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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 .

Many Activities and Entertainment Span the Fall Season at Campgrounds

Tue Sep 6, 2016

AUBURN, California - Labor Day weekend just passed, which means campgrounds across California will soon transition into fall activities ranging from salmon fishing to outdoor music concerts, Oktoberfest and Halloween-themed events.

“Every year, campgrounds offer more and more activities and entertainment in September, October and November to keep people coming back and each year the shoulder season gets a little bit busier,” says Debbie Sipe, the executive director of the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, which hosts, the travel planning website.

Indeed, fall events at some campgrounds already are sold out, including three Halloween-themed weekends at 49er Village RV Resort in Plymouth. Activities include campsite decorating contests and trick-or-treating. Further south, the San Diego KOA in Chula Vista already is sold out for Thanksgiving Week, with activities that include hay rides and tie dye t-shirt making.

“As long as campgrounds offer fun things for people to do, they will continue to camp right through the shoulder season,” Sipe says.

Here is a sampling of activities and entertainment taking place at several campgrounds across California during the next three months:

■ Campland on the Bay in San Diego: This park has numerous scheduled activities throughout the fall, including games of capture the flag, dodgeball and pickleball. The park also has arts and crafts classes, tie dye T-shirt classes, kayaking classes and adult dart tournaments.

■ Frandy Park in Kernville: From Sept. 22-25, this campground will host the Kern River Rock N Blues Festival with live bands Friday and Saturday. Check for details. On Oct. 29-30, this park will serve as a base camp for the Kernville Fall Festival, which has a costume contest, a pumpkin patch, Old West gunfights, vendors and games.

■ Kamp Klamath in Klamath: The annual salmon run is taking place right now on the Klamath River. Salmon are coming in from the Pacific Ocean to spawn in the river, whose waters are being cooled and replenished by periodic releases of water from dams upstream. Kamp Klamath’s activities include Saturday night barbecues with salmon and chicken and stir fry vegetables. Live music also is provided.

■ Lake Minden RV Resort in Nicolaus: This Sacramento Valley park’s fall activities include radio controlled boat races Sept. 23-25; a “Fly and Float” weekend Oct. 7-9 in which resort guests can watch radio controlled planes take off and land on the lake. The park also is planning a pre-Halloween themed weekend Oct. 21-23 with fall themed crafts, a ghost and goblin scavenger hunt. On the weekend of Oct. 28-31, the park is planning hydroplane races and a costume barn dance.

■ Lake of the Springs RV Resort in Oregon House: This park’s fall activities include a Fall Line Dance Festival Oct. 17-21. The park also will celebrate Halloween on Oct. 29 with a fishing derby, a pumpkin carving contest and a campsite decorating contest. There also will be trick-or-treating and a haunted house.

■ Oakzanita Springs RV Resort in Descanso: This park’s fall activities include an Oktoberfest on Oct. 8. The park will offer beer tasting, as well as sausage and kraut.

■ Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina in Newport Beach: This resort also offers bicycle, golf cart, kayak and sailboat rentals in addition to guided kayak nature tours and kayak and sailboat lessons. Resort accommodations include 24 park model cottages and 382 RV sites as well as a full-service restaurant, the Back Bay Bistro, which offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch with menu options ranging from local seafood to meat dishes.

■ Rancho Oso RV Resort in the mountains between Santa Barbara and Solvang: Guests at this park can watch stock dogs herding sheep and cattle every Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon. The park also offers a bucking bull demo with “baby” bulls that are being prepared for future work in rodeos. On Halloween, the resort will host a costume contest, pumpkin painting and trick or treating. The resort’s accommodations include five rental cabins, plus several covered wagons, which are arranged in a circle around a campfire pit.

■ Russian River RV Campground in Cloverdale: This park’s fall activities include a homemade soup potluck the weekend of Oct. 1. Campers are invited to bring their homemade soup to the event. The park will provide bread and beverages.

■ San Diego Metro KOA in Chula Vista: This campground is planning a beer tasting weekend with Oktoberfest treats at its onsite restaurant, the Sand Castle Cafe, on Oct. 7-9. The campground is also planning two fall festivals the weekends of Oct. 14-16 and 21-23 with pumpkin carving, hayrides for families, pets and people costume parades, trick or treating, and rock wall climbing.

■ Smithwoods RV Park in Felton: This park plans to host a Halloween spaghetti dinner with Halloween related activities and a spaghetti dinner on the Saturday before Halloween.

■ Sorensen’s Resort in Hope Valley (near Lake Tahoe): This High Sierra resort offers several special activities, including a two-day historic Emigrant Trail trek tour on Sept. 14-15, which includes a slideshow presentation on the struggles and triumphs of the colorful characters who created the Sierra Nevada’s original emigrant trails. A fall color hike has been set for Oct. 8-9.

The California Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds is the Auburn, California-based trade association for the private campground industry in California. In addition to hosting, the association publishes Camp-California: The Camper’s Guide to California, a travel planning resource that includes descriptive write-ups, locator maps and information on 17 different types of amenities in campgrounds across the state. For more information on campgrounds, RV parks and resorts in California, visit