.

“This store – along with our new Birmingham store – is the first step to reaching 100 stores by 2014. We believe that the Greater Jacksonville market needed a full-service solution for RVers,” said Marcus Lemonis, Camping World’s chairman and CEO.

Camping World is the world’s largest retailer of recreational vehicles and provides outdoor enthusiasts more than 8,000 RV parts and accessories, service and collision centers along with other products and services to enhance the RV and outdoor lifestyle.

Today, the Lincolnshire, Ill.-based company serves more than 4 million RV enthusiasts with more than 81 RV lifestyle retail locations.

Camping World provides retail sale, finance, service and rental of recreational vehicles, with more than $300 million of new and used recreational vehicle inventory representing more than 13 RV manufacturers and 150 brand names.

In addition, Camping World currently operates in 33 states, including Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

For more information on Camping World of Jacksonville, call 1-877-508-5417 or go to campingworldofjacksonville.com.

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