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RVers often escape the summer heat by looking for campgrounds with great water features, especially lakes and swimming pools.
But across the country, campgrounds and RV resorts are increasingly complementing their natural and manmade lakes with inflatable floating climbing structures, which they often fashion into floating waterparks. Growing numbers of campgrounds are also installing spraygrounds and waterzones with dumping buckets and interactive water features. Some campgrounds are even installing waterslides of various heights and lengths, all of which are designed to help families cool off while creating wonderful memories.
Here’s a sampling of the growing numbers of campgrounds across the country that are providing their guests with exceptional water attractions:
— Austin Lake RV Park and Cabins in Toronto, Ohio: This family owned campground was built along the shores of 80-acre Austin Lake, which features everything from bumper boats to kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, paddleboats and inflating floating climbing structures.
— Camp Fimfo in New Braunfels, Texas: Water amenities at this campground include swimming pools, a splash playground with two water slides, two kiddie slides and hydrostorm bucket. Bigger kids and adults can enjoy two exciting tube slides that are 242 feet- and 334-feet-long and two thrill speed slides that are 196 feet long. This park also offers spa tubs and 1,000 feet of frontage along the Guadalupe River, which is popular with tubing enthusiasts.
— Camp Fimfo in Waco, Texas: This campground complements its swimming pool with a waterzone with interactive play features and waterslides. The park also offers spa tubs.
— Duck Creek Campground in Pardeeville, Wisconsin: This campground has a spring-fed swimming pond with a large sand beach, a swimming raft and inflatable water toys, and a fishing pond stocked with panfish and bass. Guests can also catch catfish, walleye, northern pike and bass on Duck Creek, which borders the campground.
— Emrick Lake Campground in Oxford, Wisconsin:This campground has a private 38-acre lake with paddle boats and kayaks as well as a swimming pond the size of a football field with a 90-foot-long inflatable slide and a set of inflatable floating climbing structures.
— Gater Grounds RV Resort in Bunkie, Louisiana: This park has indoor and outdoor waterparks, several swimming pools and a lazy river. The outdoor waterpark has five waterslides while the indoor waterpark has a kiddie slide as well as a splash play area. This park also has a zipline challenge course.
— Great Escapes RV Resort in Perrin, Texas: This campground has multiple water attractions, including three swimming pools and a splashpad, a multilevel waterpark with waterslides, and a lake with an inflatable floating obstacle course.
— Lost Lagoon RV Resort in Campo, Texas: Water amenities at this campground 70 miles southwest of Houston include a 700,000-gallon zero entry pool with a 21-foot slide, a rope swing, waterfalls, a 500-foot-long lazy river, a swim up bar and a Jacuzzi. The park also features a Wibit sportspark with inflatable climbing structures, a Kiddie Lagoon with water features, climbing features, slides, a giant water dump and plenty of shade for adults to enjoy while watching their kids play.
— Jellystone Park in Bostic, North Carolina: This park’s water attractions include a Wibit floating obstacle course and a
zipline into the lake. Kayak, paddleboat and stand up paddle board rentals are also available. This park also has a multilevel water play structure with water slides and an activity pool.
— Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Burleson, Texas: This campground complements its organized family activities and themed weekends with its 4-acre park next door called Pirate’s Cove, which includes a 26,000-square-foot, 36-foot-high water play park with waterslides, interactive play features and a 750-foot-long lazy river as well as two 65-foot-tall waterslides and two 350-feet long tubular waterslides, which twist and turn underneath the park’s existing slides. Additional water features are expected to open later this year.
— Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Caledonia, Wisconsin: This campground not only offers its guests a waterzone with waterslides and interactive play features, but the opportunity to enjoy a separate aquapark next door called Bear Paw Beach, which has a large manmade lake with inflatable floating climbing structures.
— Jellystone Park in Fremont, Indiana: This campground has numerous water attractions, including four swimming pools, a multilevel water play structure with water cannons, blasters, and two big water slides.
— Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Gardiner, New York:
Water attractions at this park include swimming pools, a lazy river, and a 40,000-square-foot waterzone with two 100-foot-long waterslides, a 750-gallon hydrostorm, kiddie slides, a fort, a water cannon and other spray features.
— Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Glen Ellis, New Hampshire: This campground has a water zone with 165-foot long water slides, two kiddie water slides, 13 water blasters, two water cannons, and a 750 gallon hydrostorm bucket that periodically dumps 750 gallons of water on anyone standing beneath it. This park also has a 6,095-square-foot activity pool.
Additional water activities include tubing down the Saco River, which flows alongside the park.
— Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Kerrville, Texas: This campground has a 19,000-square-foot water play park and several water slides, that are 242-, 196- and 242- and 334-feet long. The park also has outdoor swimming pools, an indoor pool and hot tub, a sauna and a steam room.
— Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Lodi, California: This campground, which is located along the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, has a 40,000 square-foot water play zone with two 165-foot long water slides, two kiddie water slides, 13 water blasters, two water cannons, a 750-gallon hydrostorm bucket that periodically dumps 750 gallons of water on anyone standing beneath it, plus a 127,000-gallon lazy river. The park also rents various types of watercraft for use in the Delta, including standup paddleboards, kayaks and fishing boats.
— Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Luray, Virginia: This park’s water features include swimming pools, a lake with pedal boats, and a splash pad with kiddie slides, dumping buckets, spray guns and a water curtain. Thrill seekers enjoy the park’s 197-foot-long Virginia Vortex water slide with a cavernous super bowl, its 376-foot-long Luray Loop-de-Loop water slide, and its 222-foot-long multi-lane Mountain Match-Up waterslide.
— Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Mannford, Oklahoma: This park, located 18 miles west of Tulsa, recently doubled the size of its Wibit floating obstacle course, which makes it one of the largest Wibits in Oklahoma. The park also has a separate water zone with interactive features.
— Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in North Lawrence, Ohio: This park has numerous water amenities, including a 10-acre manmade swimming lake with inflatable floating climbing structures; a 7,500-square-foot water play structure complete with water slides, kiddie slides, a hydro storm, and spray cannons; a splashpad; and several 150-foot-long water slides. Kayaks and canoes are also available for use on the lake.
— Jellystone Park in Pittsfield, Illinois: This park is doubling the size of its beach as well as doubling the size and capacity of its Wibit floating obstacle course from 100 to 200 people. The park is also adding beach volleyball, a Water Wars game, and adding more water toys, including paddle boats and kayaks.
— Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Warrens, Wisconsin: This campground has numerous water features, including a swimming pond, a waterzone with interactive play features, a six-lane racer waterslide, a wave pool and a lazy river. New water amenities this year will include a swim up bar and pool cabanas.
— Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Williamsport, Maryland: This campground has a water zone with two 400-foot-long waterslides, a 3,200-square-foot interactive pool with an 8-foot raindrop and built-in seating for adults with hydrotherapy jets. The is also an interactive splash pad with a pirate ship, water cannons, a slide and water blasters. The park also has a lazy river.
— Kinney Lake Campground in Marion: This campground has added a new 1.5-acre water pond with a floating water sportspark, which is expected to open Memorial Day weekend. The new aquapark complements the campground’s fishing and swimming lake as well as its heated pool and hot tub.
— Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort in Hermitage, Tennessee:The Nashville area’s largest waterpark features Riptide Racer – a 5-story, mat racing slide, 10 thrilling waterslides, a gigantic wave pool, and Kowabunga Beach, a massive water treehouse and playground. The park also has a lazy river and a beach. The campground has 88 RV sites.
— Ocean Lakes Family Campground in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: In addition to being next to the Atlantic Ocean, this beachfront campground has its own set of water attractions. One section of the park has an Olympic-sized swimming pool with two kiddie pools. The other section, called Sandy Harbor Water Park, includes a lazy river, a splash zone interactive play structure for kids with water slides, a tube slide, a drop zone mat race 4-lane slide, and a tad pool for little kids.
— River Bend RV Resort in Watertown, Wisconsin: This campground has an 8,000-square-foot water park, two 300-foot-long waterslides, a 350-person capacity heated swimming pool, an outdoor whirlpool and a kiddie pool with a slide.
— Sugarloaf Key / Key West KOA Holiday in Holiday, Florida: This campground has a swimming pool as well as a marina with inflatable floating climbing structures. Kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and snorkeling equipment are also available for rent along with fishing equipment. This campground also has a private beach.
— Sun Outdoors Frontiertown in Berlin, Maryland: This park has numerous water features, including a resort-style swimming pool and a waterpark with five twisting, turning waterslides and interactive spray features. The park also has a splash pad mini geysers, interactive water tables, water cannons and a lazy river. The resort also borders Sinepuxent Bay and has a 75-slip marina. Jet skis and pontoon boats are available for rent.
Jeff Crider, President and CEO of Crider Public Relations, has been involved in covering the campground industry for over 25 years. Jeff has worked as a freelance writer for publications such as RV Business, Motor Home Magazine, Trailer Life, Highways and other Affinity Group Inc. publications since 1995. He has also successfully pitched many of the nation's top tier media outlets, including CNN, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Financial Times, Reuters, The Associated Press and National Public Radio. In addition to writing, Jeff is also a talented photographer and humanitarian.