Launched in 1969, the Jellystone Park™ system is the second largest chain of campgrounds in the United States, boasting 80 campgrounds with more than 17,000 campsites and vacation rentals in 31 states and four Canadian provinces. Its Camp-Resorts are among the best campgrounds in the industry with a quality reputation for being fun, friendly, clean and service-oriented parks. Additionally, each Jellystone Park™ is themed with Yogi Bear™ elements providing instant recognition and consumer appeal. It is truly a place “Where You Camp With Friends.”®Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts are franchised through Leisure Systems, Inc. (LSI), a wholly owned subsidiary of The Park River Corporation, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Dozens of families from the Northeastern U.S. and Canada plan to gather at Jellystone Park over Memorial Day weekend as park owners Mike and Gina Lenhard celebrate 25 years in the campground business, including 20 as a Jellystone Park. “We’re looking forward to having a wonderful celebration with families who have been camping with us for many years,” said Gina Lenhard.
The floods that roared through Robert last August were the worst Maurice LeBlanc Jr. and his wife, Me-Me, had ever seen at their 374-site Jellystone Park campground, which has survived numerous Hurricanes over the years, including Katrina, Gustav, Lee and Isaac. “We had water in 84 of 85 cabins,” Maurice LeBlanc said.
Jellystone Parks in Canada are offering a special advance reservation promotion in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. For each advance reservation made for a stay during the month of June, the camping guest will have their name entered into a drawing for a chance to win up to a week of free RV or cabin camping at any Jellystone Park™ in Canada.
The Tyler campground has also installed basketball, sand volleyball and pickleball courts 05.11.2017TYLER, Texas, May 11, 2017 — Families heading to the Jellystone Park at Whispering Pines are finding an even greater selection of outdoor activities this year with the park’s addition of new basketball, volleyball and pickleball courts.“We are constantly making improvements,” said Jellystone […]
There are lots of improvements this year at the Jellystone Park at Coyote Ranch, including a new new laser tag field, a 10-car barrel train and a shaded pavilion by the park’s splash pad — a perfect spot to watch the kids enjoying the interactive water features. The park is also adding an escape room, which it hopes to have ready for use by late June. “This is going to be a neat attraction,” said park manager Debbie Norton. “Players will first watch a video to give them instructions and then they will go through a series of clues and puzzles to work their way out of the room.”
The excitement is building across the Carolinas as the Jellystone Park in Tabor City prepares to open a 10,000 square foot interactive water play structure. “We’re working to get it installed as soon as possible,” said park manager Rebecca Murphy, adding that Jellystone Park reservations are running ahead of last year’s figures. The 20-foot-tall AquaPlay structure features water cannons, water slides and buckets that fill up and dump water on children playing below.
Moms will be treated like queens at Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts on Mother’s Day weekend. “Most of our franchisees have special Mother’s Day activities planned, including mother-child lookalike contests, Mother’s Day crafts and complimentary breakfasts,” said Michele Wisher, vice president of marketing for Leisure Systems, Inc. Moms who camp over Mother’s Day weekend also receive a notepad with a cover that says “Jellystone Park Mom’s To Do List,” which is to relax, have fun and enjoy the outdoors.
Increasing occupancies are prompting the Jellystone Park at Lake Monroe to add 18 more RV sites and invest in numerous other improvements in preparation for camping season, which kicks off tomorrow, Friday. “Interest has really spiked over the past couple of years so we know the demand is there for more campsites,” said Rachael Stine, the park’s general manager, adding that eight of the new campsites will be available by Memorial Day with the remainder available by Father’s Day.
Improvements are continuing at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Keystone Lake, which will debut two 100-foot long water slides and two swimming pools when the park opens Memorial Day weekend. “The swimming pools and water slides will complement the Wibit, our massive floating aqua park playground developed in Germany that includes climbing structures, obstacle courses, slides and floating trampolines,” said Beth Ryan, who is managing the park with her husband, Bob; sons, Ben and Steven; and Steven’s wife, Courtiney.
The North Texas Jellystone Park is adding 100 luxury RV sites, 20 two-bedroom cabins and two 60-foot tall, 350-foot long inflatable waterslides, all of which should be in place before Father’s Day. “We’re continuing to grow,” said Steve Stafford, general manager of the North Texas Jellystone Park, which will have a total of 262 RV sites and 117 cabins when the improvements are completed.
Year-to-date revenues were up 25 percent at Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts across the U.S. and Canada during the first quarter, compared to the same period last year, according to the company that franchises the family friendly camping resorts. “The growth is fueled by the addition of six locations to the franchise in 2016, plus the expansion of several existing locations for this season. In fact, same park sales were up 19 percent during the first quarter,” said Jim Westover, vice president of operations for Leisure Systems, Inc.
