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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Lasting Labor Day Memories Waiting to be Made at Encore and Thousand Trails Resorts and Campgrounds!

Don’t let summer slip away just yet. Finish it off with a BANG  when you come out and camp for the holiday weekend. Pitch a tent under the stars, cozy up in a cabin or bring out the RV and find your perfect site to enjoy this Labor Day. Leave your worries behind, take the family and relax around a campfire, hike a trail or lounge by the lake.

Spend Labor Day at Mt Hood Village RV Resort in Welches, Oregon and feel the spirit of competition during the watermelon eating contest, egg toss and sack races. Ease into the night with music as the live band plays under the stars.

Watch out for flying pies during the Pie Toss at Lake George Escape RV Resort in Lake George, New York. With carnival fun, give your best throw at the Dunk Tank and fill your Labor Day with balloon animals, games, prizes, food and more!

Come and make lasting memories at your favorite Thousand Trails and Encore RV Resorts and Campgrounds. With over 170 Labor Day destinations to choose from, we have a place for you and the family to come be a part of the fun!

Book your holiday weekend today. Sites are filling fast and we can’t wait to see you!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Fin & Field makes finding nearby hunting and fishing destinations easy! - Featured Sponsor

RVing and camping have long been favorite American pastimes and at Fin & Field we believe that camping and fishing go hand-in-hand. The thrill of casting a line and waiting for the action to ensue have captured the hearts of outdoorsmen for generations.  Today that experience is still a focus for many RVers as they set out each year for new adventures. Thanks to technology and access to internet, in even the most far reaching locations, finding that next great spot to set up camp and go fishing has become easy to do.

At Fin & Field we’ve made it our mission to help outdoorsman like you find and book your next adventure.  From top fly fishing destinations to offshore saltwater hot spots, finding access to public waters, guides, outfitters and charters is easier than ever. Here are a few of our favorite angling destinations within easy reach of great camping destinations across the country.

Florida Keys (Islamorada) - If you have a taste for top salt action, fishing Islamorada Florida is sure to please.  From spectacular offshore opportunities to a shot at the coveted “Keys Slam” (tarpon, permit and bonefish on the same trip) the Keys are tough to beat. Take a look at these Passport-America campsites and nearby charter providers. 

Sunshine Key RV Resort & Marina, An Encore Resort
Jolly Roger Travel Park (Duck Key)
First Love Charters - (855) 978-0911
Fin-Tastic Fishing Charters - (877) 219-9373

Oregon - Deschutes National Forest (Bend) - If you’re exploring the pacific northwest this vacation season, don’t miss the beauty of top destinations such as the Deschutes National Forest.  With numerous campsite opportunities in and around the park, the Bend area will put you in a prime spot to target native rainbow’s and depending on timing, catch the annual steelhead run. Be sure to check out these top RV sites and guides if you’re in the area. 

Bend - Sun River RV Resort, An Encore Resort
Cascade Meadows RV Resort
Rainbow Bend Flyfishing - (855) 831-2902
Deschutes River Anglers - (844) 348-5198  

Michigan - Manistee National Forest (Pere Marquette) - Michigan has long been a favorite destination for campers with it’s miles of lakeshore and abundant parkland in its central regions.  Summer brings sun-filled warm days outdoors and cool evenings around the campfire. Heading to Michigan provides RVers and anglers the opportunity to chase bass, walleye and perch along with the chance at some rod-bending action for browns, rainbows and steelhead in the great lakes.  

Pere Marquette Oaks RV Condominium Park
R and J Resort Campground
River Marine Outfitters - (855) 404-8740
Salmon Slayer Charters - (855) 656-4714

These are just a few of the amazing fishing and camping opportunities available to the adventurer in you.  Not sure where to start or how to find the best charter or guide for your trip? Fin & Field makes it easy to find your next adventure and make this year’s camping trip one for the ages. Just visit or give us a call at 877-649-8311 for more information.

Happy camping!

