Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Louisiana Campgrounds thriving despite economy

Campgrounds and RV parks nationally have seen a mild drop in visitors because of the recession, but campgrounds in the Tri-parishes are largely doing well, say local park owners.

Part of the reason is most campgrounds in the area accommodate workers coming in who need a place to stay.

The 23 campsites at Linda's Campground and RV Park in Gibson are usually used by workers.

"Travelers we haven't had in God knows when," said owner Linda Aucoin, "but workers come from Mission, Texas, and New Jersey. We've had people who stayed from Rhode Island. There's no work in that area.

"Campgrounds in our area are not for recreation, they're not like Jellystone," said La Wanda Leger, owner of Hideaway Ponds, also in Gibson. "They're for working people, except for Lake End Park in Morgan City. It's a common problem in the campground industry, people wanting to live at the facility."
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