Gr8LakesCamper: Ohio State Parks introduces camper rewards program

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May 28, 2010

DSCF0136Just in time for summer, Ohio State Parks is offering a new rewards program for frequent campers and cottage guests, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
 
The Ohio State Parks rewards card is free of charge, and is available through the state parks website, www.ohiostateparks.org, the reservation call center at 1-866-OHIOPARKS, and from local state park offices.
 
“The rewards program is our way of saying thanks to campers who come back year after year,” said Ohio State Parks Acting Chief John Hunter. “We want to help make an Ohio vacation a little more affordable, and encourage frequent camping trips and getaways in our parks.”
 
For each dollar spent on camping at one of Ohio’s 56 state park campgrounds, rewards card holders earn points toward a free night of camping.  Rewards card holders who stay in the getaway rentals offered at numerous state parks, as well as the vacation cottages at Buck Creek, Cowan Lake, Dillon, Hocking Hills (Hocking Hills’ Ash Cave is pictured above), Lake Hope, Mohican, Pike Lake and Pymatuning state parks, will also earn points toward a free stay.  Other activities earning Rewards card holders points include camp store purchases and shelter house rentals in Ohio State Parks.    
 
In addition to earning points for future stays, those who enroll in the Ohio State Parks rewards program by June 30 will also receive points for their camping and cottage stays in 2009. Once registered, rewards card holders may check their balances online at www.ohiostateparks.org.
 
As an added bonus, several of Ohio’s state park lodges are offering special guest room rates for rewards card holders.  Card holders who book rooms at Burr Oak, Deer Creek, Hueston Woods, Maumee Bay, Mohican, Punderson, Salt Fork and Shawnee can enjoy a 25-percent discount on the regular room rate for overnight stays on the regular room rate for stays between now and June 11, and between Aug. 23 and Dec. 30.
 
For more information on the Ohio State Parks rewards program, visit the Ohio State Parks Web site, www.ohiostateparks.org.

From the personal blog: The Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association (GLLKA) will be offering lighthouse lovers a unique two-day lighthouse excursion on northern Lake Huron on Monday Aug. 23 and Tuesday Aug. 24. Read more about this wonderful fundraiser by clicking here.

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8 comments

  1. Jake Brake

    Rick,
    Cutsie story, I guess, but nothing really original. Any of us who did a search engine search on Ohio parks could easily have come up with this bit of trivia. What is it that you think you are offering that is special, partner?

    Why not get off your couch to offer us an original RV traveling/camping thought? Maybe go interview someone in Ohio officially affiliated with camping. Maybe go to an off-beat place. Maybe review an interesting RV destination that has no website. Do it yourself, without relying on someone else’s review. You have six references to other peoples’ sites in a 350-word piece of “writing”….including an html to your other blog.

    Seems like a lazy writing style to me, if you’ll forgive me for being blunt. You realize, don’t you that you have an audience of at least minimally experienced RVrs out here, don’t you? You happened to reference the most often thought-of sites in Ohio for sightseeing. It’s just so doggone obvious. So many of us have gone down these beaten paths often enough to have beaten them to death. Maybe not, but we know at least to Google “Ohio” if we’re going to travel in Ohio. And we’ll Google “camping” if we want camping information. Same goes for other places that we seek to travel to. Are you going to do this simple of an approach on every Midwest site?

    You can offer something truly original by going with something that isn’t intrinsically obvious to the rest of us travelers, pal. But just don’t recap what every government chamber of commerce writer has done, or what every other travel brochure writer has written. Otherwise, it’s surely patronizing to most of the rest of us, son.

  2. David McCracken

    I just purchased a 2006 Fleetwood Bounder 38S that is pre-wired for a break controller. I want to use my Prodigy P-3 brakek controller but the plugs do not match. Do they sell an adapter to solve this problem or does anyone have any advice on how to direct wire this. Thanks

  3. @David: Your best bet is to contact the dealer where you purchased the Bounder from. Otherwise, there are other sources (RV Doctor at this website comes to mind) who could give you your answer.
    @Jake: Thank you for reading this post. You’re right. This was information sent to me by the Ohio DNR, and it was the same information they sent to everyone else who is on their media mailing list. I included it here because I thought it was something that most people would find useful. Obviously, you didn’t.

  4. ft-rver

    Really looks like a way to discourage out-of-state users and reward Ohio residents for the state taxes that support the system. Sort of sounds right doesn’t it?
    Since out-of-state visitations are spread out fairly evenly (presumably) with Ohio residents visiting other state’s sites, this should even out over all. Therefore it really is a foot in the door for all states to increase user support over taxed support.
    The original purpose of the state (and National Parks) is then being subverted by this seemingly innocuous move.

  5. Good to see a tlanet at work. I can’t match that.

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