Campsites – Colchester Camping http://colchestercamping.co.uk/ Sun, 07 Aug 2022 11:09:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://colchestercamping.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default1.png Campsites – Colchester Camping http://colchestercamping.co.uk/ 32 32 ABQ can take back its streets and its park and help the homeless https://colchestercamping.co.uk/abq-can-take-back-its-streets-and-its-park-and-help-the-homeless/ Sun, 07 Aug 2022 06:02:54 +0000 https://colchestercamping.co.uk/abq-can-take-back-its-streets-and-its-park-and-help-the-homeless/ Coronado Park’s years-long surrender to the crime and chaos of a large homeless camp has come to an end. This is good news, and we commend Mayor Tim Keller on his decision to close it. Not only has the park been dangerous — home to stabbings, homicides, and heavy drug trafficking — it has created […]]]>

Coronado Park’s years-long surrender to the crime and chaos of a large homeless camp has come to an end. This is good news, and we commend Mayor Tim Keller on his decision to close it.

Not only has the park been dangerous — home to stabbings, homicides, and heavy drug trafficking — it has created miserable trading and living conditions for nearby businesses and residents. Worse, Coronado Park symbolized a city that does not fully control its streets and a roaming policy that is too accommodating to destructive behavior.

With the mayor’s announcement, we are happy to see things moving in another direction.

Ultimately, we need to restore balance to how we approach homelessness in Albuquerque. On the one hand, we should be a central service provider. We must provide safe shelter, access to various forms of temporary and transitional housing, food and clothing, medical care, assistance with registration for public assistance, identity recovery and more Again. That’s what a compassionate and caring community does.

On the other hand, our town is not a campground. We have to say it. And then apply it. Those experiencing homelessness have the freedom to choose whether or not to take up the significant help available to them, but if they do not, it must be clear that they cannot camp day in and day out on our streets, next to our businesses and in our parks. There are other cities willing to give up tracts of land or entire streets to homeless campers, but Albuquerque just doesn’t have to be one of them.

Going forward, we first encourage the city council to abandon a camp strategy. Whether you call them “safe outdoor spaces” or something else, any policy that encourages our town to be used as a campground is no good. Forgive our skepticism, but most businesses — and probably most residents — don’t believe a sanctioned homeless camp would be safe or small for very long. And the proliferation of homeless camps – however they are constituted – would not make our community a safer place or help us attract talent, tourists, new residents or employers.

Second, regarding the future of Coronado Park, closing one homeless camp only to replace it with another — albeit under a different structure, with different promises — would be unfair and reckless.

Third, with intent, we should make Albuquerque an uncomfortable place to camp for the homeless. We want those who want help to receive it, but otherwise we don’t want our compassion to be taken for granted. If that means hiring a lot more people to tear down campsites and move people around, so be it. And if that means homeless campers get fed up and head to a town less bothered by their campsites, that’s fine, too.

And finally, our chamber of commerce has been a strong supporter of the Gateway Center, a large-scale 24/7 shelter located closer to downtown than other existing overnight shelters, where services can be collocated and coordinated and where first responders can drop homeless people off for a safe night, rehab, medical attention or other assistance. It is a proven model.

Voters approved the Gateway Center project several years ago, as did the city council. The administration has found a suitable location for it, less than 20 miles from town – in a former medical center, no less. Now the full intent of the Gateway Center must be realized. It’s time for the calls and delays to stop.

We urge City Council to do whatever it takes to move forward with the full opening of the Gateway Center. It should serve a large population every day – homeless single adults, in particular. Shuttle buses from across the city, along with first responders, are expected to continually take those in need of assistance to the facility, where they will find service providers working together to meet, treat and get them back on their feet.

In our view, Albuquerque’s homeless problem does not have to be hopeless. We can do good for the homeless and for the rights of our residents and businesses. We can defend the integrity of our streets, parks and properties while helping those in need.

