Colorado Parks and Wildlife Allows Campers to Fish for Free

June 12, 2015

Camping in Colorado is about to get a whole lot fishier.

This weekend, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be allowing residents and visitors alike to discover the joys of fishing during the state’s yearly free fishing weekend. Anglers of all ages will be able to fish without a license at any of the state’s camping sites, rivers and lakes, the Denver Post reports.

And Coloradans have plenty of places to drop their lures. The state boasts a wealth of waterways, with more than 2,500 lakes and reservoirs and another 10,000 miles of fishable streams and rivers. It’s no surprise that fishing is the fourth most-popular outdoor activity among Colorado residents, with Coloradans spending a combined 26.4 million days angling for a catch in 2012 alone.

What better way to incorporate the popularity of fishing with the popularity of camping? American families spent a cumulative 516.6 million days camping in 2013, 70% of which was done at public camping sites. When 87% of campers will perform more than one outdoor activity during their camping trips, camping offers the perfect opportunity to go on a fishing excursion with the family.

“Family and the community play an important role when it comes to outdoor experiences,” said CPW director Bob Broscheid. “Fishing is one of the many ways the whole family can enjoy the outdoors together.”

Not only will free fishing weekend allow Coloradans to strengthen their knowledge of sport fishing — it will also give many of them the chance to spend some much-needed bonding time with their families. This is especially a great opportunity to encourage kids to develop a love for the outdoors; in 2012, only 63% of children and teens regularly partook in an outdoor activity.

This weekend, free fishing weekend is the perfect thing for any Colorado family to enjoy.

What are some of your favorite activities to do during your family camping adventures? Share your best ideas for passing the time at camping sites by leaving a comment below!

Camping: No Better Way to Celebrate Labor Day

August 20, 2014

Labor Day (or Labour Day, as they call it in Canada) is coming our way August 29-September 1st, complete with cookouts, pool parties, and plenty of fun. It’s one of our very favorite holidays, and our parks work hard to make sure you don’t have to! We’ve come up with activities galore for your family to choose from; all you have to do is join us and let loose for a Labor Day you’ll never forget! Three full days (and nights) of camping and wholesome outdoor fun with friends and family – there’s no better way to spend summer’s last holiday.

Elmer, NJ – The unofficial end of summer is here. Although there is still plenty of camping left in 2014 we’re going to celebrate the end of summer in style! Pool Parties, Dancing, Games, Live Bands and much more will send the 2014 summer off right.

Milford, DE – (Delaware Beaches area) – Summer’s not over yet! So come join us for Tournaments, Arts and Crafts, Candy Bar Bingo, Scavenger Hunts, Paper Airplane Launching, hayrides, music, and movies.

Mt. Gilead, OH – (North of Columbus)- Join us for an all park sports competition version of Labor Day week. Each section of the park will be a team to compete to be crowned Gold Campground Winner. Also, join us for a dance where Six Pack Theory will be performing live. An outdoor movie and water activities are planned too.

Bagley, WI – Yogi Bear™ and his crew still want to have some fun. Pool party, daylight madness sale in the Ranger Station on Sunday, crafts, tournaments and more!

Branson, MO – Labor Day is designated Mystery Site Weekend: Which will it be?  One site or cabin has been designated the mystery spot this weekend, and if you are the one who books it, it’s FREE!  Join us for mysterious games, and scavenger hunts!  Join Ranger Smith™ for one weekend that will leave you guessing! This weekend we will have two inflatables for you to try.

Kingston, Nova Scotia – Olympics Weekend (Labour Day) -Calling all competitors to Jellystone Park™ for this fun filled weekend! Participate in the Mini Golf Tournament, Marshmallow Shot Punt, Slippery Water Balloon Carrying, Synchronized Swimming, Basketball Tournament and the Olympic Torch Glow-stick Parade! Enjoy the Medal Ceremony and Victory Dance with Yogi Bear™!

Yogi Bear™ and all his friends across North America look forward to celebrating Labor Day with you and yours!

