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Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day weekend is a great time to visit us at Lake Rudolph. Not quite as busy … a little bit cooler weather (we hope).

For those of you that are visiting us this weekend here’s what happening as far as amenities and activities. Enjoy your stay!

Blitzen Kitchen
Call-in or Carry Out … Pizza Delivery from 6 – 10pm CDT
Friday; 3 – 10pm CDT
Saturday & Sunday; 10am – 10pm CDT
Monday (Labor Day); 9:30am – Noon CDT

Blitzen Bay Pool
Friday; 3:30 – 7:30pm CDT
Saturday & Sunday; 10am – 7:30pm CDT
Monday (Labor Day); 10am – 5pm CDT

Camp Store
Friday; 9am – 10pm CDT
Saturday & Sunday; 8am – 10pm CDT
Monday (Labor Day);  8am – 5pm CDT

Holiday World Shuttle Hours
Saturday & Sunday;  9am – 7:30pm CDT
Monday (Labor Day); 9am – 6:30pm CDT

Activity Schedule

Saturday, Sept. 4
10 – 11am CDT Gem Mining By the Camp Store $5
11:30am – 12:30pm CDT Animal Stuffing At the Pavilion $8
1:00 – 2:00pm CDT Ceramics Craft At the Pavilion $5
2:30 – 3:00pm CDT Pine Cone Bird Feeder Craft At the Pavilion $5
6:00pm CDT Bingo (Ages 18+) At the Pavilion $1/card
8:00pm CDT Family Movie; Old Dogs At the Pavilion Free

Sunday, Sept. 5
8:15 – 8:45am CDT Church Service At the Pavilion Free
8:00pm CDT Karaoke At the Pavilion Free

Rudy’s Recipe: One Skillet Chili

In hopes that Fall is soon on the way (we hope) our Rudy’s Recipe today is One Skillet Chili.

One Skillet Chili

You Need:

– 2 lbs ground beef
– 1 medium onion
– 1 can red kidney beans
– Chili powder (to taste)
– Salt & Pepper (to taste)
– 1 can diced tomatoes
– 1 can tomato sauce
– 1 can tomato paste

Make It:

Brown ground beef and drain excess fat.

Dice up the onion in smaller pieces. Drain kidney beans and rinse. Add tomato paste, fill paste can with water and add water.

Add all remaining ingredients to skillet and simmer until the onions are translucent. Tasty! Bring on Fall!

– Recipe courtesy of

It won’t be long now …

Our new office is really starting to look like … well, an office. 🙂 We should be moving in around the beginning of October; during our HalloWeekends!

The roof is completely on and they’re starting to work on concrete sidewalks this week and the painting inside is almost finished. Most of the wooden ceilings are up and the fireplace is in!

I was able to sneak over a few nights ago and snap some pictures inside, as well as outside. Enjoy!

Rudy’s Recipe: Cheese Tortillas

Cheese Tortillas

You Need:

– Tortillas
– Cheese; go crazy … as much different kinds as you want.
– Onions, peppers, bacon bits and anything else you’d like to add!

Make ‘Em:

Take 1 tortilla and lay it in a pan (just so it gets warm). Once the tortilla is warm–be careful not to burn it–add cheese. You can use American, Swiss, whatever you want. Then add onions, peppers, bacon bits, etc. Be creative! Fold the tortilla over, let cool for a few seconds, and enjoy!

– Courtesy of Gina in Oklahoma

Binder of Fun

Next season we plan to include an information binder in each of our rentals (RVs and Cabins).

This lovely little binder will be helpful to our guests in that it will contain information like area restaurants, area attractions, campground rules, maps, lodging options,  church schedules and bunches more important information. It’s going to be quite the info source for our campers.

But … we want to know if there’s anything that our guests think should be added to this binder of fun. So, thoughts anyone? What are some sections you’d like to see included?

Rudy’s Recipes: Campfire Veggies

So you’ve got the steak or chicken already grilling … now, what to go with it? Rudy’s Recipe this week is Campfire Grilled Veggies and they’re perfect with whatever grilled meat you’ve picked.

Campfire Veggies

You Need:

– 4 medium unpeeled potatoes, sliced
– 1 small onion, chopped
– 1 (10 ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables
– salt and pepper to taste
– 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt to taste (optional)
– 5 tablespoons butter, divided

Make ‘Em:

Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat. Or if you’d like, use the campfire. Just lay the foil packets over the fire on a grate.

Prepare two foil packets by layering together 4 squares of heavy duty aluminum foil for each packet. If using regular duty foil, use twice the number of layers. Spray the top sheet with nonstick cooking spray. In a bowl or resealable bag, toss together the potato slices, onion, and frozen vegetables; season to taste with salt, pepper, and garlic salt if using.

Evenly divide the potatoes between the two foil packets, and top with the divided butter. Fold each packet, starting length wise, rolling edges together, repeat for each end, making sure to seal edges tightly.

Cook the foil packets over the preheated grill or firepit until the potatoes are tender, approximately 15 minutes per side.

– Recipe courtesy of

And That Means …?

Ever heard words being bandied around by other campers, but you’re at a loss as to what the heck they’re saying or what these terms mean? Hopefully this post will help.

We’ve compiled a few useful terms in camping … and what they mean. Handy stuff right?

3-Season Tent: Tent that is recommended for use in summer, spring, and fall.

4-Season tent: A tent designed to handle any weather conditions, including harsh winter weather.

Box Oven: A baking oven that’s made out of a cardboard box lined with foil, wire hanger shelves, and a pan to hold charcoal.

