People have been gathering at The Heron since the 1960s, when this land was originally opened as a campground by a man named Newt Spinks. There are a few original out buildings that still stand from that time. Newt dug our beautiful pond back then. The Heron has been in our family’s hands since the 1970s, when Julie’s parents, Warren & Betty Erickson, bought the property. At that time, this place was called Camp Mini Aqua. Before the camping days, this land was part of a working farm, whose brick farmhouse still stands next door. More about that later!