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Body discovered at campsite believed to be that of a convicted sex offender from Donegal https://colchestercamping.co.uk/body-discovered-at-campsite-believed-to-be-that-of-a-convicted-sex-offender-from-donegal/ Fri, 05 Aug 2022 18:34:16 +0000 https://colchestercamping.co.uk/body-discovered-at-campsite-believed-to-be-that-of-a-convicted-sex-offender-from-donegal/ A body found in a trailer park in Dublin is believed to be that of a convicted sex offender from Donegal. According to several national media, the body is that of Patrick Porter, a 45-year-old serial sex offender from Inch Island. Porter’s remains were found in a van at the Camac Valley Caravan and Camping […]]]>

A body found in a trailer park in Dublin is believed to be that of a convicted sex offender from Donegal.

According to several national media, the body is that of Patrick Porter, a 45-year-old serial sex offender from Inch Island.

Porter’s remains were found in a van at the Camac Valley Caravan and Camping Park in Clondalkin on July 27.

He had checked into the park in early July using his own name.

His remains were found after locals complained of a strong smell coming from a van parked at the site.

When Gardaí examined the van, they found human remains inside.

The remains were removed and an autopsy was performed on the badly decomposed body.

A Garda spokesman confirmed the discovery of a man’s body.

Foul play is not suspected in Porter’s death.

A spokesperson said: “Gardaí in Clondalkin is investigating the discovery of the body of a man in a car on Naas Road, Clondalkin on July 27, 2022. A case is being prepared for coroners court.”

Porter, who was from Grange on Inch Island, was convicted of lewd behavior and other sex offenses dating back to 2011.

He has served prison sentences for a number of incidents here and in the North.

Porter was jailed for 14 months at Derry Magistrates Court in 2015 when he pleaded guilty to committing an act that outraged public decency.

On this occasion, he leaned over a seat over a sleeping woman on a bus traveling from Dublin to Derry and masturbated next to her while she slept.

In 2016 he received a six-month suspended prison sentence for exposing himself to two women from a flat on Strand Road in Derry.

In February 2021, Porter was due to appear again in Letterkenny District Court charged with committing a lewd act on Aileach Road in Buncrana on May 11, 2017.

Porter was unable to appear because he was already serving time for similar offenses in the North.

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Plan for oak beetle control in the San Bernardino National Forest https://colchestercamping.co.uk/plan-for-oak-beetle-control-in-the-san-bernardino-national-forest/ Thu, 04 Aug 2022 00:02:02 +0000 https://colchestercamping.co.uk/plan-for-oak-beetle-control-in-the-san-bernardino-national-forest/ A beetle responsible for the death of tens of thousands of oak trees is in the crosshairs of a federal agency which hopes to prevent it from spreading in the local mountains. The US Forest Service is developing a proposal for the treatment of trees infested with the golden spotted oak borer in the San […]]]>

A beetle responsible for the death of tens of thousands of oak trees is in the crosshairs of a federal agency which hopes to prevent it from spreading in the local mountains.

The US Forest Service is developing a proposal for the treatment of trees infested with the golden spotted oak borer in the San Bernardino National Forest.

The proposal includes studying the trees in which the tiny insect lives and possibly cutting them down or spraying them with insecticide.

“We are very excited to begin developing this long-term strategy to mitigate infestations threatening our oak trees,” Forestry Supervisor Danelle Harrison said. “The tools we propose to use will help us detect and treat infestations as soon as reasonably possible and slow the spread of these borers.

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Kids Outdoors Otsego plans a family hike around Pickerel Lake on August 6 https://colchestercamping.co.uk/kids-outdoors-otsego-plans-a-family-hike-around-pickerel-lake-on-august-6/ Tue, 02 Aug 2022 10:00:13 +0000 https://colchestercamping.co.uk/kids-outdoors-otsego-plans-a-family-hike-around-pickerel-lake-on-august-6/ GAYLORD – Kids Outdoors Otsego will be hosting a family hike on the Pickerel Lake Trail in the Pigeon River Country State Forest from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, August 6. Sam Cornelius of Kids Outdoors Otsego (KOO) said the hike around Pickerel Lake is about two miles long and includes pine, jack pine, […]]]>

GAYLORD – Kids Outdoors Otsego will be hosting a family hike on the Pickerel Lake Trail in the Pigeon River Country State Forest from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, August 6.