Friday, June 19, 2015

NEW! What's Happening? - Park Event details available on Passport America's Website

We are happy to announce a new section available on our website entirely dedicated to events at participating campgrounds. Members now have a quick way to find out what's happening at participating parks. Events include bingo, potlucks, events for kids, gatherings, dinners, live entertainment and much more!

Click here to start exploring events at Passport America Participating Campgrounds.

When you visit our website, you will find a link to all posted events within the Campground Menu on our website:

The list's default order is by month, state/province and day of the month. However, you can filter the list by month and state/province:

From the list you can click on the name of the campground to access the park's Passport America Campground Directory details. There may also be a link on the event listing that will direct to details about the event on the campground's website.

In addition to accessing park events in the What's Happening section, you can also view from the participating campground's listing. You will notice "Park Events" below the Testimonial section on the park's Passport America listing only if events are posted.

Click on "View Park Events" for a list of the participating park's events.

We hope you enjoy this new option and have a great time  at the events you attend. :)

Please be advised that the Passport America discount may not be valid during these posted events. Please refer to the NOTES on the campground's Passport America listing for details about member discount eligibility and valid times.

Xscapers – A New Generation of RVers

 I’m so excited to be a part of this new evolution of an already great club. Less than 24 hours "live" and the connections just keep expanding. Can't wipe this grin off my face.Sky Renfro

Escapees RV Club founders Joe and Kay Peterson were just 43 years old and working on the road when they started full-time RVing. When they formed the club in 1978, 40 percent of the members were under age 50, the majority was still working at least part-time, and nine of the first 100 member-families were traveling full-time with their kids.

Escapees’ 36-year mission is to provide a complete support network for ALL RVers. Travis and Melanie Carr, the third generation of this family-owned business, realized that the newest generation of RVers was being inadvertently left out.

Inspired by the Club’s original roots and their own desire to work and travel while in their 20s, they are expanding the circle of support by creating a brand new lifestyle group called Xscapers.

Cherie, Chris, Melanie and Travis.

Xscapers is a support network for RVers who (in most cases) have not yet retired but have already, or are aspiring to, hit the road in pursuit of a full-time or part-time nomadic lifestyle. Travis and Melanie worked closely with Chris Dunphy and Cherie Ve Ard of Technomadia in order to come up with new benefits and services that would help meet the needs of these RVers.

To keep information and resources better geared to meet the needs of each demographic niche, a one-style-fits-all format was less than ideal; therefore, there are two separate websites available for both Escapees ( and Xscapers ( However, every member has the ability to participate in either group as much or as little as they choose.

The price is just $29.95 regardless of which group you join!  At that price you have complete access to both groups—there is no separation in membership and no additional costs. You will find a slightly different look and feel on each site, and some of the resources vary, but you may easily cross back and forth between sites based on your personal interests and needs.

As the year unfolds, you may see some new events and Xscapers gatherings taking place. We anticipate convergences where various generations will come together in a whole new way. Let the adventure begin—we’ll see you on the horizon!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Platte River Campground, Glenrock, WY - New Passport America Participating Park

Escape to Platte River RV Campground a magical destination. Most people call Platte River RV a place where your mind, body, and soul will relax and become one with nature.

We are a private owned campground, friendly staff and happy for you to be our guest. Platte River RV Living, location in the campground is for a more quiet experience.

The great part about Platte River RV & Campground, in addition to the RV Park being open year-round, is the campground offers many different styles of camping-enough options to please any camper. Full drive through sights, self contained sights and walk in tent sights right on the river. We offer floating parties that include: Your group camp sight, floating trip, evening campfire and BBQ. 

We offer kayak, canoe, river tubing and paddleboarding rentals. Shuttle service provided. We have the perfect island right off the beach landing for excellent fly fishing for rainbow & brown trout. 

We offer a hiking trip to The Rock In The Glen $10.00 per person. This rock bears some of the names and traces of the 350,000 emigrants who traveled westward through this valley during the 1800's. This is a very easy trip about 1 1/2 mile round trip hike.

