KOA Campground undergoes improvements
When Kevin and Dawn Maust drove through Oklahoma six years ago in search of a camp site to buy, they stopped at the KOA Campground in Sallisaw and liked what they saw, so much that the Michigan couple decided to purchase it.
“It was so beautiful here. There was so much green here and although the cabin we slept in at this KOA was small, with a few improvements, we believed we could provide some amenities that would not only make people want to stay here but keep coming back,” Mrs. Maust said.
After purchasing KOA, the couple began making changes a little at a time. A comparison of what the campsite looked at the time it was purchased and how it presently looks is pretty noticeable,” Maust said.
“Kevin and I both enjoy camping. That’s one of the reasons why we got into this business. We decided if we could purchase a camp site with a location that we liked, then we could make the improvements and that’s what we’ve done,” she said.
Some of the changes include an addition of five deluxe cabins which can sleep from five to nine people depending on which cabin is rented. The cabins resemble a tiny home and come complete with a bedroom, a loft for more sleeping quarters, a kitchen for cooking with cookware provided and a refrigerator and a complete bathroom with a shower.
“We provide soaps, towels just about anything they might need. There’s also a fire pit and grill on the patios of each cabin and picnic tables where the campers can cook and visit,” Maust said.
In addition to the cabins the Mausts have also remodeled the swimming pool after deciding to gut it out and redo most of it. A canopy is installed in the summer to protect swimmers from sunburn.
“We want this place to be kid friendly and a place for families to come together whether it’s just for a day or for week-long camping,” Maust said.
The campsite is located on 22 acres complete with a fish pond which is kept stocked with fish and kayaks for those who prefer not to fish. There are also walking trails and a horse barn for those traveling with horses needing a place to rest.
The couple provides activities mainly games for children who come as a guest.
“The jump pad is a very popular activity for the kids. They get on there and jump and we also have a canopy for that too,” she said.
Some games include the chocolate pudding slip n’ slide which is “pretty fun” and a flash light candy hunt, Maust said.
Inside the main office, a store which provides hot foods such as pizza, drinks and snacks. The store also provides items such as t-shirts RV supplies.
Maust said there are about 5,000 visitors who come to the Sallisaw KOA Campground each year.
“We do have those who might come for a weekend or they might stay longer. We also have a lot of locals who just like to get away and come here,” she said.
“Since we made the improvements, we have about two and a half times the amount of business we had before,” she said.
“We love making this a good place for people to have and have a good time with their families.”