Kurt Glassell 928 210-7505
Gunflint Trail; Fishing; Isle Royale National Park – boat trip if Lake Superior water levels high enough; Possible Kayaking near Lake Superior shore – depending on the weather; Kayaking in local lakes; Biking; Hiking; Golf (9 hole).
Parking lot across the street from the Court House, 411 W Second St, Grand Marais, MN. Host will contact Julie in Administration upon arrival, (218) 387-3000. Use 201 5th Ave, Grand Marais for directions.
From MN-61N, Turn left onto 5th Avenue W, parking lot will be on the left
across from the Court House. Fee or donation may be required.
N47.7529, W90.34033 – Click on link to see Google Map
Deannie Benge (972) 989-2139
Amnicon Falls, WI, Maritime Visitors Center, St. Louis Co. Heritage Center, Great Lakes aquarium, Old Fire and Police Museum, Mill Hill Mall, Glen Sheen Mansion, Richard Bong Museum (air force hero)
Tristate Fairgrounds, 4700 Tower Ave, Superior, WI
From US-2W/US-53N, take the WI-13 exit toward Douglas County Z, turn Left into Co Rd Z/State Hwy 13N, after 4mi, turn Right onto S Co Rd A, go 1.3mi, turn left into Woodlawn Rd, go about 2 mi then turn right into Tower Ave, Fairgrounds will be on the Right. Park in the Northwest Parking Lot, $10 for drycamping, $15 for electric hookups. Water and dump available.
N46.68206, W92.10263 – Click on link to see Google Map
Steven Weiler 978 387-9420 and Patricia Hinton 618 979-0743
Thirteen Island Boat Cruise and see lighthouses and sea caves, ferry to Madeline Island State Historic Museum, fresh fish at Cornacopia, National Forest w/campground, kayaking, fishing, hiking, Iron River
Bad River Casino, US Hwy 2, Odanah, WI
From Bessemer, MI, take US Hwy 2 West for 33miles, Casino will be on the right. $20 for Hookups, $10 for drycamping.
N46.59284, W90.64854 – Click on link to see Google Map
Jack Forslund 906 364-5872
Bike or hike the Bell Isle Trail. Hiking to local waterfalls. Kayak nearby lakes (rentals available). Visit mining and logging museums and Copper Peak, the biggest ski flying jump in the USA. Kayak, rock-hound swim, and or picnic along the shore of Lake Superior. On 8/1, visit Mercer, WI for the annual Loon Festival that includes music, food, arts and crafts and the famous loon calling contest. BBQ at Jack’s house in Ramsay. Fish fry at the VFW and Pizza at Ore House. Lots of other possibilities.
Eddy Park Campground, 316 Chicago Mine Rd, Wakefield, MI
Eddy Park is located on the north east shore of Sunday Lake, along Hwy M-28. $25/day W&E and $125/week (7 days for the price of 5). Reservations are recommended, call 906 229-5131 Ext 1002 prior to Memorial Day, afterwards call Camp Host at 906 224-4481. Jack has worked with the Camp Host to pencil in reservations for our group, some of which are on the water. Please mention the WIN name when you call for reservations so the host will know to use the sites they have designated for us. Jack is also available to help with reservations if needed.
N46.48508, W89.93744 – Click on link to see Google Map
Co-Host Jack Forslund 906 364-5872
Take the ferry to Isle Royale National Park for hiking, kayaking and scuba diving. Tour the Quincy Mine and the Coppertown Mining Museum to learn all about the history of the area where mining was king. Stop by Sheldon’s Bakery for an old miner’s favorite dinner – a pasty (pasties are filled with meats and vegetables). The ghost town of Delaware including the Delaware Copper Mine. Travel along scenic highway 41 and stop at the Jampot for an afternoon treat. Tour the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum to learn about the area’s interesting rocks and minerals. Breakfast at Suomi Diner is a must. Boat tour of the lighthouses. Visit Houghton College for Rock Museum (free).
Hancock Recreation Area, 2000 Jasberg St, Hancock, MI
From US-41 in Houghton, take a slight left onto Shelden Ave, immediately turn right onto Portage Canal Lift Bridge, in .5 mi turn left onto Quincy St, remain on Quincy St. until you come to Hancock Recreation Area on the left. Reservations recommended, call 906 482-2720 before May 15th or 906 482-7413 after May 15th. $22/day for electric. Restrooms, showers and laundry available.
N47.131013, W88.615784 – Click on link to see Google Map
Tom Young (480) 526-1726
Bike or walk in Presque Isle Park, enjoy ice cream at Jilbert’s Dairy, tour pit mine and processing factory, and watch taconite being loaded into ocean liners. Great kayaking in nearby lakes & rivers, waterfalls, bike or backpack on Grand Island, Picture Rocks boat tour, & hikes.
Ojibwa Casino, 105 Acre Trail, Marquette, MI or possibly the Fairgrounds.
From Marquette go east 11 miles on SR 28. Watch for sign to turn right on Kawbawgam Avenue to Ojibwa Casino. $20/night.
N46.481727, W87.243304 – Click on link to see Google Map
Mary Cordova (303) 908-7217 and Milan Esser (865) 274-3219
Due to crowded conditions in state and federal campgrounds, the group has decided to take a break from the circuit from July 15-20th. The circuit will pick back up on July 20th in Marquette, MI.
