We have been FTing for 5 years, Either camphosting for pay and site or during winter months volunteering for NPS or state parks in warm states. DW is a cosultent and has to fly into San Fracisco or Oakland several time a year. So my job is to make sure we AT&T coverage for internet & phone and be within 50 miles (sometimes 150)of an air port. This winter she took on a six month contract in Palm Desert and my SSI kick in. So I'm soaking in the hot pools, walking the dogs and cooking dinner and can't wait to get moving on April 1st. Heading for south Oregon for a volunteer job and some good fishing.
Stan & Isabel
La Pine State Park, Oregon.
Where is this located ? We were at Bullards Beach, Bandon and also at Stub Stewart State Park this past 6 months. Not doing Stewart State Park again int he winter, just too cold. But loved Bullards and will return in October.
Now at our home base rv park until we report in May to Corps of Engineers, Ice Harbor Dam, Burbank WA. Hubby doing landscape & me in the Resource Center again this year. Be there until September.
Works for us as our daughters, and grandchildren are in the area.
We will be at Bullard in December.
Even if the campground is open, the beauty of the surrounding mountains is lost for quite some time, IMHO.
Here is a link to the fire and it's relationship to Butt Valley Reservoir. The reservoir is the linear waterbody in the middle of the burn area. Click Here
As a matter of fact, having returned to the area for clean up following the Chips fire, the areas surrounding the campgrounds were affected minimally. Camp Connery (group campground) had the fire line up to its back gate, last we heard PG&E was planning on clearing the burn area and replanting. The road to Butt lake had some fire damage on one side, due to control burn, and you can see where the fire came down the mountain from the opposite side of the campgrounds. At Rocky Point, the area had patches of damage, but you had to look for them. We have not visited the surrounding areas that did burn much more extensively, mostly in rugged terrain. I think that the Chips fire has left its mark but that we will see a healthy forest when we return in May.
We are camphosts at Lake Almanor Rocky Point Campground, this is the sister campground to Ponderosa on Butt Lake. It is true that we were evacuated and closed for 2 weeks in August during the Chips Fire. Our Area Managers decided not to reopen Ponderosa, Clear Springs, Yellow Creek and two loops of Rocky Point at the end of the season, so that the camphosts could do extensive cleanup to prepare for Summer 2013.
Depending on the weather, we are expecting to open all campgrounds on-time. As far as the fees, they have not changed it is $25/site, $10 for a second RV/Trailer in the same spot. There are double sites available for $50. There are additional fees for pets, extra vehicles and dump station.
Why would anyone pay $25 for a PG&E site as opposed to the National Forest Service campgrounds? All PG&E sites are paved, most sites are right on the lakes-Almanor and Butt. Which means you can launch your boat one time and moor it near your campsite until you are ready to leave. We have campers who have been camping at these campgrounds for over 30 years. Fishing from boat or shore is great, Lake Almanor is bigger allows powerboats for skiing, Butt Lake has a no-wake speed limit, it is smaller and not as deep, but has great fishing (& quiet)
If we can assist any further send us a PM, or check out American Land & Leisure website for information re PG&E campgrounds.
Stan & Isabel