It has been a little more than two years since a series of tornadoes devastated the campground at Lake Guntersville State Park. The campground has since been renovated and is ready to serve the camping community once again. A celebration is taking place to commemorate its re-opening. The public is invited to attend the celebration on Saturday, May 18, 2013, beginning at 11 a.m. A ceremonial tree planting will kick off the celebration.

The campground has long been a favorite with campers who enjoy its location situated along the shoreline of the 69,000-acre Lake Guntersville. Once a shady haven, the April 2011 tornado toppled or severely damaged most of the trees in the area. Park officials hope that the campground’s refurbishment will make it a favorite place once again.

“The most devastating damage to the park was in the campground, specifically to the trees,” said Alabama State Parks Director Greg Lein. “We have planted more than 450 oaks and maples throughout the campground. While it may seem a little stark right now, those trees will soon fill out and I think our visitors will be pleased with the effort we’ve made to restore the campground,” he said.

Following the tree planting, several activities will take place, and all are free. For kids, there will be inflatables, animal exhibits and games. Adult visitors will enjoy looking at antique planes, listening to live music and participating in game tournaments. At nightfall, a movie will be shown.

As part of the re-opening, the nightly rates on all campsites have been lowered beginning May 3. The new rates are as follows: water, electricity and sewer – $19; water and electricity – $17; and primitive – $10. To coincide with the celebration, a “Two for Two” camping special is being offered. Campers who book May 17 and 18 in advance will receive May 19 and 20 for free. Call 256-571-5455 to book a campsite.

Logo courtesy Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

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