Marquette County Fairgrounds, 715 M-553, Gwinn, MI
N46.43152, W87.41523 – Click on link to see Google Map
Tour Locks, hike Voyageur Trail, Geocache, explore St. Joseph Island, Bushplane Museum, guided museum tour. Ride the Agawa Canyon Tour Train, a one-day wilderness train tour takes you 183 kms north of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario over towering trestles and along pristine northern lakes and rivers, to the Agawa Canyon. The Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site consists of the two oldest stone buildings northwest of Toronto. 200 years old, these buildings have witnessed the growth and transformation of a small Ojibwa encampment into a Northern Ontario hub. Located in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, the museum welcomes visitors year-round to explore the three floors of exhibit galleries that depict the heritage of Sault Ste. Marie. Displays include traveling and locally curated exhibits.
Moose Lodge, 543 Trunk Rd, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada
From the SSM International Bridge, turn left onto Huron St, immediately turn right onto Albert St W, at 1.3 mi take slight left onto East St, Use right 2 lanes to turn slightly right onto Wellington St E, at 1.1 mi keep left to continue on Trunk Rd, Moose Lodge is on the right in 1.4 miles. Dry Camp; water available at lodge, no dump. PASSORT REQUIRED
N46.51998, W84.27666 – Click on link to see Google Map
Donna Backus (734) 476-3788 and Margaret Murray (970) 214-4943
Dancing Thursday – Saturday at a nearby bar, July 4th festivities in Alpena include a 5K, 1mi run, the 18th annual Thunder Bay Maritime Festival, the 8th annual Cardboard Boat Regatta, a parade and fireworks. Bike the Alpena Bi-Path that spans 18.5 total miles throughout the city of Alpena, and offers views of Lake Huron, Thunder Bay River, and local historic landmarks.
Thunder Bay RV Park, 4250 US 23, Alpena, MI
From Alpena, head south on US-23, campground will be on the right . $10 dry camp, $20 FHU, Bathroom and showers available and Pavilion. Dump available
45.014761, -83.465591– Click on link to see Google Map
Arlene Teague 828 443-0279
Travel across the beautiful Mackinac Bridge to St. Ignace and to the historic Mackinac Island. There is a boat trip to the island and biking on the eight-mile loop on the only state highway in the United States with no vehicular traffic, or explore the interior on foot. Sample the famous Mackinac fudge and admire the horse drawn carriages. Drive over the famous bridge to Mill Creek Discovery Park. View a demonstration of a recreated saw mill from the 1700s take a ride down the zip line or try out the climbing wall. Kayak the Carp River.
Mackinaw City Campground, 13496 Mackinaw Hwy, Mackinaw City, MI
From US 31N, turn L onto Mackinaw Hwy, go approximately one mile and the campground will be on the right. Rate is $20/night. E&W available, but depending on the number on the circuit, some may need to dry camp. Dump and vault toilets available.
N45.74841, W84.73205 – Click on link to see Google Map
Hop on the ferry to Beaver Island, walk the beach at Fisherman’s Island State Park, pick up some fresh smoked whitefish for dinner, and end the day with an ice cream cone and a walk on the waterfront. Tour historic lighthouses and get a glimpse of what life was like for the lighthouse keeper and his family. Visit the Harsha House and the Charlevoix Depot Museum to understand the rich history of this area. Day trip to Petoskey for rock (fossilized coral) hunting.
Airport, 111 Airport Dr, Harlevoix, MI
From US31, turn L onto Airport Dr, then turn L into parking lot. We will be in the back behind the parking lot. $20 for the 6 days. No facilities.
N45.30239, W 85.2679 – Click on link to see Google Map
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore offers miles of sandy beaches, bluffs that tower 450ft. above Lake Michigan, lush forests, clear inland lakes and unique flora and fauna. Hike the myriad of trails, enjoy nature and the breathtaking views or go bird watching. Nearby Glen Arbor offers unique shopping and art galleries.
David Henry Day Campground to 8010 W Harbor Hwy, Glen Arbor, MI 49636
From M-22, turn left onto M-109 N, turn right to stay on M-109 N, go 5 miles and turn left onto DH Day Campground. $20/night dry camp, Sr. Pass discount for $10/night. Dump and water available at the park.
N44.89948, W86.0202 – Click on link to see Google Map
Donna Backus (734) 476-3788
Sandy beaches and beautiful sunsets. Muskegon State Park with hiking, biking and the Blockhouse tower for viewing the ocean. Windmill Island Gardens with an authentic working Dutch Windmill. Visit the Ludington Maritime Museum. Day trip to Holland SP and the Dutch town of Holland, MI.
PJ Hoffmaster State Park Campground, 6585 Lake Harbor Rd, Muskegon, MI 49445. Phone 231 798-3711
From Oct I-96 and US-31, go 5 mi S on US-31, then 2.5 mi W on E. Pontaluna Road. $33 for 30amp, $37 for 50amp. Dump available. Reservations recommended online at www.midnrreservations.com
N43.138604, W86.273925 – Click on link to see Google Map
Lu Gruszie (559) 999-9045 and Vickie Morris (559) 645-1752
Nashville Area, Fontanel Mansion, Ryman Auditorium, Johnny Cash Mus
eum, Lane Motor Museum, The Hermitage (home of Andrew Jackson), Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Other Information: Hookups are available for $25, in addition to the dry camp at $10. Park first and check in with WIN host before paying.
Nashville Fairgrounds, 625 Smith Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203
From I-65 N toward Nashville take Exit 81 for Wedgewood Ave, go .5 mi, turn Right onto Wilson Dr, arrive at the Fairgrounds. Gary Mekell is the Groundskeeper and our contact, his number is 317 738-3247 or 317 412-3874.
