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January 29, 2014

County-owned campground, park data released

Recently, Marion County Conservation Executive Director Steve Edwards compiled these figures regarding County-owned campgrounds and parks from 2013. The County’s online reservation system allows visitors to make reservations for the cabins up to two years ahead of their visit, which can make it difficult to compile accurate figures for a given year. Here is what Conservation reports from 2013.

Cordova Park Cabins

-251 cabin reservations were made during 2013 which is similar to the 2012 season. (three-bedroom cabins were rented about 3 percent more than 2-bedroom cabins.)

-Occupancy for the cabins normally runs near 100 percent from Memorial Day through Labor Day (Recreation Season) During this period, cabins are rented by the week only, with a Friday Check-in and a Friday Check-out. Occupancy for cabins in the Non-Recreational Season (after Labor Day and before Memorial Day) is usually close to 90 percent on most weekends and holiday.

-The slowest times of the year are the months of January, February and early March.

-The majority of cabin users renting cabins during the recreational season were for vacations, fishing and boating, and base of operation for shopping and sightseeing around Lake Red Rock.

-The majority of cabin users renting cabins during the non-recreational season were for short family retreats, friends getting together and hunters.

-Revenue generated was around $118,000.

Roberts Creek Park

-Camping numbers were up from 2012. Number of people increased by 5 percent to around 7,000. Camper/days increased by 11 percent to 6,130 and the number of camping units was up by 12 percent to 2,092.

-Camping revenue was $96,000.

Marion County Park

-Camping numbers remained virtually the same as in 2012. Number of people was 4,300, camper/days were 4,082 and the number of camping units was 1,259.

-Camping revenue was $71,000

General Comments

-95 percent of all cabin and campground reservations are now made on-line through

-5 percent of all cabin and campground reservations are made by MCCB staff making them by phone or walk-ins.

-Full service camp sites (water, electric and sewer) are the favorite and reserved first, they are also the highest priced.

-At Marion County Park, the 32-year-old (20’x 40’) wooded shelter located in the main campground has been removed and will be replaced with a new 26’x 48’ steel shelter this spring. Construction on this project will begin as soon as weather permits.

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