Lawrence Campground is First in Kansas to Join Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts

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After ten years of investing and working on their RV campground, owners Ralph and Kim Newell join the nationwide family campground franchise Jellystone Parks; making their Lawrence campground the first Jellystone Park in Kansas.

Family RV Camping with Yogi Bear and Friends at Jellystone Parks

Where You Camp With Friends.

When Ralph Newell and his wife, Kim, bought their 85-site campground 10 years ago, they knew they had their work cut out for them.

The park, located at 1473 N. 1800 Road / Highway 40, was in “tough shape.” But after investing $750,000 in improvements, the Newell’s have transformed their campground in Kansas into a popular family friendly destination, complete with fun, family activities with everything from daily tie dye T-shirt crafts and ice cream socials to flashlight candy hunts, hayrides and outdoor movies.

And the Newells’ efforts to create a family friendly destination don’t stop there. On July 1st, their park will become the first campground in Kansas to join the Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts chain.

“We think this is the right move for us,” Ralph Newell said. “Jellystone Parks are well known for their family friendly activities, and we believe our park will be a nice addition to the Jellystone Park chain.”

Indeed, Jellystone Parks are known for having unique activities and special themed weekends, which is something the Newells have done at their Lawrence, Kansas campground for years. This year, in fact, the Newells have planned nearly 30 themed weekends, including a “Death by Chocolate” and Murder Mystery weeks as well as a 50s week and a Christmas in July celebration with campsite decorating contests, free cookies and free admission to children under 16.

The park also operates a corn maze in the fall and this year will have its first pumpkin patch in advance of Halloween.

“Anybody can provide a place to stay overnight - What we want to do is get that customer to want to come back again and again.”

About Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts
Launched in 1969, the Jellystone Park system is the second largest chain of family campgrounds in the United States, boasting 75 campgrounds with more than 15,000 campsites in 28 states and Canada. 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. For more information, visit

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