End of Season Looms for NRD Campgrounds

End of Season Looms for NRD Campgrounds

Thursday, September 10, 2020
As the weather cools and leaves begin to fall, the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District is making plans for the end of the camping season. Camping will be finished for the season at all district recreation areas after October 25. The NRD manages five recreation areas. Tent camping is allowed at all sites and RV camping is available at Pioneer Trails and Bruce L. Anderson Recreation Areas through the end of the season. Day use of all recreation areas, including fishing and hiking, continues year-round. 

The 2020 camping season got off to a rocky start with a late opening due to the pandemic. However, the campgrounds have seen above average use through the summer, especially over weekends, and are projected to end the season at normal levels of use despite the campgrounds being open several weeks less this year.

The cap to the season will be a family Halloween event at Bruce L. Anderson Recreation Area (Recharge Lake) in York. Now in its fourth year, the Recharge Haunts will look a little different in 2020. Instead of a walk through a “haunted” trail, it will be a drive-by event circling through the campgrounds area. Visitors will stay in their cars and there will be no trick-or-treat component due to health and safety recommendations. However, the Criss/Emerson family, who organizes the event annually, says one thing will remain the same: the cost to participate will still be canned goods. The event typically brings in more than 500 pounds of non-perishable food items, which are donated to the local food pantry managed by Blue Valley Community Action. The Recharge Haunt will be one night only on Saturday, October 31, from 7-10:30 p.m. While Justin Criss, event organizer, says all ages are welcome, he notes that the event will be fairly scary, and participants should be ready for thrills, chills, and screams. You can find more information on this event on Facebook.
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