Sam Cornelius of Kids Outdoors Otsego (KOO) said the hike around Pickerel Lake is about two miles long and includes pine, jack pine, aspen and cedar, as well as many types of undergrowth more small.

“There is a boardwalk section and a footbridge over Pickerel Creek. We’ll see wildflowers, mushrooms, ferns, butterflies, dragonflies, etc. If we’re lucky, an eagle might soar over the above our heads,” he said.

“KOO focuses on young children up to age eight. Parents/guardians will be with their children throughout the ride. Older siblings are welcome so families can do it together Children who cannot walk all the way will need a lift from their parent/guardian,” Cornelius added.

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Here’s where to find Canada’s ‘most epic’ campsites https://colchestercamping.co.uk/heres-where-to-find-canadas-most-epic-campsites/ Sun, 31 Jul 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://colchestercamping.co.uk/heres-where-to-find-canadas-most-epic-campsites/ Scouts Canada polled its 46,704 members to name the best campsites, plus some hidden gems As camping sees unprecedented popularity as a safe option for travellers, Scouts Canada has revealed the country’s “most epic” campsites to help you decide where to go for your vacation getaway. According to a survey of the Scouting organization’s 46,704 […]]]>

Scouts Canada polled its 46,704 members to name the best campsites, plus some hidden gems

As camping sees unprecedented popularity as a safe option for travellers, Scouts Canada has revealed the country’s “most epic” campsites to help you decide where to go for your vacation getaway.

According to a survey of the Scouting organization’s 46,704 members, nearby Algonquin Park ranks third.

The survey also explored many “decision-making questions” that are key to finding the best campsite for any level or type of adventure.

Jasper National Park landed at the top of the list, getting nearly 40% of the vote. It is the largest park in the Rocky Mountains and is part of the UNESCO Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site.

Located on Vancouver Island, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve came second, with 34.6% of the Scouting community voting for the oceanside oasis. The park includes Long Beach, which was recently included in a list of the 100 best beaches in the world. It is part of three sections of the park, between Ucluelet and Tofino, and extends over 10 kilometers.

Here are the top five epic destinations, according to Scouts Canada:

  1. Jasper National Park, Alberta – 39.5%
  2. Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, British Columbia – 34.6%
  3. Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario – 32.9%
  4. Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador – 27.3%
  5. Fundy National Park, New Brunswick – 22.5%

Scouts Canada has also used its “multi-generational knowledge of conventional and unconventional campsites” to identify the best “hidden gem” campsites across Canada, including Ontario’s Bon Echo Provincial Park in southeastern Ontario, north of Kaladar and approximately six kilometers north of Cloyne in the townships of Addington Highlands and North Frontenac.











Campsite name Province Why is it a ‘Gem?’
Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park alberta Straddling the Milk River, nestled in hoodoos (incredible rock structures), rich in history.
Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve British Columbia Lush rainforest islands, rich in Haida culture (learning opportunities) and wildlife sightings.
Spruce Woods Provincial Park Manitoba Sand dunes to explore where the Assiniboine River flowed.
Pollett Cove New Scotland Challenging coastal hikes overlooking stellar bay views
Virginia Falls, Nahanni National Park Reserve Northern Territories Stunning waterfalls in remote nature
Bon Echo Provincial Park Ontario Paddle under towering cliffs or take a walk through the forest.
Grasslands National Park Saskatchewan Experience the Badlands with expansive skies and endangered prairie wildlife

What makes a campsite a “dream spot”?