N36.13272, W86.76503 – Click on link to see Google Map
Arlene Teague (828) 443-0279
Tour French Camp Academy, lunch available
Natchez Trace Parkway, Jeff Busby Campground, Ackerman, MS
I-55 north towards Memphis. At Exit 105A take ramp right and follow signs for 105A / Natchez Trace Parkway. Take exit and drive approximately 92 miles on Natchez Trace Pkwy. Turn right into park and follow road to primitive camping area. Free primitive campsites, 9 miles North of French Academy.
N33.417076, W89.26902 – Click on link to see Google Map
Dave Bloom (805) 708-4870
Downtown Vicksburg view the Vicksburg Murals. Blue Scenic Drive Tour, Red Scenic Drive Tour. Visit Vicksburg National Military Park and USS Cairo. Tour Old Warren County Courthouse, Coca Cola first bottled here (museum). There are many historic homes in area.
Elks Lodge, 1366 US-61 S, Vicksburg, MS
From MS 33N, turn slight right onto US-61 N, after 45 miles, the Elks Lodge will be on right.
N32.295035, W90.894207 – Click on link to see Google Map
Phil Cafferty (515) 290-0723
The capital city of Louisiana offers a wealth of things to do and see. Tour the New and Old State Capital Building; the new building is the tallest state capital building in the US and offers great views of the city. The old capital building is reminiscent of a castle. There are a wealth of tours; including tours of the city, plantations, swamp and brewery tours. Museums include the Louisiana Art and Science Museum, the Old Governor’s Museum, the LSU Museum and the Southern Museum of Art, and many others. There is also the Baton Rouge Zoo and Global Wildlife Center.
Hollywood Casino, Baton Rouge, LA, 1717 River Road North, Baton Rouge, LA
Take I-10 East toward Baton Rouge 45.5 mi, at Exit155B take ramp left for I-110 N toward Metro Airport / Bus. District. Go .9mi use the left lane to take Exit 1D for North St toward Capital Park/Downtown, go .2mi, merge onto North St, to .6mi turn R onto River Rd, go .5mi turn L into Casino.
N30.45942, W91.19149 – Click on link to see Google Map
Arlene Teague (828) 443-0279
Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival 5/4-6th, Cajun dance lessons, and entertainment of all kinds. Cost is $15 for three-day admission. Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival has become one of the largest gatherings of world-famous Cajun, Zydeco and Swamp Pop musicians and plays host to over 30 bands on three stages during the three-day festival. Music fills the air from morning into the night at Parc Hardy Park! Breakfast Saturday morning at Buck & Johnny’s for Zydeco Breakfast. Opens at 8am.
Acadiana Park Campground, 1005 E. Alexander St, Lafayette, LA
From I-10 take Exit 104, turn Right onto Louisiana Ave, go 1mi, turn Left onto E. Alexander St, arrive at destination on the left. Electric and Water for $25/night. Toilets and dump on site.
Alternative parking at Parc Hardy Park in Breaux Bridges: Parking at the festival grounds is on a first come, first serve basis and is $75 for 2 nights (Friday and Saturday). Cannot line up for parking until 10am Friday morning.
N30.254, W91.988 – Click on link to see Google Map
Arlene Teague (828) 443-0279
Overnight stay. Visit Isle of Capri Casino
Isle of Capri Casino, 102 Westlake Ave., Westlake, LA
From I-10 E take Exit 27. This will be Perkins Ave/Isle of Capri Blvd. Follow it to casino parking lot. Free parking.
N30.236488, W93.249523 – Click on link to see Google Map
Randy Rydberg (520) 450-8947
Known as one of the most accessible beaches in all of Louisiana, Holly Beach offers a relaxed atmosphere, crabbing and fishing opportunities. Peveto Woods Bird & Butterfly Sanctuary, Wetland Walkway, and Sabine Pass Lighthouse and the Cameron Ferry. Sabine National Wildlife Refuge is the oldest and largest of three national wildlife refuges along the Creole Nature Trail. Established in 1937, this refuge of almost 125,000 acres conserves both freshwater marshes and salt marshes and the creatures that live in them.
West Holly Beach – Public Access Between milemarkers 24 and 25.
From Port Arthur take TX 82 east, continue for 38 miles, turn right between milemarkers 24 and 25.
N29.76931, W93.48756 – Click on link to see Google Map
Penny Pugh (602) 410-8709; Co-host Arlene Teague (828) 443-0279
Tour NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston Museum of Natural Science (lots of exhibits). Trip to Galveston to see Bishops Palace, tree sculptures, Gulf beach walk and Strand National Historic Landmark District. Birding on Mile Island.
Elks Lodge, 623 Hanson Rd, Kemah, TX
The Elks Lodge in Kemah, TX does not normally allow RV parking. Therefore, our contact, Jim Ott, has asked us to call him when we are about 30 minutes out to allow him to meet us at the lodge. His number is (713) 829-2199. He knows that we will be arriving separately. Please do not arrive before Friday, April 20th.
Follow TX- 35N from Port Aransas, Turn right onto FM517 E, after 8 mi, Turn left onto FM646 N, after 3 mi, Continue straight onto FM646, go 2 mi, then turn left onto Tuscan Lakes Blvd, go .5 mi, then turn right onto E League City Pkwy, go 1 mi, then turn left onto Columbia Memorial Pkwy, go 1 mi, then turn right onto FM Rd 518 East, go .4 mi then turn left onto Lawrence Rd, go .8 mi then turn right onto Marina Bay Dr., go .6 mi, then turn right onto Hanson Rd., arrive at the Elks Lodge. Donation of $5/night for parking. There is a dump and water available on site. Also note that this gathering starts a day earlier than originally published due to forecasted weather in Port Aransas.
