Baycrest RV Park is now a Kampgrounds of America facility, KOA announced in press release earlier this month. Owned by Shelly and Jeff Erickson, the park is now known as Homer/Baycrest KOA Holiday.
The Ericksons bought Baycrest RV Park in March 2016 after buying the Home Run Short Stop Tesoro gas station next door on Baycrest Hill in 2015. The family also owns Homer Tours and Home Run Oil.
“We weren’t RVers, but we knew we could make it a beautiful park,” Shelly Erickson said in the press release.
The Ericksons put in repairs to the campground and by 2017 had increased its business enough that they caught the attention of KOA, the press release said.
“I didn’t even know what KOA was,” Shelly Erickson said in the release. “But we met with them and saw that they had the ability to help us get to the next step. We’d done well on our own, but they could help us plan for additional improvements, expansion and assist us with online reservations. We decided to become a part of it.”
The Ericksons worked with KOA to make Baycrest RV Park become a KOA Holiday, one of three KOA brands created to help campers select the right campground for their camping needs. KOA Holidays are base camps for exploring the area or just a fun place to stay with lots of activities. Each KOA Holiday features full-service RV Sites with a KOA Patio and KOA Deluxe Cabins with full bathrooms.
“We’ve been making a lot of upgrades, including new electrical, adding in a dog park and more accommodations,” Shelly Erickson said in the release. “Great food is also available right next door — and we deliver it to the campground if people want something. We always tell people to check out our Facebook page to see all of the things we’re doing and the delicious food we have available.”
In addition to tent, motorhome and trailer camping sites, guests can enjoy a stay in a deluxe cabin or a yurt that features a queen-size bed.
“While we’re always going to keep a focus on RVers, we’re really working to make it a beautiful place for anyone to stay and have great plans for the future,” Erickson said. “People are coming to stay with us overnight, going out to explore Alaska, and then returning to be with us for a few more weeks.”
The Homer/Baycrest KOA Holiday is one of 500 open-to-the-public KOA campgrounds in the U.S. and Canada. Other brands in the KOA Family of Campgrounds include KOA Journeys, convenient locations after a long day on the road that feature long pull-through RV sites and easy after-hours check in; and KOA Resorts, which include activities led by recreation staff, on-site food service, group meeting space and more.
Located at 3425 Sterling Highway, the Homer/Baycrest KOA Holiday is open May 15 through Sept. 15. For more information, visit www.koa.com or call 907-435-7995.
Reservations are available online, using the KOA app, or by calling 800-562-9949.