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Annual Tom Raper Cookout

It’s that time of the year again! Time for our annual Tom Raper Cookout. 🙂

Every year, Tom Raper RVs holds a fun cookout for the guests that are staying with us in the campground. If you’re staying this Saturday, June 4, you can join in the fun!

Tour several Tom Raper RVs, enjoy free hot dogs and hamburgers and participate in prize giveaways. Free hot dogs and hamburgers will be served in our Pavilion from 11:30am – 1:00pm CT.

Here are a few photos from last year …

We’ll see you then!

Ouch … Something bit me!

Along with camping comes the occasional bug, whether it be mosquitoes, ticks, bees, gnats, etc. It’s the less fun part of the great outdoors.

However, you can control how much the bugs love  you, or even if they’re around the area you’ve chosen to set up your tent or RV. Here are some tips:

  1. Flying insects such as mosquitoes and gnats, even other bugs, like to hang around areas where there is standing water. Puddles, lakes, creeks … avoid these areas and avoid the bugs.
  2. Along those same lines, avoid areas where the grass is tall. Insects tend to lurk in these areas.
  3. Don’t leave any food, especially sweet items, laying around your campsite. Bugs and insects are of course drawn to crumbs and sweet bits of food. Be especially careful with soft drink cans and bees. Bees are drawn to sweet soft drink cans. I’ve known many people with bee stings on their lip because they took a drink without checking for bees. Ouch!
  4. Insects are drawn to bright colors so wear subdued clothing. Also, cover up as much of your skin as you can.
  5. Bugs are also drawn to fragrances so be careful with perfumes, colognes and deodorants. Choose fragrance free options when you can.
  6. You can also try spraying bug repellent around the perimeter of your campsite. Apply repellent to exposed areas of skin; avoiding the eyes, hands and any open sores.
  7. Our little bug friends are drawn to light so avoid hanging lanterns and lights near where you’ll be sitting or sleeping.
  8. If your four-legged friends are along, make sure they’ve been flea and tick treated with a product such as Frontline.
  9. Build a campfire. Insects aren’t fond of smoke.
  10. Many bugs don’t like citrus or coconut. Use lotions or soaps that have coconut oil or citrus to keep bugs at bay.
Here at Lake Rudolph we do spray for the little pests that can make your stay unpleasant. With that in mind, we obviously don’t get all of them so here’s what to do should you get bitten.
  1. If you do get bitten or stung, you can reduce swelling with ice.
  2. If you’re itchy, you can use some calamine lotion or hydro-cortisone cream. These supplies should always be in your first-aid kit.
  3. Ticks are dangerous and can carry diseases such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme disease. It’s a good idea to check your body periodically for ticks. Should you find a tick, remove it immediately and watch the area closely.
  4. Fevers, rashes or infections should be reported to your doctor right away.
  5. A great sting remedy that’s always worked well for me is to mix a little white vinegar with baking soda and make a thick paste. Apply the paste to the sting to ease the itchiness, swelling, and discomfort.
Hope these tips make your outdoor stay a little more pleasant!

Rudy’s Recipe: Baked Apples

Something sweet for Rudy’s Recipe today … Baked Apples.

Baked Apples

You Need:

  • Apples
  • Brown sugar
  • Aluminum foil
  • Raisins
  • Cinnamon

Make ‘Em:

Core an apple and place it on a square of aluminum foil.

Fill the hole of the apple with raisins, brown sugar and a dash of cinnamon. Wrap foil around it and bake for ten minutes on hot coals. Careful because they are hot, but oh so tasty!

– Recipe courtesy of

A Friendly Reminder…

Now that camping season has started we have a friendly (like we’d ever be unfriendly…) reminder for you about a nasty little bugger that can ruin a camping trip. And a forest.

The little bugger I’m referring to is the Emerald Ash Borer. Please take the time to read a bit about this varmint. These beetles feed on ash trees and can kill branches and entire trees.

We have a firewood policy to help contain the spread of these beetles. If you are from quarantined counties you may not bring your own firewood into Lake Rudolph. You can learn more on our website. Here’s a mug shot so you recognize the culprit … 🙂

Rudy’s Recipe: Fish on the Grill

While camping, so many people have the same ole foods. Hamburgers, hot dogs, steaks, etc. Here’s a recipe that will break you out of that campfire cooking norm … and it sounds tasty!

Fish on the Grill

You Need:

  • 1 lb fish fillets
  • 2 tbsp margarine
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh dill weed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 onion, sliced

Make It:

Use heavy aluminum foil cut into squares. Place equal portions of the fish fillets on each piece of foil. Easy cleanup!

In a saucepan, melt the margarine. Add the lemon juice, parsley, dill, salt and pepper. Stir until well blended. Pour mixture over the fish, sprinkle with paprika, and top with the onion slices which have been separated into rings.

Fold the foil over the mixture and seal tightly. Leave a little space for the food to expand while cooking.

Place on a hot grill and grill for 5-7 minutes per side. Fish should flake easily when done. Careful, it’s hot!

– Recipe courtesy of

Favorite Campground in North America

Woodall’s is hosting a contest where you may vote for your favorite campground in North America. Once you vote, you’ll be entered to win a 7-Day Hawaiian Cruise for 2 people! It’s a sweet deal and requires little effort on your part.

So … are we your favorite campground? If so, vote for us!

Vote Online:

  • Visit
  • Take a few seconds to register (it’s painless, we promise)
  • Select the state (Indiana)
  • Then select the town (Santa Claus)
  • Finally, select the campground (Lake Rudolph, of course!)
  • You may also click the image below to vote.

Vote Via Text Message:

  • Using your mobile phone simply text MYFAV (then a space) 44837700 (our special code) to 69302.
  • Standard text messaging charges do apply to each message sent and received.

You are limited to one vote per household per day. Vote now and vote often! The sweepstakes ends on September 15, 2011 at 11:59pm CT.

Oh, and if you win the trip to Hawaii we’ll expect you to take one of us as your +1! 😉

There’s something you should know …

If you’re planning to stay with us in 2012 there’s something you should know…

Make reservations for 2012 online anytime between 9:00am CT today (May 2) and 11:59pm CT May 15, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a $200 Lake Rudolph Gift Card!

We begin taking online reservations for 2012 on our new and improved reservation system this morning. Here’s how you can win:

  • Make your 2012 reservation, online only, anytime between 9:00am CT May 2 and 11:59pm CT May 15.
  • Your name will be entered into a drawing for the $200 gift card.
  • Your reservation must be made using our online reservation system.
  • You must be 21 years old to make a reservation.

So … win a $200 Lake Rudolph gift card for something you were going to do anyway. Just book it earlier. Piece of cake right?