N29.53898, W95.02836 – Click on link to see Google Map
Carol Petty 509 521-1242, Co-host – Deanne Benge 972 989-2139
Visit Yorktown Aircraft Carrier in Corpus Christi. Walk the beaches, bird watch. Leonabelle
Turnbull Birding Center. Park on beach.
End of E Avenue G. On the beach. We will be parking in Section G, part of the County property.
Take I-37 to Corpus Christi. Exit onto TX-358 E (S Padre Island Dr), cross the bridge & go N on TX-361. In Port Aransas turn right on E Avenue G, as it ends, turn left to reach Section G on county property. Do NOT buy a permit until you arrive at the gathering as special arrangements have been made for your parking. The rate will be $24, covering both RV and TV or Toad for the time of the gather. Dump and water available at Pioneer RV Park for $7.50.
N27.82167, W97.05936 – Click on link to see Google Map
San Antonio Missions National Historic Park, visit the Alamo, do the San Antonio River Walk. Lots to see and do.
San Antonio Elks Lodge, 15650 Market Hill, San Antonio, TX
The Lodge is just off the 1604 Freeway W off of I-10. Dry camping on grass covered field. Donation $. Also, five hook-ups available. Water & dump on site.
N29.590749, W98.621768 – Click on link to see Google Map
Mary Graves 414-536-7866
Visit the Garden of the Gods, the Royal Gorge, the United States Air Force Academy, the National Museum of World War II Aviation, the mining towns of Cripple Creek and Victor, the Pike’s Peak Cog Railroad, Manitou Springs, Seven Falls, Cave of the Winds, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, and the Ice Skating Hall of Fame at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. Hike or bike Red Rock Canyon. For you adrenaline junkies, there is the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience. Visit the Fountain Creek Nature Center, and catch a performance at the Fountain Community Theater or the Pikes Peak Opry. Celebrate 4th of July in Colorado Springs.
Colorado Springs Elks Lodge #309, 3400 N. Nevada Ave. (719) 633-1727
Electric hookups available. Water and dump ($10) on-site. Plenty of dry camping available/$10 night. For access from I-25 N or S., Exit 245 and turn east on Fillmore. Proceed approximately .7 mile to stoplight. Turn left on Cascade Avenue. About .3 mile turn right onto Commerce Street. Turn left next block onto Tejon. Rear of Lodge and RV parking on right. Please enter the Lodge through the back door on the north side of the pool. Take the stairs down near the rear door or the elevator located near the front door. Bar is on the lower level.
38.880678, -104.819222 – Click on link to see Google Map
Mary Bierbaum (720) 425-0417
Tour the Denver Botanical Garden and the Denver Zoo. Visit the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Drive the Mount Evans Scenic Byway. Tour the Colorado State Capitol, and the Molly Brown House Museum. Tour the Forney Museum of Transportation and the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. Attend an event at the Red Rock Amphitheater. Ride the Georgetown Loop Railroad. Attend a Rocky’s Baseball game. Dance at the Elks Lodge on Thursdays from 6-9 pm, $7; free on Fridays from 7-10 pm, and most Sundays from 2-4:30/$5. Tour the Lakewood Heritage Center.
Elks Lodge #1777, 1455 Newland St., Lakewood (303) 238-1307
39.739392, -105.069982 – Click on link to see Google Map
Day trip to Boulder. Visit Estes Park and the Rocky Mountain National Forest from the eastern entrance. Tour Coors brewery, the Budweiser brewery, and many micro-breweries. Take the Celestial Seasonings tour, and visit the Leaning Tree Western Art Museum. Ride the Rocky’s Bus to Denver for a baseball game. Visit Buffalo Bills grave. Shop at the Longmont Farmers’ Market. Visit the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center. Hike Rabbit Mountain. Hike and bike St. Vrain State Park.
Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, CO 80501, 303-678-6235
This is a first come, first served campground with 96 spots, $20/elec., $25/elec & water.
Follow I-25 N to CO-119 in Weld County. Take exit 240 from I-25 N
Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto CO-119(signs for Longmont)
7.6 miles Turn right onto Nelson Rd
Turn right toward Fairground Access
40.154234, -105.126086 – Click on link to see Google Map
Dave Bloom (805) 708-4870
Visit the Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Lake, Granby
Arapaho National Recreation Area
Take County Road 4 south of town and Shadow Mountain Lake. It’s located just after the Grand Lake Tap House near Cutthroat Bay. Follow that a few miles back to national forest. Dump and water at Granby Kaibab Park. (These directions will be supplemented as soon as possible.)
