LSI was originally formed as Jellystone Campgrounds Ltd. in March 1969 for the purpose of developing a chain of high-quality franchised resort-type campgrounds utilizing Yogi Bear™ and related characters as key advertising and theming elements. The License rights for use of this world famous animated character group were obtained from Hanna-Barbera through its licensing agent, Screen Gems, Inc.
By the end of 1971 there were ten franchised Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts in operation. Growth has been steady throughout the company’s history, and today there are over 70 locations in 24 states and Canada.
In 1985, LSI was purchased by a Pennsylvania company, Ahnert Enterprises. Then in July of 1989, Great American Broadcasting Company, which owned Hanna-Barbera Productions at that time, acquired LSI and moved the operation to Cincinnati, Ohio. A new management team has revitalized, reorganized, and improved the franchise operations to the point where LSI now believes that the system is poised for significant growth.
Today, the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort system is owned by Park River Corporation, a privately-held Cincinnati company, and is firmly established as a leader in the camping industry. While LSI still seeks newly constructed parks, the franchise sales emphasis is to convert existing privately-owned campgrounds to the Jellystone System. Now, for a relatively modest investment, owners of existing, qualified campgrounds can purchase a "conversion package" including Yogi Bear theming elements and become a member of the Jellystone Park network of quality Camp-Resorts.