New campground opens for business in Victoria (Video)


Nov. 5, 2012 at 5:05 a.m.

For Winter Texans, oil-field workers, campers and others, there's one more place to stay in Victoria.

Victoria Coleto Creek Kampgrounds of America RV park opened for business Oct. 15 at 500 Coleto Park Road.

Owned by Gail Reaser, the park offers 124 sites for visitors to the Crossroads, said Greg Dunagan, the site's general manager.

Amenities include a swimming pool, a catfish pond where guests can fish, no-leash dog park, playground, nature trail and deer feeder, Dunagan said.

"We have our own herd of about 60 deer who come out here," he said. "There's no hunting in the park. We don't want to hurt our deer friends."

Each RV site includes a full hook-up with water, electricity, sewer, satellite TV and Wi-Fi, Dunagan said. Family-style bath houses, laundry facilities and a meditation garden also join the mix.

The project got its start about two years ago, Dunagan said, although construction began in March. When possible, developers worked around trees, rather than cutting them down.

"It's easier to move sites somewhere else than it is to grow a tree," he said with a smile. "We didn't lose a single live oak, and I think there were only some mesquites lost."

This is the first part of a three-phase project. Once complete, the park will offer about 360 total sites.

The project's second phase includes lodging, a pavilion, retail store and second pool, in addition to RV sites, he said. Because phases two and three are dependent on demand, there is no specific timeline.

Reaser, in a company news release, called the new endeavor "the finest RV park in at least a 100-mile radius."

"We wanted to invest in a growing Victoria and wanted to build the best RV facility in the area," Reaser said in the release. "We started with an unlimited budget and surpassed it."

Multiple RV sites were already taken Monday morning and Dunagan said the company has received positive guest feedback. He said he hoped to see things continue down that path.

"It's a great blend of rural and close proximity to town," he said of the park. "The key is for people to come out and see it. It's hard to explain over the phone."



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