The Scout community said:

  1. Views (panoramic, worthy of my screen saver) – 84.8%
  2. Proximity to water – 63.9%
  3. Activity options available (fishing/paddling/hiking/bicycle, etc.) – 57.0%
  4. Wildlife (deer are cute) – 39.3%
  5. Absolute calm (as far away as possible) – 39.3%
  6. Toilets (flush…need I say more?) – 26.4%

When asked what their favorite way to camp was, more than half of respondents (58.9%) said they preferred “a site with drive-through access”, while 24.6% of they prefer to access their campsite by paddling, and 16.6% of campers prefer to walk to their destination.

You can see complete information on the best campsites in Canada, photos and booking information with Scouts Canada’s Epic Camping Companion at www.scouts.ca/EpicCampsites.

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Refrigeration specialist Penguin turns 20 – Motorhome News – Motorhomes & Campervans https://colchestercamping.co.uk/refrigeration-specialist-penguin-turns-20-motorhome-news-motorhomes-campervans/ Thu, 28 Jul 2022 23:08:15 +0000 https://colchestercamping.co.uk/refrigeration-specialist-penguin-turns-20-motorhome-news-motorhomes-campervans/ f0b75df4-c868-46fd-9aec-a6bd8e2187eb Penguin Refrigeration, which supplies refrigeration and air conditioning systems to the RV, marine and hotel mini bar industry, celebrates 20 years in business Launched at London’s Earl’s Court boat show in 2002, Penguin now offers a full range of standard 12V and 24V fridges and freezers ranging in […]]]>

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Penguin Refrigeration, which supplies refrigeration and air conditioning systems to the RV, marine and hotel mini bar industry, celebrates 20 years in business


Launched at London’s Earl’s Court boat show in 2002, Penguin now offers a full range of standard 12V and 24V fridges and freezers ranging in capacity from 16 to 400 litres, as well as air conditioning systems, wine coolers, ice makers and cold rooms for superyachts.


This year also marks a change for the company’s founder, Ian Gorringe, who is stepping down within the next 12 months.


Chris Feibusch, who has 35 years of experience in the marine industry, will join the company as Director of Operations and Marketing, while Jake Edmonds will also join as Technical Support Engineer.


Managing Director Zeb Elliott says:


I would like to thank Ian, who founded Penguin and has been my business partner for 15 years, for all he has done for the company and I am proud of what we have achieved together. Of course we will miss Ian, but Penguin has many new opportunities to focus on and we have a truly fantastic team of dedicated employees who are excited about the prospects for this great company to grow and develop over the next 20 years. !


Chris says,


It is a privilege to have the opportunity to join a company with Penguin’s outstanding reputation. I hope I will be able to do justice to Ian’s legacy and help Zeb and the team continue to build on this platform of success.



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Line up with millions, enjoy our state parks https://colchestercamping.co.uk/line-up-with-millions-enjoy-our-state-parks/ Tue, 26 Jul 2022 20:34:34 +0000 https://colchestercamping.co.uk/line-up-with-millions-enjoy-our-state-parks/ We Rock locals have certainly noticed. There are so many more cars and RVs on our two-lane highway this summer, many with those Discover Pass State Parks dangling from the rear view mirror. Our tourist promoters call our Rock “the shortest distance to far”. And at first glance, an increasing number of people are taking […]]]>

We Rock locals have certainly noticed. There are so many more cars and RVs on our two-lane highway this summer, many with those Discover Pass State Parks dangling from the rear view mirror. Our tourist promoters call our Rock “the shortest distance to far”. And at first glance, an increasing number of people are taking this giant leap.

I was wondering what attracted our visitors and where they park and stay, so I checked with Chris Holm, Regional Manager of Central Whidbey State Parks, and Jason Armstrong, Regional Manager of Deception Pass State Park. Here’s something I didn’t realize until I spoke with them. There are eight state parks on Whidbey Island. Count them, eight! In order from south to north: Possession Point, South Whidbey, Fort Casey, Fort Ebey, Ebey’s Landing, Joseph Whidbey, Dugualla and Deception Pass.