GPS Coordinates are junction of County Road 4 and US Highway 34
40.2251253, -105.8925259 – Click on link to see Google Map
Leadville is a true western mining town, established in the late 1800’s, and is the highest incorporated city in North America, at an elevation of 10,151 ft. There are a wide range of sights, activities and experiences unique to the Rocky Mountains. Nearby locations are Twin Lakes, Aspen, and Turquoise Lake. There are numerous hiking trails around the area, bicycling, kayaking, and numerous downtown adventures. Visit a nearby community swimming pool and gym, a convenient place to get a hot shower and swim a lap or two, or soak in the hot tub. Dine out in the quaint historical buildings of Leadville for breakfast, lunch or dinner, with a little bit of history on the back of most menus to give background about the establishment and its previous owners. Visit the National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum, which is one of the finest of its kind, Tabor Home Matchless Mine and Baby Doe Tabor Cabin, Heritage Museum & Gallery, Temple Israel (a restored frontier synagogue and museum), Healy House & Dexter Cabin. Take Twin Lakes Inter-Laken boat tour to the historic Inter-Laken Resort, for historical tales, geology, gorgeous scenery, flora, fauna, the Leadville Nat’l Fish Hatchery and scenic hiking trail. Visit the Twin Lakes Gallery and historic town, and Delaware Hotel take a guided cemetery tour with a narrative of tales of some of the residents. Visit the Historical Tabor Opera House for an evening of very enjoyable music. Take a day trip to Aspen over Independence Pass (elev. 12,093 ft) to experience a place where the rich and famous live in a lovely little town with upscale shops and high dollar housing surrounded by majestic mountain beauty. Visit the John Denver Sanctuary Memorial Park and ride the gondola to the top of the mountain for spectacular views of the ski slopes and of the mountains and valleys below. Take a walking tour of the town visiting the various shops, eateries, galleys, churches and historical landmarks. Visit the ghost town of Independence to view the Old Mill site, and the Braille Trail that uses a rope to guide blind individuals down the trail.
US-24 North to County Road 4 (McWethy Dr.) and turn left. About 5 miles where road forks at Sugar Loafin RV and golf course, take dirt road (Rd-48) in the center of the fork. The campground is approx. ¼ mile on left. Free. Water and dump available on corner of CO-91 and SR-300 for $5. Host and Co-Host arrive 2 days early to secure spots.
39.247758,-106.358992 – Click on link to see Google Map
Hike to Agnes Vaille Falls. White water raft on the Arkansas River. Soak in the hot springs at Mt. Princeton, or ride a horse at the stables. Go 4-wheeling. Visit St. Elmo Ghost Town. Visit the Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery. For the avid hikers there is Mt Shavano and Tabeguache Peak, two 14er’s in one hike! Go zip lining in Salida, or walk along the river. There are cute shops with a locally grown food outlet. Ride the Monarch Crest Scenic Tramway. Salida Hot Springs offers the largest indoor hot springs in North America. Take the Spiral Drive, bike, motorcycle or car for fabulous views. In Buena Vista you can hike the Barbara Whipple Trail and tour the Buena Vista Heritage Museum
Dispersed dry camping in the pines about 7 miles south of Buena Vista.
On US-285 going north toward Buena Vista, turn West on County Rd 270, drive several miles to County Rd 272 and go straight on hard-pack sand road to National Forest. Area called Raspberry Gulch. Water at Buena Vista Water Dept. and info center. Dump at private campgrounds. Verizon and internet are good here.
38.693255,-106.138043 – Click on link to see Google Map
Blue Mesa Reservoir is Colorado’s largest body of water with 96 miles of shoreline and the largest Kokanee Salmon fishery in the United States. Let’s go fishing!!! Visit The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park for hiking, scenic drives, kayaking; rock climbing, and wildlife watching. Head down to the Gunnison Diversion Tunnel, a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, that routes water from the Gunnison River through the mountain to Montrose and other farming communities. Visit the Morrow Point Reservoir at the beginning of the Black Canyon where visitors can take a ranger-led pontoon boat through the upper Black Canyon. Attend Ranger led hikes and Ranger campfire programs to learn about the area. Take a day trip to Crested Butte.
Elk Creek Campground on the Curecanti National Recreation Area. Elevation 7,540 feet.
16 miles west of Gunnison on US-50. (970)641-2337 Dump and water are available at the campground. $16/night for non-electric sites. Electric hookups in loop D only, additional $6/night. Reservations might be a good idea.
38.46778,-107.17583 – Click on link to see Google Map
Tour the Museum of the Mountain West and the Ute Indian Museum. The Montrose Water Sports Park is a must do afternoon for kayakers, beginners to expert, with six drop structures, and a gradient of 11 feet for 1/5 mile, supporting a leisurely run with natural obstacles. Catch a performance of the Magic Circle Players. Visit the Montrose Botanical Garden and the Montrose County Museum. Shop at the Montrose Farmers’ Market on Saturdays. There are several hot springs in the Montrose and Ouray area.
Elks Lodge #1053, 891 S. Hillcrest Dr. (970) 249-4852 $5/night donation.
Electricity and dump available.
38.479638,-107.8599647 – Click on link to see Google Map
Ride the free gondola from Telluride to Mountain Village. Hike the Bear Creek Falls trail, the Jud Wiebe Trail, Bridal Veil, and hike along the San Juan River – which also has white water rafting opportunities. Walk downtown Telluride, shop at the Farmers’ Market, and tour the Telluride Historical Museum. Take a day trip and drive to Ouray, the “Little Switzerland” of Colorado, over Black Bear Pass. Catch a performance at the Sheridan Opera House or Telluride Theater. Labor Day is Sept. 3, 2018
Lizard Head Pass Dispersed Campground, Telluride, CO Elevation 10,250 feet
East side of Lizard Head Pass, 10 miles south of the town of Telluride on CO-145.
37.81150,-107.90572 – Click on link to see Google Map
Jimmy Smith, (702) 419-9961
Visit the Mesa Verde National Park, and take a Ranger guided tour of Cliff Palace, Balcony House, and Long House ($5 per person – tickets sell out quickly but can be purchased up to two days in advance at the Mesa Verde Visitor Center, open 7:30 am to 7 pm)
Target Tree Campground, 1551 US160, Hesperus, CO 81326 (970) 247-4874 (970) 882-7296 (970) 882-6880 Elevation 7,643 feet
8 miles east of Mancos on US160. $8.50 per day with senior pass.
