In late April, West Forty RV Park and Campground (Minnesota) officially opened its gates for its 18th season and concluded the two-year ownership transition.
As per a report, this 2022-2023 camping season, West Forty will add new campsites, a new restroom and shower building, electric vehicle charging, and expanded overflow parking to serve guests better.
The campground was established and was opened by long-time Gilbert resident Leo Skrbec in 2004 to offer area camping capacity in conjunction with the opening of the Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area.
The ownership transition to sons Ron and Paul began in the summer of 2020.
“As a family, we’ve worked hard over the past two years to transition from one generation to the next in a way that protects our outstanding customer experience while also setting up the campground for future success and continued growth in Gilbert,” said Paul Skrbec, president and managing partner of West Forty RV Park and Campground.
“With seven competing campgrounds within a 30- mile radius of Gilbert, we believe our privately-owned campground offers something unique that municipal campgrounds just aren’t able to provide.”
Paul Skrbec brings more than 20 years of industry experience as a foundation for operating the campground.
West Forty launched a new website that includes an online reservation system in September of 2020. created a five-year growth strategy for the campground, secured funds for expansion, changed the ownership structures, redesigned its logo, branding, and social media presence, and increased its revenue by over 60% in 2021.
Last year, West Forty RV Park and Campground had 871 individual campsite check-ins with an average of 2.4 campers per site or 1,742 total guests for the season.
Iron Range Tourism Bureau recent economic impact numbers indicate each visitor to the area spent an average of $144 per day with an average stay of three days for an estimated regional tourism impact of $752,544 per year to Gilbert and the surrounding community businesses.