Our island has approximately 169 square miles of land and a permanent population of approximately 70,000 people, but in 2021 approximately 4.6 million visitors came to Whidbey State Park. And the number should be about the same this year. Deception Pass, the most-visited park in the state system with its iconic bridge, saw about 3.2 million visitors last year and the other eight saw about 1.4 million. In other words, somewhere between 1.5 million and 2 million vehicles of all kinds entered our Rock state parks, each with two, three or more people on board.

Of course, we Rock locals also visit our state parks, but even if each of us made 10 visits, that would only be about 16% of the total. Most visitors come from elsewhere.

“Last year was incredibly busy and every weekend felt like the 4th of July,” Armstrong said. “This year it may be a little less but not a lot.”

Holm Parks saw a 20% increase in visitor numbers in 2021 compared to 2020 and, “we’re just as busy right now as then, but we were a bit slower earlier this year due to rainy all the time”.

It is clear, however. Campsites are almost always full at our Whidbey State Parks, with most being booked up to a year in advance. Part of the problem is the relatively small number of campsites here. Only Deception Pass, Fort Casey and Fort Ebey have campsites; Whidbey’s other five state parks are day-only.

Deception Pass has 360 locations and “and in the summer we’re always full,” Armstrong said. Fort Ebey has 50 campsites and Fort Casey has 35, and they’ve been at least 96% busy every weekend so far this summer, Holm said. “You can try to get a first-come, first-served site, but you’ll only get one if you’re very lucky.”

Armstrong added, “If we canceled all reservations in the park today, they would all be filled in a day or two.” Demand is so high that people check the online reservation system regularly, sometimes hourly.

The relatively low number of campsites means that the vast majority of visitors to our state park are day trippers here for a hike, picnic or swim, to enjoy the view from Ebey’s Landing or to take a selfie on Deception. Pass Bridge.

The huge increase in visitors to our parks last year compared to previous years was largely due to the receding pandemic and people determined to get away and enjoy the outdoors after more than a year. locked up at home. Some expected traffic to slow this year, especially as gas prices rose above $5 a gallon. But it didn’t happen.

Whidbey was discovered by millions as a quick getaway, a destination, a “retreat from madness”, as Holm described it. And those from further afield, even with big motorhomes that do two miles per gallon, are heading here as a “reward” for surviving the pandemic.

Whidbey offers camping, hiking, fishing, whale watching and kayaking, as well as restaurants, historic sites and interesting shops. In addition to eight state parks, it has the Evey’s Landing National Historic Reserve and a number of rural properties maintained by the Whidbey Camano Land Trust where people can hike and explore.

“When I came here three and a half years ago and met park managers in other areas, I would tell them I’m on Whidbey and many would say ‘Wow! It is one of the most sought after places to be a manager. “”Holm became Central Whidbey’s regional manager in 2018, after relocating from San Antonio, Texas.

Of course, having millions of visitors to our parks has consequences. “At the end of the summer season, our campsites are pretty ragged, worn, and the grass is gone,” Armstrong said. “But the biggest impact on Deception Pass is our aging infrastructure, which is between 80 and 100 years old in terms of water, sewer and electricity.”

The park has 27 sewer vaults with lift stations that must be constantly monitored. As Armstrong says: 350 campsites with an average of three people per site means up to 1,800 showers a day in aging toilets. Deception Pass has a water bill of up to $30,000 per month during peak season. And its cost for sewage, which is treated by the nearby naval base, is $12,000 a month.

But for Armstrong, who became the park’s superintendent in 2017 after serving years as a state patrol officer, the joy of his job outweighs his challenges.

“I become the happy and friendly mayor of Deception Pass State Park,” he said. “We have great visitors who are very respectful and come here with their families to have a beautiful and peaceful time.”

And, despite the increased traffic, we Rock locals really love to hear visitors tell us how lucky we are to live here.

Harry Anderson is a retired journalist who worked for the Los Angeles Times and lives in Central Whidbey.