37.340954, -108.189236 – Click on link to see Google Map
Linda Dean 623-256-5989.
Durango is a historic cowboy mining town. The center point is the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, through the San Juan Mountains and Animas River Gorge, and is rated one of the ten most exciting train rides. Parking at the fairgrounds provides easy access via a path by the river that follows the train tracks into town, or on a trolley. Every morning at 8:15, you can hear and see the magnificent historic Steam Engine 408 chugging by. Shopping, a melodrama at the Strater Hotel, breweries, a chuck wagon and show, “burn your own” dinner, lots of laughter, and, of course, the Durango & Silverton train trip will make for a wonderful visit to Durango.
Junction Creek Campground, 1499 FDR 171, Durango, CO 81301, (970) 884-2512
From US Hwy 550 take W25th Street West, which becomes Junction St, which becomes Junction Creek Rd, which becomes 204.
37.3384, -107.9166 – Click on link to see Google Map
Take a day trip to Wolf Creek (bring a jacket), stopping at Treasure Falls along the way. Ride in a hot air balloon. Hike the Piedra River Trail to Piedra Falls. Visit ancient ruins at the Chimney Rock National Monument. Visit the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park. Take the San Juan River Walk. Soak in the Hot Springs. Hike the Fourmile Falls Trail. Learn to Paddleboard. Take a bike tour. Go river rafting, kayaking or fishing. Attend a show at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts. Ride a horse at the Diamond Hitch Stables. Visit the many museums and galleries. Sample the local fare at a number of establishments.
Turkey Creek National Forest
From Pagosa Springs turn right on Piedra Road (#600), then left on Turkey Springs Road (#146).
37.32839, -107.12950 – Click on link to see Google Map
Take the Alpaca petting and feeding tour at Victory Ranch, $6; (reservations required 575-387-2254); tour the Las Vegas Museum and Rough Rider Memorial Collection; visit the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge; soak in the Montezuma Hot Springs; shop at the nostalgic candy store – Clay’s Candy Bar; shop at the Home On the Range bookstore; eat at Dicks.
Storrie Lake State Park, NM 518, Las Vegas, NM (505) 425-7278
From Highway 84, turn east on state route 25 (Legion Dr.), then north on 518 (7th St.) to the park entrance
35.656011, -105.231856 – Click on link to see Google Map
This campground offers fishing and kayaking as well as abundant bird watching. Tour the Route 66 Auto Museum. Visit the Rock Lake State Fish Hatchery.
Santa Rosa Lake State Park, NM Hwy 91 (575) 472-3110.
From I-40, exit 277, go west through town to Hwy. 91, go right, follow about 9 miles, cross dam, continue to Rocky Point campground. Loop A has electric, loop B is non- electric. $8/night Park elevation 4,751 ft.
35.03567,-104.68822 – Click on link to see Google Map
Visit the Billy the Kid Museum and his gravesite; visit the Bosque Redondo Memorial and the Old Fort Sumner Museum. Kayak on the lake. Father’s Day is June 17
Sumner Lake State Park, 32 Lake View Drive, Lake Sumner (575) 355-2541
From US Highway 285 N, turn right onto NM 20 N, then right onto US 60 (Sumner Ave), then left onto US 84 W (4th St.), then left onto NM 203 N. Turn right onto Westside Campground Loop and left onto Lake View Drive. Elevation 4,310 feet
N34.612359, W104.401175– Click on link to see Google Map
Visit the White Sands National Monument-hike one or all of the five established trails, take the self-guided native plant garden tour, join a ranger and explore the mysteries of this geologic wonder, and sled the dunes. Tour the New Mexico Museum of Space History, the International Space Hall of Fame, the White Sands Missile Range Museum, and the Tularosa Basin Museum of History. Visit the Toy Train Museum and the Alameda Park Zoo. Check the schedule for the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts and attend an event. Hike Dog Canyon Trail. Take a day trip to the Village of Cloudcroft. Take a tour of the Pistachio Tree Ranch and Arena Blanca Winery.
Elks Lodge #1897, 2299 Hamilton rd., Alamogordo, NM
From US 70 turn south on US 54. Continue to Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd turn left. Continue on MLK Jr. Blvd to Hamilton Rd turn left. Continue North on Hamilton Rd. Elks lodge is on the left.
Leasburg Dam State Park offers several hiking trails and opportunities for fishing, kayaking and bird watching. Park elevation is 3,962. Hike the Dripping Springs Natural Area. Visit historic Mesilla where Billy the Kid roamed, the San Albino Church and the Basilica of San Albino. Tour the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum and the Museum of Nature & Science. Look for the murals on the water tanks. See a movie at the Fountain Theater, shop at the Farmers & Crafts Market of Las Cruces on Saturdays. See the Petrified Wood collection at the Zuhl Museum. Take a hike in the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.
Leasburg Dam State Park, 12712 State Park Road, Radium Springs, NM.
North on I-10, right at fork to be on I-25, to Exit 19. Left on Ft. Selden Rd, right on Leasburg Dam Road. Dry camping on left at north end of road. Dump and water available. Sites will be $8/night, plus a $5 park entry fee, unless you have a New Mexico State Park Pass.
