Lakepoint Resort State Park will soon have 80 campsites with 50-amp 220-volt electrical service, which can accommodate larger RVs -- an upgrade from 30 amps. Fifty-five members of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) are currently installing the electrical upgrades in advance of their national reunion, which will be held at the park in June 2011. The upgrades are scheduled to be completed in October 2010.
The electrical upgrades are being made possible through a temporary partnership between the park and the IBEW in which the IBEW is donating labor costs estimated at $100,000. Alabama State Parks is providing the wiring materials.
According to IBEW representative Jamie Morris, potentially more than 1,600 IBEW members will attend the group’s 43rd annual reunion. “Besides being a good general location, we chose the park because of the resort hotel, cottages, cabins, great fishing and wildlife, and the beautiful campground,” Morris said. “The IBEW reunion has only been in Alabama twice before, once in 1976 and again in 2005. It is a great honor for us to bring it back to Alabama in 2011.”
To date, 40 sites on the Deer Court camping loop at Lakepoint have been upgraded to the 50-amp service. The remaining 40 Deer Court sites are scheduled be upgraded in October. Deer Court is also the only camping loop in the park with sewage service at all 80 sites. The remaining 110 campsites have 30-amp electrical service and water hookups.
Tim Wishum, Chief of Operations for Alabama State Parks, said working with IBEW to make the electrical upgrades at Lakepoint benefits all parties involved, including the city of Eufaula due to the potential tax revenue generated by RV tourism. “Anytime we can make such a substantial improvement like this at one of our parks for little or no cost to taxpayers everyone wins.”
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com .