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With records set to fall, city dwellers flee the heat if they can https://colchestercamping.co.uk/with-records-set-to-fall-city-dwellers-flee-the-heat-if-they-can/ Sun, 24 Jul 2022 18:52:56 +0000 https://colchestercamping.co.uk/with-records-set-to-fall-city-dwellers-flee-the-heat-if-they-can/ Comment this story Comment PROMISED LAND, Pa. — It’s not exactly flowing with milk and honey — just ask the struggling black bears in the area — but for city dwellers in the northeast trying to escape a heat wave from near a week that only threatened to escalate on Sunday, Promised Land offered respite. […]]]>

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PROMISED LAND, Pa. — It’s not exactly flowing with milk and honey — just ask the struggling black bears in the area — but for city dwellers in the northeast trying to escape a heat wave from near a week that only threatened to escalate on Sunday, Promised Land offered respite.

Those with the resources fled to pools, beaches and higher elevations like Promised Land State Park, 1,800 feet (550 meters) in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains and about a 2.5-hour drive from New York and Philadelphia.

From the Pacific Northwest to the southern Great Plains to the heavily populated Interstate 95 corridor, more than 85 million Americans woke up Sunday to excessive heat warnings or heat advisories issued by the National Weather Service. The agency warned of “extremely oppressive” conditions from Washington to Boston.

Even in the Promised Land, temperatures were expected to soar above 90 (32 degrees Celsius), but with forest shade, cool lake water and mountain breezes, it was more than tolerable, the authorities said. visitors.

Rosa Chavez, 47, a high school teacher in Manhattan, applied sunscreen on a beach at Promised Land Lake. She and her friend Arlene Rodriguez, who was accompanying her, had just experienced Europe’s own heat wave while vacationing last week in Florence, Italy.

“The heat follows us,” said Rodriguez, 47, a realtor and property manager.

Many records are expected to be tied or broken in the northeast, the weather service said.

Philadelphia was expected to reach 100 degrees (38 degrees Celsius) on Sunday before even accounting for humidity. At least one heat-related death in New York has been reported. Across the region, sporting events have been shortened or postponed.

Philadelphia officials have extended a heat emergency through Sunday, sending workers to check on homeless people and knock on doors for other vulnerable residents. The city also opened cooling centers and parked air-conditioned buses at four intersections for people to cool off.

Forecasters urged people to wear light clothing, drink plenty of water, limit time outdoors and watch the elderly and pets.

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu declared a heat-related emergency through Monday and kept a dozen cooling centers open.

New York City Triathlon organizers shortened the distances athletes had to run and cycle. This weekend’s Boston Triathlon has been rescheduled for August 20-21.

On the west coast, forecasters warned of extreme heat arriving early in the week and persisting through the weekend. Temperatures could hit daily records in Seattle, Portland and northern California by Tuesday and be the highest since a heat wave last year that killed hundreds in the Pacific Northwest .

Many homes in the often rainy region lack air conditioning, and authorities have warned that indoor heat is likely to build up during the week, increasing the risk of heat-related illnesses, which medical officials say. Boston emergency also warned.

Chavez, in Promised Land, said she has asthma and needs to keep her inhaler handy, especially “when the heat is so thick I can’t breathe”. Breezes and clearer air in the mountains help, she says.

It was already over 80 degrees by mid-morning when Mhamed Moussa Boudjelthia, a 31-year-old Uber driver from Queens, lit a grill at the beach to make kebabs. He and another friend from Queens had fled the scorching chaos of the city for the day.

“It’s really hot there,” Boudjelthia said. “There is also too much humidity.”

His friend, Kamel Mahiout, 35, agreed as he stood in a cooling breeze: “It’s crazy in New York.”

The heat even lessened within an hour’s drive, at lower elevations. In Scranton, Pennsylvania, Sunday’s high was expected to be 97 and not drop below 70 overnight.

“It also leads to danger. People don’t get this relief overnight,” said Weather Services forecaster Lily Chapman. “This stress on the body is sort of cumulative over time.”

The region was also drier than usual, she said.

Regular campers and cabin residents at Promised Land attribute the dry conditions to unusually high bear sightings. Animals scour neighborhoods and campsites for scraps as streams and bays dry up.

