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Efforts Underway To Restore Electrical Hook-Ups At Yellowstone's Fishing Bridge RV Park

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Date: June 28, 2010
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2013

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
     
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 28, 2010                 10-053        
Al Nash (307) 344-2015

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE
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Efforts Underway To Restore Electrical Hook-Ups At Yellowstone’s Fishing Bridge RV Park


Efforts are underway to restore electrical service to sites at Yellowstone’s only RV park.

The infrastructure at the Fishing Bridge RV Park was designed and built in the 1960s, before RVs were in widespread use, when travel trailers were smaller, and when campers’ electrical needs were limited to lights and heat.

After the RV park closed for the season last fall, an assessment revealed that the electrical service had exceeded its useful life and in some locations had deteriorated to a point where the continued use of electrical hook-ups would pose an unacceptable risk to visitors. The decision was made this winter to stop providing electrical hook-ups for trailers and RV’s until upgrades could be made.

Planning, compliance and design efforts are underway on a project to restore electrical service to all the sites in the RV park. Work to install new electrical service to the first 100 sites is anticipated to begin later this year. It is not known when the first sites with restored electrical service will be available for reservation and use. The goal is to upgrade the electrical service in all 346 sites in the RV park in time for the start of the 2012 season.

Individuals making reservations for the Fishing Bridge RV Park this year are being advised to reserve a site which will allow a generator if they desire electrical service. To minimize the noise impact of generators, some sites will not allow generators and the RV park has established a policy which prohibits the use of generators between 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.

The Fishing Bridge RV Park is one of five campgrounds in Yellowstone operated by Xanterra Parks & Resorts under a concession contract with the National Park Service. It is the only campground in the park with hook-ups, and only hard-sided vehicles are allowed there. All sites are available by advance reservation.

More information on campgrounds and campground reservations inside Yellowstone National Park is available online at http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/camping-in-yellowstone.htm.

Information on campgrounds and RV parks outside the park can be found at http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/campgrounds-outside-yellowstone.htm.

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Did You Know?

Fire in Yellowstone Pineland in 1988

The 1988 fires affected 793,880 acres or 36 percent of the park. Five fires burned into the park that year from adjacent public lands. The largest, the North Fork Fire, started from a discarded cigarette. It burned more than 410,000 acres.