The New Era - All about Sweet Home since 1929

By Scott Swanson
Of The New Era 

Couple adds warm face to popular local campground


June 8, 2016

Photo by Scott Swanson/ BETTY AND JACK DeWall stand outside their camper near the entrance to River Bend Campground, where they have been hosts for nearly a decade.

In the 10 years since it was born, River Bend County Park has grown significantly, with new features appearing each year for the many campers who’ve become regular visitors.

It’s also grown in usage. This year, it was nearly sold out through April and is rapidly approaching the popularity that Sunnyside, Linn County’s top camping facility, enjoys.

What hasn’t changed, though, for nearly River Bend’s entire existence, are the cheerful faces arrivals see as they roll into the campground: Camp Hosts Jack and Betty DeWall, whose fifth-wheeler is parked strategically just inside the...

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