Snowbirds, Head South

July 31, 2014





Are you one of those lucky folks who get to flee the frozen north every winter and spend the coldest months of the year staying warm in the South? With scenic, full-service RV parks in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas, Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts offer snowbirds the perfect winter getaway. You’ll find new friends, lots of amenities and deeply discounted off-season prices. Our parks offer:

  • Highly-rated campgrounds
  • Clean comfort stations
  • Well-maintained grounds
  • Activity centers
  • Convenience stores
  • Large pull-thru sites
  • Concrete pads
  • Nearby attractions
  • Laundry facilities

As you get ready for your winter migration, see if one these campgrounds might be your seasonal home. Check the campgrounds’ websites for special snowbird rates.


Elberta, AL – Fall in love with Alabama’s beautiful Gulf Coast at our Elberta park, only 20 minutes from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, and five miles from Pensacola – in fact, it’s one of only a few RV parks in the Pensacola area. With 43 full-service campsites, free WiFi, a clubhouse and a fully-stocked fishing pond onsite, the Elberta Jellystone Park Camp-Resort is perfect for a winter stay.


Madison, FL – This 125-acre North Florida RV park with its own lake and sandy beach is close to Florida and South Georgia attractions. Its all-natural setting and perfect weather make a quiet, peaceful winter getaway. A pet park, catch-and-release fishing, pools, camp store and snack shop offer plenty to do onsite. Enjoy old-Florida charm and salty breezes in a laid-back atmosphere.


Bremen, GA  – Less than an hour west of the bright lights of Atlanta, our Georgia campground offers a country getaway with easy proximity to city entertainment. This award-winning campground features full hookup RV sites in a lovely, relaxing setting.


Robert, LA – Located within easy driving distance of the Big Easy, Baton Rouge, and the Gulf Coast the Robert Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort offers two fishing lakes, golf cart rental and storage, free WiFi, a convenience store and more.


Memphis, TN (Horn Lake, MS)– Just five minutes from the home of the King, this northern Mississippi park was built in 2007 and offers all the modern conveniences you would expect. It’s the perfect base for exploring Graceland, sampling barbecue, checking out the Beale Street blues scene, and enjoying all the peanut butter and banana sandwiches you can eat. The park is also close to nine Mississippi major casino resorts. All RV sites are full hookup, and the park offers cable TV, free WiFi, and propane.

Pelahatchie, MS – Located east of Jackson, MS, this award-winning park is situated on the peaceful 95-acre Pelahatchie Lake. Lakefront, off-lake and premium RV sites are available, all full hookup with free WiFi. A camp store is onsite for last-minute needs, and the lake is fully stocked for fishing in the cool winter air. A 24-laundromat is also available.

North Carolina

Cherokee, NC  – Nestled deep in the Smoky Mountains, this beautiful park is a peaceful getaway with amazing scenic views. RavenFork River runs the length of the park, and many sites offer a river view; trout streams are also on property. Fire rings and picnic tables come with many RV sites as well. Three bathhouses, a park store, 24-hour laundry room and craft center are onsite. If exploring the area around the Smoky Mountains is your goal, this is your park.

Tabor City, NC – Not far from the Grand Strand of Myrtle Beach, the Tabor City Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort boasts numerous awards and offers a welcoming home for the season. Perfect for the nature lover, fishing and hiking opportunities abound. Tabor City offers 125 RV sites, all with a fire ring, picnic table, 20/30/50 amp service, cable TV, WiFi, and water/sewer. Enjoy the tranquility of the beach during the uncrowded winter months and get to know the friendly staff at this beautiful park.

South Carolina

Swansea, SC – Find plenty of Southern hospitality on this park’s 43 acres of rolling South Carolina farmland. The accents are sweet and the tea is sweeter!  Catch bass, sunfish and bream in four fully-stocked fishing ponds, and walk the park’s nature trails winding down to the North Edisto River. This pet-friendly campground is found less than half an hour from Columbia, SC and less than an hour from the legendary links of Augusta, GA.


North Texas/Burleson, TX – They say everything is bigger in Texas, and with 248 full hookup RV sites, this park just might prove it. Enjoy all the big city attractions of Dallas/Ft. Worth while soaking up the relaxing country atmosphere at North Texas Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort.