“Today is hot,” said Alex Paez, 34, of Scranton, sitting under a shaded awning on the beach in Promised Land. “If you don’t need to be outdoors to do something productive, then stay indoors.”

Associated Press writers Jennifer Peltz in New York contributed to this report; Matthew Brown in Billings, Montana; Michael Hill in Albany, NY: Jennifer McDermott in Providence, Rhode Island; and Curt Anderson in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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A guide to how and where https://colchestercamping.co.uk/a-guide-to-how-and-where/ Fri, 22 Jul 2022 15:31:00 +0000 https://colchestercamping.co.uk/a-guide-to-how-and-where/ Camping in the Catskills is an everyday escape that many desire. The Catskills represent a mix of adventure and relaxation as a mecca of nature that is not far from the Big Apple. Whether travelers are venturing into the Catskills solo, in a small group, or with the family, there’s a campsite for them. There […]]]>

Camping in the Catskills is an everyday escape that many desire. The Catskills represent a mix of adventure and relaxation as a mecca of nature that is not far from the Big Apple.

Whether travelers are venturing into the Catskills solo, in a small group, or with the family, there’s a campsite for them. There are plenty of choices here, from more laid-back sites with hot showers to wilderness campgrounds where travelers can get closer to nature.

What to know about camping in the Catskills

The Catskills are quite a famous destination for travelers. Located just north of the Hudson Valley and a short drive from New York City, the Catskills were once the epitome of lavish travel for those in the northeast. Now, in calmer times, it has become a destination for outdoor enthusiasts and campers. Encompassing 7,000,000 acres of rolling natural landscape, there is plenty of nature to discover. Travelers can discover unspoiled lakes, rivers and hiking trails. Travelers can also enjoy the area’s wildlife or perhaps try their hand at horseback riding.

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Activities

  • Cycling
  • boating
  • Fishing
  • Trek – Trail maps
  • Ride a horse
  • Paddle
  • snow sports
  • Swimming
  • Wildlife viewing

When to Camp in the Catskills

The Catskills are closed for camping during the winter, but they do open some Catskill campsites starting in the spring, primarily for fishing. Summer is a great time to come for campers who prefer a drier experience. Catskills weather doesn’t usually get unbearably hot in the summer. Fall is a good time for those looking to experience foliage or possibly hunt as it coincides with hunting season.

Top rated campsites in the Catskills

With so many campsites in the Catskills to consider, it’s hard to narrow down to the top-rated ones. However, to help travelers make that decision, here are six sites that get the best reviews.

Related: Craig-e-Clair: Is This Abandoned Catskills Castle Really Cursed?

North/South Lake Campground

The North and South Lake Campground is the usual home base for hikers visiting the Catskills. It’s near incredible viewpoints, Kaaterskill Falls (New York’s largest), historic structures, and miles of trails to cover all skill levels. Additionally, those staying at these campsites will have easy access to two lakes for swimming and fishing, and there are also boats for rent.

  • Tent or RV sites
  • Sites – 207
  • Guests – Up to 6 people per pitch
  • Vehicles – Up to 6 per site
  • No wheelchair access

Valley of the Woods Campground

Located at the base of Slide Mountain, the highest in the Catskills is Woodland Valley Campground. Being near what could be considered the best hiking trails in the state and with the feeling of being on the edge of the world, it is an attractive choice for those looking for the absolute best hiking experience.

  • Tent or RV sites
  • Sites – 65
  • Guests – Up to 6 per site
  • Vehicles – Up to 6 per site
  • No wheelchair access

Mongaup pond campsite

Mongaup Pond, at 120 acres, is a pond in name only. Being quite large, it abounds with fish while being isolated and in the middle of the wild Catskills. The dense forests that surround this campsite are teeming with life. It is the ideal campsite for travelers who prefer complete privacy and the possibility of being immersed in nature.


