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Branson RV Park 2009

Rising water on Lake Taneycomo at Branson, Missouri for forced RVers to evacuate the lakeside campground.

“All of the RV campers in the city’s RV Park were evacuated around 5 a.m. this morning,” Branson spokesman Jerry Adams said today. “The RV park is flooded.”

Rising water also has covered the boardwalk by the lake at Branson Landing and is beginning to seep into lower parking areas.

The city took preventative measures ahead of the rising water, turning off power to the Branson Landing parking structures and closing propane tank valves that serve restaurants on the east side of the lake.

Adams said the city’s Stockstill Park was not yet flooded, but with Lake Taneycomo still rising — and the possibility that water might be released from Table Rock Dam — he said it’s likely the park would be inundated.

Table Rock lake flood stage is now at 922 feet. In 2008, during the Branson floods, the lake crested at 933.

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With the opening next month of St. Peters’ 370 Lakeside Park, the city is getting closer to realizing its goals for the entire project.

One of the city’s goals is to operate a successful RV park. When the park opens, 50 campsites for recreational vehicles will be available. All of the sites are equipped with water, sanitary and electrical hookups. Each RV site has its own picnic table. Fees for RVs are between $35 and $40 daily. Some RV reservations require a three-night minimum stay. Campers can stay no longer than two weeks at any one site and a maximum of 60 days in the park.

RV pull-through sites are 18-feet by 72-feet and back-in sites are 18-by-55. The sites are equipped with 50-amp service. To reserve a campsite call 636-387-LAKE (5253). Campers receive free Wi-Fi service, and there will be round-the-clock on-site security.

St. Peters is trying to tie the park in with one of its most popular facilities; RV campers will be offered resident rates at the St. Peters Rec-Plex when they stay at the park.  Mid Rivers Mall also will be a popular attraction for RV campers. The mall and Rec-Plex are both about 10 minutes from the park.

Besides the RV sites, 10 other camp sites will be available after the grand opening. The park  is scheduled to open at 4 p.m. May 19.

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With the unofficial start of camping season a few months down the road, getting ready for the upcoming summer may be on the back burner for a lot of people.

But if you happen to be in the RV or camper business, it’s a busy time of the year. With sports shows scheduled around the state this time of year, RV dealers are busy — and that can translate into some good deals.

Even with the downturn in the economy, RV dealers say business has been good, as North Dakota’s economy remains comparably strong. Nationally, participation in camping has seen a resurgence.

According to RV Magazine, in 2008 there were about 300,000 more RV campers that took to the state parks and elsewhere than did in the previous year.

That trend followed in North Dakota. The state park system reported higher visitation in 2009 — a jump of 19 percent from the previous year.

Last year, there were 1.05 million people who visited state parks in North Dakota. The number of campers also increased by 11 percent over the previous year.

Rod Klinner, sales manager at Capital RV, said the RV industry has been making changes as well, keeping up with the ways people are choosing to spend their leisure time.

“Our local economy isn’t as bad as it is nationally,” he said. “In fact, we have had a very good year.”

He said manufacturers have come up with a lot of new floor plans geared toward those who don’t just camp.

Statistically, 80 percent to 85 percent of campers do more than just camp, whether it’s fishing, hiking, biking or riding motorcycles or ATVs.

One of the new types of floor plans that has come along in recent years is the “toy hauler,” an RV that drops open in the back with room to haul a motorcycle or ATV.

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