Camping Opportunities in National Forests & Grasslands

As summer camping season approaches many families will rely on for camping opportunities in national forests and grasslands.

Mendenhall Glacier from the campground in Tongass National Forest, Alaska (Source:

Old man winter may have made a late arrival in your area but summer and the family camping season is just around the corner.

Camping is a good way for families to reconnect, to help strengthen family bonds, and counter the stressful effects of a busy lifestyle.

Many national forest campgrounds were designed, developed, and are managed for families, making them outstanding and affordable family vacation destinations.

Each year more families are discovering great family vacation destinations in national forest and grassland campgrounds. Whether camping with pre-school or older children, there are Forest Service campgrounds that will fit the family.

Using, with more than 2,400 developed campgrounds in 175 national forests and grasslands scattered across the country in 44 states, families can be assured they’ll find a Forest Service campground with what they want to see, do, and enjoy.

Canoes at Sawbill Campground in Superior National Forest, Minnesota (Source:

Whether close to home or for a cross-country trip, provides families—new or experienced campers—a source to locate an affordable camping experience.

Several examples follow:

Mendenhall Campground in Tongass National Forest, Alaska – Full hookups, a Visitor Center that is outstanding, fishing, hiking, hot showers, and a glacier right there. And it’s Alaska, the Land of the Midnight Sun, an ultimate family camping adventure destination. Details here>

Sawbill Campground in Superior National Forest, Minnesota – Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) is just steps from every campsite. The adjacent outfitter has everything needed for a memorable one day or week long canoe trip into the BWCAC including canoes and guide. Imagine listening to loon calls while eating pancakes stuffed with fresh picked blueberries. Details here>

Glacier View Campground in Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho – One of 37 developed campgrounds in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. Centrally located, it is convenient to the breathtaking Sawtooth Wilderness with fabulous hiking trails, Redfish Lake with Rainbow, Brook, and Mackinaw trout, historic Redfish Lake Lodge offering a boat shuttle to Sawtooth Wilderness, trail rides, and a cook’s night out, and interpretive programs throughout the summer. Details here>

Lake Powhatan Campground in Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina– Full hookups, modern bathroom facilities, beach and swim area, fishing, hiking

Redfish Lake near Glacier View Campground in Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho (Source:

, educational programs, and convenient to a number of attraction such as Cradle of Forestry Visitor Center, Blue Ridge Parkway and the Biltmore Estate, this campground has been popular with families for decades. Details here>

Details, the U.S. National Forest Campground Guide website, is a complete and comprehensive guide to developed campgrounds in national forests and grasslands.

It provides detailed information to campers looking to experience the great outdoors.

In addition to managing a website, Fred and Suzi Dow also self-publish Ebook CDs and downloads of eleven U.S. National Forest Campground Guides, which can be purchased online at their website.

Fred and Suzi Dow, authors and publishers of, have devoted 17 years to visiting, personally researching, and providing the public with free, detailed information about 175 national forests and grasslands and more than 2,400 personally surveyed campgrounds.


Worth Pondering…

Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.

—John Muir

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Thetford Introduces Eco-Smart Free & Clear

Ann Arbor, Michigan-based Thetford Corporation, a leader in sanitation chemistry, introduces Eco-Smart Free & Clear, a new holding tank deodorant.

The newest member of the Eco-Smart family was developed by Thetford’s chemistry staff for those sensitive to dye and perfumes. It’s named Free & Clear because it is free of fragrance and dye.

Eco-Smart holding tank additive products are Certified-Green and Environmentally Friendly.

Like the other two Eco-Smart formulations, Free & Clear provides excellent odor control and waste digestion, formaldehyde-free, is 100 percent biodegradable and non-toxic, and available in liquid or toss-ins.

It is offered in 36- and 64-ounce bottles with an easy-to-use, integrated dosage device.

Designed specifically for RV holding tanks, this strong formula ensures year-round odor control.

Available in a convenient, easy-to-use liquid, this product gives RV owners maximum performance with minimum effort, the company said in a news release.

Finding a Dump Station

RV owners periodically find themselves needing to locate an RV dump station.

This may be a result of dry camping with no sewer service or dump station available, spending the night at Wal-Mart or a truck stop or the weekend at a public recreation area without dumping facilities, or trying to get on the road quickly without taking the time to use the campground dump station.

The internet has been a great place to find listings of dump stations and there are several sites, but like much information on the net, many such lists become outdated, are incomplete, or lack relevant information.

If you need to locate a dump station while on the road, the following article may be of assistance: How to Locate a Dump Station?


Thetford Corporation

Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Thetford is a supplier of sanitation and refrigeration products for the RV, marine, and heavy-duty truck industries.

As the world’s leading manufacturer of mobile sanitation products for the RV, marine, camping, and truck markets, Thetford Corporation makes mobile living a more pleasant experience.

Thetford products include complete lineups of:

  • Lightweight, low-water-use toilets permanently mounted in RVs, boats, or trucks
  • Hand-carried, fresh-water-flush, self-contained portable toilets which have a multitude of uses
  • Specially-formulated waste holding tank deodorants and treatments used with these toilets
  • Innovative, multi-capacity tote tanks
  • Other products that make mobile living more convenient, quicker, cleaner, and easier

Thetford is a privately-held company with eight manufacturing facilities in four nations.

Thetford subsidiaries include:

  • Norcold, America’s leading manufacturer of gas-absorption refrigerators and freezers for the RV, marine and truck markets
  • Tecma, a producer of fine-china toilets and powerful waste-transfer systems based in Italy
  • Thetford UK, a unit in England that manufactures Spinflo brand high-quality cooking and heating appliances and accessories

Location: 7101 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1285, Ann Arbor, MI 48106

Phone: (734) 769-6000 or (800) 543-1219 (toll free)


Worth Pondering…

Thank God! there is always a Land of Beyond
For us who are true to the trail;
A vision to seek, a beckoning peak,
A farness that never will fail;
A pride in our soul that mocks at a goal,
A manhood that irks at a bond,
And try how we will, unattainable still,
Behold it, our Land of Beyond!
— Robert Service, The Land of Beyond (Last Verse)

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