32.49422,-106.91891 – Click on link to see Google Map
Elaine Grabin (970)817-3763 email@example.com
Pick blueberries at Phil’s farm. Go to Jonstrud Viewpoint overlooking part of the Oregon Trail. Scenic drives to Cape Horn, Vista House, & Bonneville Dam on Columbia River. Visit a fish hatchery, Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge, and other panoramic viewpoints in the area. Hiking, biking, kayaking, dancing. Possible train excursions into Portland.
Residence of Phil Van Hise, 30425 SE Haley Rd, Boring, OR
From Rufus OR take Hwy I84 west to Troutdale exit #17….note one way streets…go south thru Gresham to Hwy 26/Burnside…..go east on Hwy 26 to Haley Rd, at caution light turn left/north….go 1/2 mile to blueberry sign and turn left
45.44897, -122.34999 – Click on link to see Google Map
Leda Coughlin (248)895-3706 firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the Sacajawea State Park and Interpretive Center at the confluence of the Snake and Columbia; for information pertaining to the Corps of Discovery and their reception by the Native Americans in 1805. Take a walk or bicycle ride around Howard Amon Park. Tour the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. Ride the Gesa Carousel of Dreams. Visit Columbia Park. Hike Badger Mountain. Tour the LIGO Hanford Observatory. Hike the Sacajawea Heritage Trail.
Hood Park – COE, 2339 Ice Harbor Road, Burbank, WA 99323
From WA-124W, turn Right onto Hood Park Road. Follow signs to campground. With reservations and senior pass $6 weekdays $12 weekends. Electric at sites. Water and dump. Showers, beach, lake. If there are no sites available there is a 15 rig dry camp overflow area for free. This is where most of us will be. As sites become available they will move us from the overflow.
N46.216054, W119.013085 – Click on link to see Google Map
Cindy Argauer, (406) 626-5704
Missoula has an incredible Farmers’ Market that is a must do. There is also a carousel, the Aerial Fire Depot and the Smokejumper Center that you can’t miss. Missoula is also home to the Osprey, an AAA baseball team, whose games are very fun to attend. Participate in the Fourth of July activities in Missoula.
David Speed’s Towing, 4805 U.S. Highway 93 S, Missoula, MT
N46.8267907, W114.0723200 – Click on link to see Google Map
June 15, 2018 to June 25, 2018
Gwendolyn Toney, 707-477-3429 and Garth Bacon 408-207-2492
Sightseeing throughout the park. This is an opportunity to see Grizzly Bears, Big Horn Sheep, Mountain Goats, Marmots, Columbia Ground Squirrels and maybe an elusive Moose. The rivers and lakes are spectacular, and the hiking opportunities are endless. Not to mention the glaciers, of course! Travel to Whitefish to souvenir shop, ride the zip line or barrel down the slope in an alpine sled. There is dancing in Columbia Falls and other locations around the area. Walk the downtown area of Kalispell for some great Montana history, good food, great coffee, and the best ice cream ever! Father’s Day – June 17.
6/15/2018 thru 6/23/2018 we will be parking at the following location:
We have reserved the group site EME2 at Emery Bay Campground for June 15-23. We can fit 15 motorhomes and 75 people. Emery Bay Campground is just 15 miles southwest of the West Glacier entrance into Glacier National Park.
Directions and Other Information
Take 89 North to Browning. Turn West on Hwy 2 to Martin City. Take the road South to East Hungry Horse Dam, approx. 6 miles to Emery Bay Campground. Once in the park take Road 10148C to group site EME2. PLEASE notify Gwendolyn at email@example.com or call 707-477-3429 so that she can save you a space.
Glacier has spigot to fill water bottles, NO water for RVs. NO dump either. Free dump and potable water at Cenex Gas Station Whitefish. 6585 U.S. 93 South Whitefish, Montana, USA 48.399571 -114.334199 Dump behind the station, enter from 13th ST. E. Propane $2.99
N48.3340151, W113.9517616 – Click on link to see Google Map
When you come into the campground you will NOT need to stop for any paperwork. Drive straight to the gated road that leads to the two group sites. Go to the right once inside the Group Camp gate. Garth and I will be there and will be able to help you park. (See Emery Bay Campground TOPO Attached)
PLEASE NOTE: ARRIVE WITH EMPTY GRAY AND BLACK TANKS AND ENOUGH WATER FOR 8 DAYS. The Campground has a spigot to fill water bottles, there is NO water for RVs or RV dump. There is a free dump and potable water at the Cenex Gas Station in Whitefish, 6585 U.S. 93 South Whitefish, Montana, USA. The dump is behind the station, enter from 13th ST. E. Cenex also has Propane for $2.99 (as of last week)
Whitefish Bay Dump/Fill GPS Coordinates N48.399571 W114.334199
6/23/2018 thru 6/25/2018 we will be parking at the following location:
Flathead County Fairground, 7th Ave West N, Kalispell, Montana 59901 (about 30 miles from Emery Bay) $15 dry camping and $20 electric. They have new bathrooms with showers
GPS Coordinates N48.2043537, W114.3300561
Directions and Other Information
Take US-2 E to N Meridian Rd, turn left on N Meridian Rd, destination will be on the right (See Flathead County Fairground Map Attached)
Mark Cotter (818)468-3968
Visit the Lewis & Clark Nat’l Historic Trail Interpretive Center. Walk around Giant Springs State Park. Visit the C.M. Russell Museum. Hike or bike the River’s Edge Trail. Visit the Ryan Dam, Great Falls of the Missouri. Tour the Malmstrom Air Force Base Museum, the History Museum to catch a glimpse into Montana’s past, the Ursuline Centre and St. Ann Cathedral, and the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art. Bird watch at Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Kayak on the Dearborn River. Hike to Sacagewa Springs. Visit the First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
Black Eagle Moose Lodge, 401 21st St. N., Black Eagle MT 59414 (406) 452-5420
47.526758, -111.27417747 – Click on link to see Google Map
Dianna Jeanne, phone (970) 231-9721
All aboard – Montana’s Charlie Russell Chew Choo – a 56 mile round trip sight-seeing and dinner journey, available on scheduled weekends. For information call the Lewistown area Chamber of Commerce at (406) 535-5436. Tour the Central Montana Historical Museum and the Hutterite King Colony Ranch. Visit the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge. Visit the Lewistown Art Center and tour the historic downtown area.
