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RV Camping at J. Strom Thurmond Lake Georgia

RV Camping at Thurmond Lake Georgia

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has signed a cooperative agreement with Outdoor Recreation and Outreach Inc. (OT&R) for the daily operations of five campgrounds at Thurmond Lake in Georgia.

The Georgia non-profit organization, which provides operations and maintenance for public parks and recreational facilities, will take over operation of Modoc, Petersburg, Raysville, Ridge Road, and Winfield campgrounds on Oct. 1,

“Our park visitors will see very little difference in the way our parks are operated,” said Scott Hyatt, the corps project operations manager. “Instead of camping revenues going to the U.S. Treasury, this new agreement will allow fees collected at a campground to be re-invested in that particular campground.”

Fees will be used for maintenance and upkeep, as well as enhancement projects at the campgrounds.
“This is a significant change that will help us keep the campgrounds in great shape and provide a source of funding for future improvements,” Hyatt said.

The corps will continue to provide visitor assistance, perform maintenance, and oversee all operations in these parks.
While other Corps projects in the country use cooperative agreements to operate parks, this is the first of its kind for the Corps’ Savannah District, which oversees three dam and lake projects on the Savannah River: Hartwell, Richard B. Russell and Thurmond.

“Declining federal recreation budgets in recent years require an innovative approach to operating our nation’s parks,” Hyatt said. “By collaborating with partners like OR&O, we can keep parks open and continue to offer quality recreation to millions of visitors every year.”

Thurmond Lake is one of the nation’s largest and most popular public recreation areas with 151,000 acres of land and water. Each year, an estimated 5.5 million people use the many public parks, marinas, and campgrounds conveniently located around the lake, making Thurmond one of the 10 most-visited Corps lakes in the nation.

Story Source The Augusta Chronicle

 

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.

Will the fall syrup-making celebration at a state historic site now be brought to you by Aunt Jemima? Or a waterfall in a state park be supported by Coke?

Such partnerships could be possible as Georgia’s state parks division scrambles to keep parks open and educational programs thriving.

Leaders at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources have had almost a year to come up with creative ways to save money or increase revenue since the state parks budget was cut by almost 40 percent. Additional minor cuts are expected in fiscal 2011, but not on the scale that required last year’s layoffs and reduced park hours, Commissioner Chris Clark said.

Among the state’s new strategies, Clark said, are corporate sponsorships of park programs or features; creating a nonprofit agency to apply for educational grants to be used at parks; adding new camp sites and cottages at popular parks; and better marketing and access to state-run properties such as fish hatcheries and wildlife management areas.
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