Canyon Lake, TX – Located in breathtaking Texas Hill Country, a half mile from the Guadalupe River and 2 miles from Canyon Lake, the area around our Canyon Lake park offers plenty to do, such as floating and fishing the Guadalupe River, onsite fishing, boating, sailing, or scuba diving; biking trails, hiking trails, Schlitterbahn, and Natural Bridge Caverns. New Braunfels is just 15 minutes away, and San Antonio is a 35 mile drive. The legendary music scene of Austin is less than an hour away, making this a perfect base for exploring all that this area of the Lone Star State has to offer.

Fredericksburg, TX  – Just outside historic Fredericksburg and in the heart of Texas Wine Country, this beautiful park offers an upscale retreat – even the bathhouse has granite tops! Oversize RV sites offer a variety of views and are pet-friendly. Enjoy wine country tours and tastings, explore nearby art galleries, and sample a long list of award-winning restaurants during your stay.

Tyler, TX – Located on 47 acres in the rolling hills of the East Texas Piney Woods north of Tyler, Texas, Whispering Pines is one of the most beautiful parks in the South. With 130 full-hookup RV sites, there’s lots of opportunity to make new friends and enjoy the wide open spaces and clear starry skies of East Texas. Two saltwater swimming pools (one for adults only), a catch-and-release fishing pond, a convenience and gift store, golf cart rentals and more make the award-winning Tyler Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort a great choice.

Waller, TX – Explore Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast from the Lone Star Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort in Waller, 35 miles northwest of the city. A stocked fishing lake, scenic lakeview sites, beautiful landscaping, a park store and more make Tyler a quiet, relaxing getaway.

Wichita Falls, TX  – One of Jellystone Park’s newest additions, this park offers true Texas country on the edge of city convenience! Jellystone Park™ at Coyote Ranch is host to 123 beautiful RV sites (73 pull thru and 50 back in.)A 90-acre fishing pond, wedding chapel, event site complete with catering, two pavilions, two swimming pools, golf cart rentals and free DirecTV are just a few of the things that make this park unique. A dog run is onsite – and you can even book spa treatments at Coyote Ranch. Golf, shopping, top-notch dining, museums and much, much more are nearby.

Club Yogi Rewards Members Earn Double Points in September

August 15, 2012

Visit any Jellystone Park between September 4 to 27, 2012 and Club Yogi Rewards members earn double points on all stays and qualified purchases at the Park!  You don’t need to do anything special to receive the bonus.  Just be sure to give the Park your Club Yogi Rewards member number when making reservations. Then present your card at check-in and when purchasing anything in the Park store.

So, make your reservation today at your favorite Park!  We hope to see you soon.

Not a Club Yogi Rewards member?  Join today for free.

Happy camping,

The Club Yogi Rewards Team

Beat the Heat with Jellystone Campgrounds

July 17, 2012

There’s no doubt about it – so far, summer 2012 has been a hot one! With much of the country facing record-breaking, super-intense heat, it’s hard for families to come up with activities that keep everyone cool but entertained. Look no further than your favorite Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, where swimming pools, splash parks, watersides and more offer a wet ‘n wild time for the entire family. Here’s just a glimpse at the fun to be had; be sure to check your nearby campground to see how they are helping guests beat the heat.

• A half-hour’s drive from Houston, the Lone Star Jellystone Park in Waller features a 350-foot whoosh into the water on its famous Pine Tree Plunge waterslide. Don’t miss the Ride the Serpent slide, the plunge pool and the swimming pool. For younger kids, visit the Splash Playground with its 5000-gallon Picnic Basket Blaster. And when you need to dry out just a little, the Wet-n-Wild Hey Wagon will keep you cool outside the pool.
• A giant swimming pool and a separate slide pool with three different water slides make this Minnesota campground perfect for pumping up the excitement. Keep an eye out for the Slip ‘n Slide, where kids will have a belly-busting good time.
• Teens, tweens and kids (not to mention Mom and Dad) splash into fun at the Splash Park and Yogi Bear’s Water Zone in Gloucester Point, VA. With waterslides, spray guns, buckets dumping gallons of water from far overhead and of course old-fashioned swimming, a weekend at Gloucester Point is sure to be wet, wild and full of memories.
Caledonia Wisconsin's Water Zone features Yogi Bear’s Picnic Splash, with water slides, sprayers and a giant picnic basket that fills with water and dumps it out every few minutes. The Water Wars area offers water balloons and sling shots – what better combination for kids to help keep their parents nice and cool? The swimming and activity pool is for those who actually want to swim – and maybe play a little water basketball, volleyball and more.

