The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.
Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .
Tue Aug 23, 2016
Sharon Walker was ready to retire, but wasn’t necessarily ready to slow down. She’d enjoyed a successful career in public relations, marketing and graphic design and was ready to try something new.
“It was one of those things where we’d had RVs and enjoyed them,” Walker says. “I decided it might be fun to own a campground, so we leapt into it. Not knowing much, I might add — and I learned quickly that there’s more to owning a park than just saying ‘Welcome to KOA.’”
At the time, Walker was living in Livingston, Montana. She learned that there was a campground for sale in Townsend, just 90 miles away, which boasts some of the best walleye fishing in the state. The time was right, the place was right, the price was right, and soon the sale was complete, according to a press release from the Kampgrounds of America.
“We honestly didn’t look around,” she says. “This one was available, and it was more of an opportunity than exploration.”
During the first year of ownership, Walker and her crew spent the first year completing the many needed improvements. Their goal was to become a KOA, which they achieved in 2006.
Today the Townsend/Canyon Ferry Lake KOA features 57 RV Sites with either full or partial hookups and up to 50-amp service. All are pull-through to accommodate the many boats and recreational vehicles towed by camping guests. One-room camping cabins and tent sites also are popular accommodations, as is the recently added bunk house, which sleeps up to 10 people. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, fishing access, miniature golf and a pavilion for activities and get-togethers.
For Walker, the last 10 years have been a lot of hard work, but also very rewarding.
“I love getting to meet all of the different people from all over the world,” she says. “Some come back year after year, and they tell you about their travels. You watch their kids grow up, literally.”
Open year-round, the Townsend/Canyon Ferry Lake KOA is located at 81 Silos Road. It is one of 490 open-to-the-public KOA campgrounds in the Kampgrounds of America system in the U.S. and Canada. For more information, call 406-266-3100 or visit www.koa.com. Reservations may be made online or by calling 800-562-5904.