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Award-Winning Quilly’s Big Fish RV Park Expands to 100 Sites

Quilly’s Big Fish RV Park in Rockport, recently honored with the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO) Park of the Year Award, is expanding its capacity from 50 to 100 sites.

Katie McLeod, owner of Quilly’s Big Fish RV Park, spent eight years traveling the world before returning to the U.S. in 2021. Inspired by her father’s suggestion to enter the campground business, she purchased the Rockport-based park in December 2021.

“I’ve always liked people. I’ve camped my whole life, doing both tent camping and RVing with my parents,” McLeod said in a press release.

McLeod succeeded in managing and enhancing the park. Her dedication led to her winning the TACO award in the small and medium-sized park category, which considered consumer reviews, employee training, accreditations, certifications, and community involvement.

Quilly’s Big Fish RV Park, established 15 years ago, was in good condition when McLeod acquired it. The previous owners had created large retention ponds stocked with bass, catfish, and perch. “The previous owners had done a really good job of making it beautiful,” she said.

McLeod, along with her husband, Leo Venancio, an architect she met in China, has since made significant improvements. Recent enhancements include a new clubhouse, pool, and bathhouse with private family-style bathrooms. 

The park’s expansion to 100 sites is scheduled for completion by August, emphasizing preserving as many trees as possible. Additionally, McLeod hired an activities director last year to organize onsite events, such as fishing competitions, outdoor games, and pool parties.

To enhance her knowledge of campground operations, McLeod attended The George O’Leary National School of Outdoor Hospitality on a scholarship in February. 

“Going to that campground school was one of the most magical experiences of my life. They tell you the basics, even how to do your accounting on Quickbooks and how to design activities for your park,” she said.

Inspired by the O’Leary school, McLeod launched several green initiatives at her park, including a recycling program in partnership with the Girl Scouts. Due to the lack of recycling pickup services in Rockport, she purchased containers. She initiated her recycling efforts, donating collected bottles and cans to the Girl Scouts to support their youth programs.

The activities director also organized a poker run event at the park, with proceeds donated to the Humane Society of Rockport-Fulton. McLeod remains active with TACO and the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce.

These efforts have yielded positive results, with the park consistently fully booked and guests expressing high satisfaction. McLeod noted a significant number of rebookings and extended stays.

Katie McLeod’s success with Quilly’s Big Fish RV Park offers valuable insights to future campground operators or RV park owners. Upgrading campsites with amenities, such as a new clubhouse, pool, and family-style bathhouse, highlights the importance of enhancing guest experiences to attract a repeat customer base.

To learn more about Clear Quilly’s Big Fish RV Park, visit quillysrvparks.com.

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Luvcore771
Luvcore771
May 15, 2024 6:05 pm

I gotta say, Quilly’s Big Fish RV Park hitting the milestone of 100 sites is a game-changer! Their top-notch services and commitment to nature make it a standout spot for an unforgettable outdoor adventure. Trust me, you won’t find an experience like this at just any RV park!

JadeK9Lvr-47
JadeK9Lvr-47
May 16, 2024 3:48 am
Reply to  Luvcore771

Totally get what you mean about Quilly’s, it’s a gem. By the way, any tips for making the most of the new expansion?

Jessica Jones
Jessica Jones
May 15, 2024 6:48 pm

Quilly’s Big Fish RV Park in Rockport is like a hidden gem where you can unwind and have a blast surrounded by nature. Now with 100 sites, you can soak in the peaceful vibes, explore the lush grounds, and join in on all the fun activities – it’s a paradise!

Nolan Creek
Nolan Creek
May 16, 2024 12:06 am
Reply to  Jessica Jones

You’ll love the new amenities at Quilly’s Big Fish RV Park, like upgraded hook-ups for convenience and enhanced Wi-Fi coverage. The expanded sites offer more space and privacy. Would you like to hear more about the exciting activities available?

xander_xerox
xander_xerox
May 17, 2024 7:31 am
Reply to  Nolan Creek

You’ll love the upgraded hook-ups and enhanced Wi-Fi at Quilly’s Big Fish RV Park. Explore all the exciting activities available. you’ll have a blast! The park’s expansion is truly impressive.

StrideRover85
StrideRover85
May 15, 2024 7:51 pm
Reply to  Jessica Jones

Sounds like a slice of heaven! Thanks for sharing. It’s the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the great outdoors.

Lisa Rivera
Lisa Rivera
May 16, 2024 12:13 am
Reply to  StrideRover85

Thanks for your kind words! Chilling near a cozy campfire or fishing at the lake are awesome ways to unwind. Nature’s remedy! 🌲

Kyla Moon
Kyla Moon
May 15, 2024 9:39 pm

Quilly’s Big Fish RV Park’s expansion to 100 sites is just fantastic! The new amenities and fun activities make it a top-notch destination for campers. What do you think?

h3ll0W0r1d_8u
h3ll0W0r1d_8u
May 15, 2024 10:07 pm

I’m a bit worried about how the lack of recycling pickup might affect McLeod’s eco-efforts at Quilly’s Big Fish RV Park. Let’s brainstorm alternative solutions to keep the sustainability vibe alive!

Amy Foster
Amy Foster
May 16, 2024 7:34 am

Isn’t it cool that Quilly’s Big Fish RV Park’s going all-out for eco-friendliness? Themed weekends, solar panels, and workshops make for an awesome stay. What more could you ask for?

Jonah Storm
Jonah Storm
May 16, 2024 11:53 am

Quilly’s Big Fish RV Park sounds like a dream! Guided nature hikes, farm-to-table dining – what a fantastic way to enjoy the great outdoors and good food! 🌿

Jaxo2G4L3v_2v
Jaxo2G4L3v_2v
May 16, 2024 12:57 pm

Did you hear about the awesome stuff happening at Quilly’s Big Fish RV Park? They’re about to unveil a new nature trail, perfect for exploring the beautiful surroundings. And get this – there’s a stargazing event coming up that’s bound to be out of this world! Sounds like a blast!

Sarah Bell
Sarah Bell
May 16, 2024 3:31 pm

Isn’t it cool how Quilly’s Big Fish RV Park is growing and making positive changes? McLeod’s focus on community and sustainability is impressive. Partnering with the Girl Scouts for recycling initiatives shows they care about the environment. It’s a great way to build connections with guests and the community!

Ryan Powell
Ryan Powell
May 16, 2024 7:10 pm

Can you believe it? Quilly’s Big Fish RV Park isn’t just about recycling – they’ve upgraded with eco-friendly lighting and water fixtures, stepping up their sustainability game. It truly enhances the whole camping experience, making you feel good about being there.

UptonLeaf
UptonLeaf
May 17, 2024 12:43 am

I’m super excited to tell you about Quilly’s Big Fish RV Park where nature lovers can relax and fish in a beautiful setting. It’s a gem for outdoor enthusiasts!

rachelray
rachelray
May 17, 2024 7:24 am

I’m thrilled to tell you that Quilly’s Big Fish RV Park now offers nature walks and an educational program for kids. It’s awesome to see them focus on nature and education!

CineClipper-47
CineClipper-47
May 17, 2024 8:16 am

Isn’t it cool how Quilly’s Big Fish RV Park, run by McLeod, snagged the TACO award and went the extra mile with new facilities and eco-friendly vibes? I reckon it’s become the top pick for nature buffs after all those upgrades and green initiatives that enhance the whole experience.

HeartCare132
HeartCare132
May 17, 2024 8:28 am

Isn’t it amazing how the owner’s commitment to sustainability shines at Quilly’s Big Fish RV Park? I love how they balance nature preservation with top-notch amenities for us campers!

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