Trailer Life Directory Highlights North America's Best Campgrounds

June 13, 2012

These Jellystone Parks are in the top 100 of all Good Sam parks and are named the “Best of the Best” for 2012.
Harrisville, PA
Woodstock, NB

Jellystone Park Campgrounds Earn High Ratings From Woodalls

June 7, 2012

Woodall Publications announced the top-rated, privately-owned RV parks and campgrounds in North America through its 5W/5W rating system. Of the 8,000 privatelyowned parks listed in its 2012 North American Campground Directory, 363 parks earned the highest and most coveted designation in the Woodall’s rating system.

Congrats to these parks for their award!
Amboy, IL
Fremont, IN
Lawrence, KS
Hagerstown, MD
Frankenmuth, MI
Horn Lake, MS
Pelahatchie, MS
Gardiner, NY
North Hudson, NY
North Java, NY
Woodridge, NY
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Harrisville, PA
Mill Run, PA
Quarryville, PA
Gatlinburg, TN
Caledonia, WI
WI Dells, WI

Have an Egg-cellent Easter With Jellystone Park Campgrounds

April 3, 2012

The Easter Bunny is Coming!
At Jellystone Park campgrounds, we love an excuse for a great family-friendly party. And what better way to celebrate than the return of spring and its best-known mascot, the Easter Bunny? From Easter egg hunts to crafts to sunrise worship services, the weekend of April 6-8 is sure to be truly egg-stravagant. Many campgrounds have minimum required stays and book early for the holiday weekend; check with your favorite Jellystone Park to see what’s going on. Here’s a quick list of parks around the country with egg-stra special Easter plans.
At our Memphis campground , Easter Weekend is your chance to come help Yogi Bear™ celebrate Easter! There will be games, an Easter Egg Hunt, and an egg decorating contest.
The Kansas City Jellystone Park will celebrate Funny Bunny Weekend, with Easter egg hunts and plenty of family memories to be made along the way.
If you’re looking for camping near Columbia, SC , it’s a weekend full of family fun with a movie night and marshmallow roast on Friday; kids’ Easter crafts, and Easter egg hunt, a scavenger hunt and gospel singing on Saturday; and a beautiful lakeside Easter sunrise service with a local church.
At Cobb Mountain, CA , you’re invited to join Yogi’s Easter Weekend for all the fun and excitement! They will be having an Easter egg hunt, arts and crafts, Hay Rides with Yogi and much more!
 Happy Easter from Jellystone Park! We can’t wait to see you.

New Jellystone Park Near Gulf Shores Alabama

February 27, 2012

The Jellystone Park™ family is excited to welcome our first Alabama Park — the former Lazy Acres Campground in Elberta, AL, joins us this camping season. Located just 17 miles from Alabama’s famous Gulf Shores (and five miles from West Pensacola), Lazy Acres campground was built from the ground up 14 years ago. The owners carefully preserved the natural setting by cutting down as few trees as possible to make room for campsites and amenities. The result is a Deep South getaway that makes the perfect home base for exploring all of Floribama, from Mobile to Gulf Shores to Pensacola, FL.
The campground offers 43 full service sites as well as campsites for pull-throughs and tents. A pool, playground, volleyball court, and meeting room are all onsite; a fully-stocked lake offers free fishing.
While you’re there, you’ll want to explore the area. Be sure to visit the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile; Gulf Shores National Seashore and Waterville, USA in Gulf Shores; and the greyhound track, and Pensacola Beach in Pensacola. The park is currently offering a free third night stay for guests who reserve a site for two nights.
The new Alabama Jellystone Park is open year-round and is located at 12160 Wortel Road in Elberta, AL. For reservations, call 251-986-3566.

