People in Gothenburg were left wondering what would happen to the Blue Heron after Barry and Gwen McDiarmid retired. The beloved couple had been operating the campground and gas station for decades. The campground is now operational under new management. The hope is that the gas station will soon be operational as well, a report said.
Larry Paulsen bought the entire property in April and opened the campground in time for the 4th of July weekend. Steve Reeves, the campground manager, said that plans for a gas station are still in the works.
Reeves stated that he had some time during the summers and began working at the campground for Barry and Gwen, and this lasted about ten years. “Barry managed the business and infrastructure, while I was responsible for maintenance and groundskeeping.”
Reeves stated that it is a job that he enjoys. He explained that some people enjoy the atmosphere of the river and all the trees. He said that the vast majority of people he’s met recognize there is lots of potential here.
The campground was originally a KOA site that had a swimming pool over many years. Reeves stated that the pool has been empty for some time and that he doesn’t know if it will be opened again. “It is difficult to maintain, especially considering all the cotton that grows here.”
He said that Larry would weigh the pros and cons of each option and then make a decision.
The campground will be open from March to November, weather permitting. “Over the years, there have been hunting parties that have made it to the campground in the fall. They enjoy it.” Reeves said that the weather would play a major role.
Although he couldn’t predict when or how the gas station might reopen, he did confirm that rumors were being circulated around the town. He laughed and said, “I can tell you that at the moment there is no Casey’s going into.” “I have heard that one. Larry will undoubtedly decide what he wants, but I hope it is in some way or another to be open to the possibilities in the future.”
There are currently 39 campsites in the campground, 17 of them with full hookups. Three “glamping” cottages can be found that sleep four and have water and electricity. Each cabin has a natural aesthetic, and each one also features a front porch swing as well as nearby picnic tables.
Reeves said the easiest way to reserve a site is through the website at blueheroncampsite.com. They can choose their amperage, site length, hookups, and pick their favorite campsite. He explained that it’s almost like ordering from the menu of what is available.
The campground can be reached at 308-746 8020.