Amenities: Located on the river with 40 total RV sites, can accommodate RV’s up to 50ft, 30/50-amp service, full hookups, partial hookups, back-ins, pull thrus with full hookups and 30/50-amp, dump station, hike-in tent sites, Wi-Fi, restrooms, showers, laundry, ice, picnic area, fire rings, BBQ, propane, RV storage, canoeing, fishing, ATV, nature watching, swimming in river.

Long term lease RV living. We also offer storage units for extra storage space. 

Area Attractions: Our Campground is ON the Oregon Trail. Our Glenrock Museum has pictures of the river where we are.

Glenrock's Paleontological Museum. Dr. Robert T. Bakker Education Center offers info into the dinosaur age of our area with Lady Stephanie at the helm. A Triceratops that was discovered 5-miles north of Glenrock in 1994. 

Also in the area - Historical Higgins Hotel and Paisley Shawl Hotel Bed and Breakfast. 

Glenrock Area Events: June 13, 18, 19, 20 Valentine Speedway Race Track, June 26-28 15th Annual Summer Hog Fest, and Deer Creek Day's July 31st through August 2nd: 5K run/walk, annual parade, tractor pulls, golf tournament, art show and craft fair. 

There are many museums, restaurants, grocery stores plus more close by.

Platte River Campground
131 Shawnie Ln
Glenrock, WY 82637
Phone: (307) 262-9768

Regular Rate(s): $45.00*
Passport America Rate(s): $22.50*

NOTES: Open year-round! PA cannot be combined with another discount. Credit cards accepted. Pets welcome. *Plus 9% tax. Rates are for up to four adults. $1 per pet. Tent Rates: Sunday thru Thursday $18, PA $9. Weekends and Holidays $20, PA $10.


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National Senior Fishing License proposed

Donna and Dennis Miller with last crappie to finish all 48 states.

National Senior Fishing License proposed

By Kim Fundingsland –Staff Writer – The Minot Daily News

 A man who has fished in 49 states and has his 50th, Hawaii, on his coming schedule, says he’d like to see the implementation of a National Senior Fishing License. Dennis Miller, a former North Dakotan who claims Livingston, Texas as his residence, regularly tours the country in an RV with his wife Donna. Both are avid fishermen.

  An earlier proposal for nationwide free fishing for seniors died for lack of supper at the federal level. The idea has arisen again, this time at the state level with a push for a National Senior Fishing License. The license would cost $50 and be good in all participating states. Fishermen would have to have a resident license from their home state to be eligible for the national license. 

 Miller has partnered with Ray Fernandez, a Mississippi man who operates a national RV website called Passport America. They currently are encouraging fisherman throughout the US to sign an online petition at (

  “It’s a real simple petition” said Miller. “I’m getting about 50-100 signatures a week. I’ve never had a negative response in all my travels. We’re being faily patient with this, probably try to schedule something in Texas and Florida this winter.”

  Miller says he hopes to take several thousand petition signatures with him when he meets with various state agencies while pitching the idea of a National Senior Fishing License. The hope is to get a few states to adopt the concept and then see if others will follow.

  “I would think five to eight states, probably to start” said Miller. “I’m aiming pretty low, to be honest. The path that I’m going to take is to present a letter of intent or agreement. I have no idea whether or not it will succeed. Where this ends up, I don’t know.”

  Greg Power, North Dakota Game and Fish Departement fisheries division chief, said he had not yet heard about Miller’s effort when contacted by The Minot Daily News. However, said Power, some obstacles to overcome would be that sates have varying ages for senior fishing licenses and different start dates to fishing seasons.

  “It’s news to me” said Power. “It sounds like a logistical challenge.”

  In North Dakota a senior resident fishing license, age 65 or older, is $5. A non-resident season fishing license is $45. Like many other states, North Dakota does not have a non-resident senior fishing license.

  “States have little or no cost for senior fishing licenses, so they’ve really not getting any revenue,” said Miller. “This is a way for them to get money for that. The home state keeps the $50.”

  Coastal states have both freshwater and saltwater fishing licenses, another issue that would have to be overcome if the National Senior Fishing License comes to fruition. Miller says his current effort is aimed solely at freshwater fishing. 

By Kim Fundingsland –Staff Writer – The Minot Daily News

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