Jellystone Park Winter Camping & Activities

December 9, 2011

Here is an alphabetical list by state of Jellystone Park campgrounds that are open for winter camping. (All Canada parks are now closed.) We’ve included a sample of the activities they have planned. Click on each park to view details on their website.

Cobb Mountain, CA: There are no scheduled winter activities, but the campground is open all year.

Larkspur, CO: Experience Winter Wonderland activities including daily goat hikes, rare sightings of Yogi taking hibernation breaks, winter disk golf, night disk golf, bonfires, hay rides, winter archery, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, inner tubing and goat Sleigh rides!

Montrose, CO: There are no scheduled activities, but the area is a winter wonderland! Skiing, snowshoeing, Ouray Hot Springs and more!

Madison, FL Chili Cook-off and New Year’s Eve Party

Bremen, GA: There are no scheduled winter activities, but the campground is open all year.

Goodfield, IL: There are no scheduled winter activities, but the campground is open all year.

Millbrook (Chicago area), IL:  There are no scheduled winter activities, but the campground is open all year.

Portage, IN: There are no scheduled winter activities, but the campground is open all year.

Scottsburg, IN: There are no scheduled winter activities, but the campground is open all year.

Lawrence (Kansas City area), KS: There are no scheduled winter activities, but the campground is open all year.

Cave City, KY: There are no scheduled winter activities, but the campground is open all year.

Lake Charles, LA: There are no scheduled winter activities, but the campground is open all year.

Robert, LA: Cabins are 50% off, campsites only $30/night during December!

Sturbridge, MA: There are no scheduled winter activities, but the campground is open all year. Visit Old Sturbridge Village for activities throughout November and December including Christmas by Candlelight.

Pelahatchie, MS: There are no scheduled winter activities, but the campground is open all year.

Branson, MO: Enjoy peddle carts, playgrounds, indoor cinema, use of game room, and of course Yogi Bear! Experience one of the biggest traditional Christmas celebrations in the US with an Ozark Mountain Christmas .

Elmer, NJ: The park is open for overnight camping until November 27th. Monthly camping available all winter!

Cherokee, NC: There are no scheduled winter activities, but nearby there is Harrah’s Casino the The Cherokee Indian Museum.

Tabor City, NC: There are no scheduled winter activities, but the park is open all year. 

Horn Lake, MS (Memphis area): No winter activities on property, but here is plenty to do in the area: Graceland, Beale Street, Casinos and more!

Mill Run, PA: There are no scheduled winter activities, but the park is open all year. 

Milton, PA:  There are no scheduled winter activities, but the park is open all year. 

Swansea, SC (Columbia area): New Year’s Eve Celebration – 20% off and Double Club Yogi Rewards points! Click to see our activity schedule

Nashville, TN: Experience Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland, the world’s largest drive-through, fully synchronized, LED Christmas light and music show! Plus, Opryland Hotel is down the street.

South Fort Worth, TX: YOGI BEAR’S HOLLY JOLLY HOLIDAYS, December 9 – 11 Come help Yogi Bear ring in the Christmas season. We have lots of holiday crafts to choose from. We will have a “Festival of Lights” fire truck ride through the park to see all of the décor. We’ll make s’mores next to the fireplace. Yogi Bear’s handler will be reading Holiday stories. We will have Holiday movie night and Holiday Karaoke to get you in the spirit of Christmas.

Canyon Lake, TX:  Dec 09-11 – Christmas Celebration (Buy 1 night get 2 free!) To say Thank You to all our customers we are offering buy 1 night, get 2 nights free! If you can’t stay the 3rd night use it for a late check out on Sunday afternoon. We will be asking for canned food donations for our local food pantry.

Waller (Houston), TX: Thanksgiving pot-luck. We suppy the turkey, you bring the sides.

Emporia, VA: There are no scheduled winter activities but the park is open all year.

Gloucester Point, VA: There are no scheduled activities but plenty to do in the area including Colonial Williamsburg.