ELS Owns Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts in Amboy, IL and Fremont, WI 04.20.2017Equity LifesStyle Properties Inc., a Chicago-based real-estate investment trust, announced its results April 17 for the first fiscal quarter, which ended March 31. The company’s total revenues increased $12.3 million, or 5.6%, to $232.4 million, compared to $220.1 million for the same period in […]
Custom designed tiny house RVs will be available for rent this summer and fall at Jellystone Parks in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. “We’re trying something new,” said Zachary Bossenbroek, CEO of Northgate Resorts, a privately held Grand Rapids company that owns eight Jellystone Parks, mostly in the eastern half of the country, adding, “We think consumers are going to love these units.” The tiny house RVs, which sleep four to five and include kitchens and bathrooms, are styled by Kansas City designer Kristen Rieke in the themes of the bears with a Yogi Bear™ Suite, a Boo Boo™ Bear Suite and a Cindy Bear™ Suite.
Families that visit the Jellystone Park in Kerrville this spring and summer will see lots of improvements, including new and remodeled cabins, a Cartoon Cafe and a new water zone that’s expected to open before Memorial Day weekend. “This is going to be an amazing resort,” said Zachary Bossenbroek, CEO Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Northgate Resorts, which acquired the Kerrville resort in late 2015 and converted it into a Jellystone Park last year.
Major improvements are underway this spring at the campground at Tower Park Resort & Marina, which is being dramatically transformed into the San Joaquin Valley’s first Jellystone Park. “We just installed five new cabins with two more on the way,” said Charlene Chessum, the park’s assistant general manager, adding that 20 Delta Deluxe cabins with lofts will be installed in time for Father’s Day weekend.
Kristin Rieke of Rak’Designs will design three tiny house RVs, which will be available for rent this summer at Jellystone Parks in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia 02.16.2017KANSAS CITY, Feb. 14, 2017 — Kristin Rieke normally works as a residential interior designer for custom homes in the greater Kansas City area.But this spring, Rieke […]
Brent Fannin – Delaware Beaches
2011 was our first year as a Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™. We saw record occupancy levels with increases of more than 35% year over year! The addition of nine cabins to our park yielded occupancy levels well over 90% each weekend! The conversion to a Jellystone Park™ did exactly what we expected – it grew our business.
Erv & Marilyn Banes – Frankenmuth, MI
We decided to convert to the Jellystone Park™ system in 1996 because the market conditions were changing. Several of our colleagues had converted and grown in the process. We found that by changing our customer base to families, rather than seniors, we expanded.
The advantage of a Jellystone Park™ is that it is so much more alive than the average park. Plu…
Rick Spear – Estes Park, COWe’ve been in the Jellystone franchise system for 20 years this year. It was a family endeavor to begin with, but over those 20 years we’ve seen significant growth of our campground. In particular, just the last three years in a row we’ve been up double digits, 10-11% points three years in a row. We’ve really been coming on strong, and continue to see good grow…
Roger & Anna Barry – Fremont, IN
When we joined the Jellystone Park™ system in 1980, we were a small operation without a plan. What we have learned through the years from LSI and our fellow Yogi Bear™ owners and operators has been extremely valuable. We now have over 500 sites, RV Sales, waterslides, and a seven family member team of owners and operating managers. We couldn’t have done it w…
Bill Pott – Cave City, KYI really like the way it brings me a nice class of customers. I get happy families. I get people who want to come and to spend money to have fun. They enjoy our park. It’s just wonderful they way they come in, and you get so many that want to meet the other guests, they want to go have fun on the Jumping Pillow, then they want to go to the Splash Pad – and they want …
Joey Coleman & Rick Coleman – Tabor City, NC
In 2001, we began a unique challenge to build a campground on our family farm 35 miles inland from Myrtle Beach. People responded to our design of large concrete pads, full hook-ups, plenty of open space, and ultimate customer service. But we soon had “growing pains” with procedures and operations.
In 2003, we joined Jellystone Park™. The operations…
Theresa Isaacson – Caledonia, WI
We’re going to be entering our 13th season, and I sure would hate to own a property without being Yogi branded. The reason we really like Jellystone Parks is because of the support behind us. With 80 other parks in the system, we have 80 sources of question-and-answer type people to go to. The support is wonderful. The franchise, the LSI system itself – their …
Chip Smith – Monticello, IAWe got into the Jellystone brand at the beginning of last year. This is the end of our first season. We are pretty excited about it. What I like most about the brand is the fact that they are drawing in families from three hours away. They all know what we’re there for, and they’re willing to spend a longer time at our park than just the weekend. The investme…
Denny Quigley & Tami Alessio – Harrisville, PA2011 was our first year as a Jellystone Park™. Since then, we have definitely noticed that we are attracting a lot more guests from a much larger radius that extends nationwide. And we are seeing more guests from Canada. Over this three year time period, our store sales have increased almost 45%! The increased business also helped to allow us to do…
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Where: Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in Burleson, TX (near Dallas/Ft. Worth)
When: September 16 & 17, 2017
Cost: $350/couple which includes 2 nights in a Premium Luxury Cottage Cabin and lunch.
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