Meet Your Hosts
"Campers say, they return not only because it's a beautiful campground, but for the peaceful, friendly atmosphere."
For Jim and Donna Rankin, owners of the Hixton / Alma Center KOA in Wisconsin, the camping world offered the allure of freedom.
Tired of the corporate world, and feeling the desire to be their own boss, Jim and Donna took a road trip in 1987 and stayed at their first KOA. While there, they envisioned the changes they would make to the campground if it were theirs. After returning from their road trip, the Rankin's decided to contact KOA to see if any campgrounds were for sale.
Unsure that they could afford to purchase a campground, Jim and Donna didn't know if their dream was going to become a reality. KOA contacted them about a fixer-upper, and it has been their total life ever since. This year marks the 24th anniversary of their entrance into the campground business.
"The business runs us," says Jim with pride. "And we love it that way."
Avid gardeners, Jim and Donna are especially proud of the campground gardens. They have planted well over 4000 bushes and trees and even more flowering plants. They have had "workampers," to help them the past 10 years, but before that, they handled it alone.
Campers tell them, they return not only because it is a beautiful campground, but that it is so peaceful and the atmosphere's friendly.