  • Tent or RV sites
  • Sites – 154
  • Guests – Up to 6 per site
  • Vehicles – Up to 6 per site
  • No wheelchair access

Kenneth L. Wilson Campground and Day Use Area

For travelers who value accessibility to a bit of everything, the Kenneth L. Wilson Campground and Day Use Area will be the perfect place for them. There are accessible boat rentals and boat launches, a fishing pier, hiking and biking trails, and even hot showers! A luxury that is not commonly found in these campsites.

  • Tent or RV sites
  • Sites – 71
  • Guests – Up to 6 per site
  • Vehicles – Up to 6 per site
  • No wheelchair access

Devil’s Tombstone Campground

Despite its scary name, it’s an incredibly hospitable campsite. This campground is in the mountain town of Hunter. It is also one of the oldest and smallest sites in the Catskills. It offers aesthetic landscapes, fishing, swimming, hiking and biking trails, and a bit of devilish mystery.

  • Tent or RV sites
  • Sites – 22 slots
  • Guests – Up to 6 per site
  • Vehicles – Up to 6 vehicles
  • No wheelchair access

Related: This Is What Summer Was Like In The Catskills In The 1950s

Bear Spring Mountain Campground

This campsite is open to campers in tents and motorhomes. Bear Spring spans 7,100 acres and holds the title of New York’s only state park intended specifically for horseback riding. There are also trails suitable for hiking and biking, but there will be horses around this site, so travelers should keep this in mind.

  • Tent or RV sites
  • Sites – 41 pitches
  • Guests – Up to 6 per site
  • Vehicles – Up to 6 per site
  • No wheelchair access

Dos and Don’ts of Camping Catskills

Travelers have a few things to keep in mind when planning their Catskills adventure. It is important to follow the rules and regulations of the area as they exist to help maintain them for future use.

Brief rules and regulations to consider

  • All persons entering a campground must register.
  • All campers must obtain a camping permit.
  • Campers can check in from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. but must register and occupy their campsite by 9:00 p.m. on the first night of their reservation or the campsite will be subject to re-rental and fees may be forfeited . .
  • Campers must leave their campsite no later than 10:00 a.m. on the last day.
  • Camping permits will not be issued for more than 14 nights but may be renewed depending on the availability of sites.
  • Full rules and regulations


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Family fun at a low price https://colchestercamping.co.uk/family-fun-at-a-low-price/ Wed, 20 Jul 2022 23:46:00 +0000 https://colchestercamping.co.uk/family-fun-at-a-low-price/ PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) — If you’re looking for inexpensive family fun, St. Andrews State Park in Panama City offers all the fun in the sun. “We are open 365 days a year, from 8 a.m. until sunset,” said Scott Robinson, park manager. Boating, hiking, and fishing are just a few of the things you […]]]>

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) — If you’re looking for inexpensive family fun, St. Andrews State Park in Panama City offers all the fun in the sun.

“We are open 365 days a year, from 8 a.m. until sunset,” said Scott Robinson, park manager.

Boating, hiking, and fishing are just a few of the things you can find at St. Andrews State Park.

“We offer picnics, swimming, all kinds of water sports, wildlife viewing, and many other activities you can do in the park,” Robinson said.

Another of these activities is the possibility for visitors to go camping in tents or motorhomes.

The campsite is even getting a makeover.

“Our campground is under construction right now, but we’ll have 158 campsites when it’s fully renovated after Hurricane Michael,” Robinson said.

A boat launch is even available in the area.

“We have a very popular boat launch,” Robinson said. “We are the closest boat launch to the inlet here. So many people use it especially during the fishing season.

With seemingly everything going up in price these days, state parks, just like St. Andrews, still offer low-cost entertainment for families.

“It’s $4 for a single occupant to enter the park in one vehicle and $8 for up to eight people in the same vehicle,” Robinson said.

There’s a lot to discover at the park and that’s what makes it so special.

“Well, they’re great because it’s a fun outdoor adventure for the whole family and it’s very affordable,” Robinson said. “You get all day activities in the park. you can spend the whole day in the park for an additional charge.”

Affordability, fun and quality time for the whole family.

For more information about the park, you can visit the St. Andrews State Park website.

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