Class A or Type A motor home: They are the largest of the motorized RV’s ranging in size from 25 to 45 feet. Commonly referred to as a conventional motor home they are the ones you see that look similar to a bus, and depending on the price they can be equipped with features like washers and dryers, multiple slide out rooms, satellite dishes, home entertainment systems and much more.

Class C or Type C motor home: They are also referred to as mini-motor homes and are built on a cutaway van chassis. They range in size from 20 to 31 feet.

Dutch Oven: A cast-iron cooking pot (with lid) that you cook with outdoors over charcoals.

Fire Ring: Iron ring with a grate that contains your fire. All of our RV sites and Rentals have fire rings, or as well call them a Fire Pit with a Grill Grate.

Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR): The manufacturers maximum load weight, in pounds, that can be placed on the axle. If an axle has a 3500-lb. GAWR and the RV has two axles (tandem axles), then the RV would have a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 7000 lbs.

Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR): The manufacturers maximum load weight, in pounds, allowed for the trailer and tow vehicle. This rating includes the weight of the trailer and tow vehicle plus fuel, water, propane, supplies and passengers.

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR): The manufacturers maximum load weight, in pounds, allowed for the vehicle. This rating includes the weight of the vehicle plus fuel, water, propane, supplies and passengers.

Gross Trailer Weight (GTW): Gross trailer weight is the weight of the trailer fully loaded in its actual towing condition. GTW is measured by placing the fully loaded trailer on a vehicle scale. The entire weight of the trailer should be supported on the scale.

Pie Iron: Same gadget as a sandwich maker.

Pup Tent: We’re guilty of using this term at Lake Rudolph. It’s basically just a small two-person tent.

Primitive: Without any amenities like bathrooms, electric, and water.

Rain Fly: A covering that helps keep a tent dry and windproof.

Seam Sealer: Used to waterproof the threads of tents.

Unloaded Vehicle Weight (UVW): The weight of the RV without adding fuel, water, propane, supplies and passengers. The manufacturers UVW will not include any dealer-installed options. Sometimes called the Dry Weight.

Rudy’s Recipe: Camper’s Pizza Skillet Delight

Rudy’s Recipe this week has a few pizza elements! 🙂

Camper’s Pizza Skillet Delight

You Need:

– 1 pound(s) ground beef
– 1 can (4 oz.) sliced mushrooms
– water
– 1 can (8 oz.) pizza sauce
– 3 c Uncle Ben’s Quick Brand Rice
– 1 large green pepper, chopped
– 1 1/2 tsp salt
– 1 tsp oregano
– 1/4 c grated Parmesan cheese
– 6 thin slices Mozzarella cheese

Make It:

Brown meat in a 10-inch skillet; drain. Drain mushrooms, reserving juice.

Add water to juice to make 2 cups liquid. Add liquid, pizza sauce, rice, mushrooms, green pepper, salt and oregano to beef; stir. Bring to boil.

Reduce heat, cover and simmer until liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle Parmesan and arrange Mozzarella on top of beef-rice mixture.

Cover skillet and heat for 2-3 minutes, or until cheese softens.

10 Most Common Camping Mistakes

Top 10 Most Common Camping Mistakes

1. Bringing the whole house with you. When it’s the first time camping many try bring everything, but the kitchen sink. You’ll only end up being overloaded and have no place to store these extra items. Our best advice is to create a checklist. You can find several great checklists online as well. This way you’re less likely to forget something and you’ll also not over pack.

2. Leaving your campsite dirty. You should never leave your campsite dirty. Here are Lake Rudolph we have daily trash pickup. Bring some trash bags with you, bag your trash and sit it out by the road. We’ll pick it up. Painless right? Campers should always follow the “leave no trace” policy.

3. Being noisy. At Lake Rudolph we enforce quiet hours between the times of 11:00pm and 7:00am CDT. We ask that you please respect these rules out of courtesy for our other guests.

4. Cooking elaborate meals. If you’ve been camping you know that outdoor cooking is a lot more difficult than cooking at home. Don’t make the mistake of trying to create elaborate dishes. This isn’t the time to try new, complicated menus. Simple, easy-to-cook meals are the way to go. In fact, the more dishes you can cook at home and preserve, the better. If you follow our blog you already know that every Friday we feature a new Rudy’s Recipe. These are easy meals that you can cook over the campfire or on your grill.

5. Leaving food unattended. Once you’re finished with those simple, easy-to-cook meals it’s best to store them immediately. This keeps pesky insects or animals out of your food. The best solution is to store it back in your vehicle or inside your RV.

6. Not looking after the kiddos. Please watch after your kiddos. They’re curious and it’s easy for them to wander off. Try to include your children in preparation or whatever it is you’re doing. If you include them in the job; they’re less likely to get bored and wander off.

7. Cooking or lighting up a lantern inside a tent. Your tent should basically be your sleeping area. Cooking and/or lighting unsafe lanterns inside it are extremely dangerous.

8. Collecting firewood at the campsite. If you intend to have a campfire, it’s a good idea to bring your own firewood or buy from our Camp Store. We do have a firewood policy here at Lake Rudolph. To view that information simply click this link.

9. Letting pets loose. At Lake Rudolph we do allow pets at Tent and RV Sites. Pets are not allowed in or outside our Rentals. Should you bring your pet along you need to keep it leashed at all times and never leave it unattended. You should never let your pet run free; no matter how well behaved they are.

10. Forgetting to completely put out the campfire. When you leave the site or before you go to sleep, please be sure to completely extinguish your campfire so that there’s no chance for it to re-ignite.