Kiwanis Campground/Rest Area, 80398 US 87.
West of Lewistown on Hwy 87/191/200 about 0.9 mi. east of junction of Bus. 87/191/200, just N. of airport. Donations appreciated. Camping limit of 10 days. Free, with restrooms and a water tap at the restroom. No dump or electric. If you want to have your mail forwarded there the post office address is General Delivery, 204 3rd. Ave. N., Lewistown, Mt. 59457-9998. 406-538-3439, call and give them your name so they will save your mail for you.
N47.055181, W109.460471 – Click on link to see Google Map
Diana Tolerico 602-206-2441
View bison, elk and prairie dogs as well as the Elkhorn Ranch Site (South Unit) and the badlands. Visit a prairie dog town in Medora. Hiking and kayaking on the Little Missouri, if the water level permits. Visit the Maltese Cross Cabin where Theodore Roosevelt once lived; and take the scenic loop drive. Attend Ranger Talks and Ranger led hikes.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Unit, Juniper Campground
Follow Hwy 85 to the North Unit of the Nat’l Park, then 6 miles west on park road to Juniper CG. Boondock $14/night, $7 with Golden Age Pass. Dump station and water.
N47.59417, W103.33389 – Click on link to see Google Map
Visit Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park built in 1895, home to the On-A-Slant Indian Village and reconstructed military buildings including the Custer house. The Knife River Indian Villages National Historic site, established in 1974, preserves the historic and archaeological remnants of the Northern Plains Indians. Visit the state capitol and museum, and take a tour with a guide or self-guided. Spend a day at the Dakota Zoo. Kayak the Missouri River. Be a kid at the Superslide Amusement Park. Tour the Former Governor’s Mansion. Bike around Keelboat Park and see the type of boat Lewis & Clark used.
Elks Lodge #1199, 900 S. Washington St. (701) 255-1199
RV parking is available in the large Lodge parking lot. No hookups are available.
N46.796286, W100.794764 – Click on link to see Google Map
Christie Young (817) 975-7820
Visit the state capitol and take a self-guided tour. Tour the Cultural Heritage Center, a museum built into the side of a hill. Feed the geese and fish at the Flaming Fountain, a memorial dedicated to military personnel. Take the tour of the Oahe Dam, and enjoy the views of the dam and surrounding waters. Visit the Fighting Stallions Memorial to a former South Dakota governor, and the Trail of Governors with 19 life size bronze statues of the former governors of South Dakota. Take a nature walk, bike ride, or bird watch on La Framboise Island. Other museums to visit are the South Dakota State Historical Society Museum and the South Dakota National Guard Museum. Walk along the Missouri River at Grifin Park. Sample local fare at the St. Charles Lounge, the Bill of Rights Brewery and the Long Branch.
Griffin Park 222 E Dakota Ave, Pierre, SD 57501
After crossing the bridge into Pierre on Hwys 14/83, turn right on Crow and left on Dakota. Griffin Park will be on your right along the Missouri River. Limited hookups $16 and boondocking free. Dump station on-site. Overflow parking in nearby city lot.
N44.358246, W100.343316 – Click on link to see Google Map
Mary Kevin Welch, 301-643-4453 and Carolyn Baird, 208-733-2058
Walk or bike across the Missouri River on the Meridian Highway Bridge. Visit the Gavin’s Point National Fish Hatchery and Aquarium, and hike the 1.2 mile trail winding through woods, across meadows and past scenic overlooks. Visit the Walnut Tavern aka The Dead Animal Bar. Riverside Park is a great location for early morning photos, only a block from downtown and is well laid out for walking. Another downtown business to visit is The Icehouse, where you smash your beer bottles – but make sure you break it or you may be buying the round! Visit the Dakota Territorial Museum to learn the history of Yankton, which was the original capital of the Dakota Territory. There is also a replica of the capitol building. Take a tour of the Cramer-Kenyon Home, a well preserved Victorian era house. Play laser tag at the Laser Barn. Visit the Corps of Discovery Welcome Center and hike the .7 mile nature trail, as well as many other trails in the Yankton area. Fantle Memorial Park is 18.5 acres with walking trails and a public pool. Ride your bike on the Highway 52 Trail, 3.14 miles between Yankton and Lewis & Clark Lake. Kayak Lake Yankton, Lewis & Clark Lake and the Missouri National Recreational River (a National Park).
Camp at Cottonwood campground at Gavin’s Point Project COE park. $16/ni; $8/ni with Golden Age Pass. Sites on the water are $2 higher. (402) 667-2546
Take NE Hwy 81 north to Yankton, SD. Go 4 miles west of Yankton on SD Hwy 52, then south on Dam Toe Road and follow signs to Cottonwood campground. Check camp sites online at www.recreation.gov and call for no-charge reservations 877-444-6777. We will try to camp in sites 46-76 area.
N42.85861, W97.4825 – Click on link to see Google Map