Camp Flood 2017

$6,833 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 55 people in 15 months
Greetings to all our loyal campers and LGBTQ family from coast to coast
and internationally.

HELP.  Update - with the receipts all in, the totalling for the FLOOD repairs has amounted to $25,000.   We really are asking for assistance with this from our community. This set back will definitely alter any future plans for the primary campground without assistance.  The 'flood relief' that was proposed by the government is meerly a low interest loan that we can tack on to pay for this at this time.  However, with this overhead we do not expect to have any major projects going on till it is completely paid off.

The Historic floods at the end of April had caused extensive flooding and damage to Cactus Canyon Campground and Resort LLC.

Over the past 20 years we have had to contend with White Supremacists and Conservative Christians trying to intimidate us and our campers and force us to close our campground. We have always stood tall and tightened our belts and put off our own needs and desires for the benefit of our campground community. The unique environment we have been able to build; a place where all our LGBTQ friends have been able to come and openly celebrate our partners and relationships without the judgmental interference from others is truly a gay utopia and something that has developed over time to become the largest gay campground in America.

The flooding couldn't had come at a worse time: newly open for the season and occurring for our first big weekend event, we are nevertheless counting our blessings. No one was injured. Everyone pulled together and took care of each other, everyone was upgraded to dry accommodations out of the flood plain, campers were all fed and stays extended till we were able to evacuate them safely days later. The damage to the physical campground was staggering, especially around the pool area and a shower house/bathroom facility. The roadway system through the campground had been basically eradicated, bridges were still in place but needed to be repaired and the roads graded to be made passable; truckloads of gravel had to be brought in to fill ruts made by the rushing water, gravel needed to be removed from the bed of Planar creek to allow water to pass under bridges and not overflow the banks so quickly for the future.  After 37 days of contracted work occurring at the Canyon, The CANYON is BACK!!

With the work now completed, the campground is up and running to full compacity. With the help of work parties, friends and neighbors and expecially campers the campground has again come to be the great place it once was before the flood.

 While we are able to keep our hopes up, and "today is another great day in the Ozarks" the reality of the situation was very overwhelming; but with this in the past we are left with the huge debt.

We are aware of people planning fund-raising events on our behalf in the coming weeks and we will announce them as we become aware of them. In the meantime you can become a "Lifetime Member" of a donation of $100 or- greater, but any amount will be accepted is greatly appreciated.  Please call us to make your donation. 

We are reaching out to both coasts East and West and encourage you to help spread the news that your Gay family in the Midwest needs your help and support at this trying time.  If you can make a donation that would be very welcome, if you can, come on out and join us this summer would definitely help us out as well.

We will survive but could use everybody’s help.... we send all our love to those who can help.

Donations can be sent to:
Cactus Canyon Campground
P.O. Box 266 Ava, MO 65608
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Pool is cleaned and filled now to get a new pump and filter that were destroyed in the flood. Plus found that the wood splitter equipment was in the flood and has to be repaired and or replaced. ARGH@!
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We have another work weekend planned this Saturday at 9am. Work to still be done, finish the pool - clean it out from all the mud/gravel in it, then finish the shower house construction. The shower house is now powerwashed out and ready but the entrance to it needs the construction to be finished.

The contractor is still here back hoeing out the creek and taking the gravel to the spots so desperately needed. He will be here a few more weeks with back hoe and then the hauling of chat to start to top dress the roads will begin after the holiday.

The well has been repaired, the pool equipment needs to be replaced at this time to finish up the pool and it will be ready and on time for the opening of the season. That is the update.. Funds are still needed, if you can help out please do so.. this has been a very costly flood to the Canyon and any community help would be greatly appreciated.
You can make your donation directly to the Canyon by check/money order to P.O. Box 266, Ava, Missouri 65608 and avoid the nearly 8% charges of gofundme. or phone us at the Canyon to do a credit card donation.
We thank you very much for your help - donations.

Chaz
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We had a rebuild party on Saturday, 5/6/17. We were able to rebuild the pool back to normal and opening is on target. We were able to get the shower house close to the pool in a state of repair. Roof is supported and deck removed. All the sludge has been removed and now needs a good power washing. The roads continue to be work on and the creek continues to be cleaned out of gravel and debris. A work party of about 18 people were able to knock out a bunch of things and have fun at it. We were able to get together with for a wonderful Catfish lunch with the fixins and a great fried chicken dinner.

We are scheduling another party on Saturday the 13th at 9am. If you can make it please let us know. Where we continue with the construction around the shower house and further do clean up in the campground. If you can not make it on Saturday and can make it another day, please do so.. just let us know you are arriving.
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Michael Pippin
15 months ago

This breaks my heart too hear this.. I was never fortunate too able too go camp there. I so wanted this cactus canyon too always be there for us together an enjoy nature an friendships made. I will try an donate very soon i hope.... Ive seen pictures an its a beautiful campground. God bless you an your goals you have set an the funding needed...

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Donna J. Phelps-Egge
15 months ago

SOOOOOOO SORRY! Your campground is so beautiful! When G.C. and I see you, we will hand you some money! ((((((((HUGS))))))))

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$6,833 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 55 people in 15 months
Created May 4, 2017
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VW
$100
Vern Warner
15 months ago

Hope to see you soon!

JL
$100
Jim Lane
15 months ago

Always enjoy my time there, See you guys soon.

KS
$100
Kody Stockton
15 months ago

My husband already donated, but I wanted to add my contribution too!

ES
$100
Eric Stockton
15 months ago

We will be there Memorial Day and 4th of July. If we can do anything to help, we will!

CR
$100
Charles Redfern-Peterson
15 months ago

Can't wait to get back and see everyone again and how the place is looking.

$100
Timothy Merritt
15 months ago

This place means the world to me and I am so saddened to see this!

Michael Pippin
15 months ago

This breaks my heart too hear this.. I was never fortunate too able too go camp there. I so wanted this cactus canyon too always be there for us together an enjoy nature an friendships made. I will try an donate very soon i hope.... Ive seen pictures an its a beautiful campground. God bless you an your goals you have set an the funding needed...

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Donna J. Phelps-Egge
15 months ago

SOOOOOOO SORRY! Your campground is so beautiful! When G.C. and I see you, we will hand you some money! ((((((((HUGS))))))))

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