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Camp With the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operates more than 2,500 recreations and leases another 1800 sites.  It is by far the leading federal provider of outdoor recreation opportunities.  Camping through the Corp of Engineers is often less expensive than private, community, state and national parks.  The offerings vary from facility to facility but across America, in 35 states, camping at a U.S. Corps of Engineers just may be the perfect choice for you. 

Whether you are camping in a tent, trailer, 5th wheel or motor coach there is a spot at a U.S. Corps of Engineers facility for you.  Here are just some of their offerings:

Alabama:  When visiting Tuscaloosa check out Demopolis Lake.   Demopolis Lake a 10,000 acre surface lake located south of Tuscaloosa, Al in the town of Demopolis.  There are two Corps site.  The first is Fork land which is 9 miles north Demopolis.  It has group camping for 50 people, 42 sites of electric and water, 13 pull through sites RV can be up to 65 ft in length.  There is a two night stay requirement on weekends and 3 nights on holidays.  The second is Foscue which is about 3 miles of west of Demopolis.  There is a group camping, an amphitheatre, 54 sites with 50 amp and water, 49 full hook ups, 2 pull throughs.  There is a two night minimum on weekends and three night stay on holidays.

California: When visiting Sequoia National Park checks out the Corps of Engineers site at Kaweah Lake.  It is a 1,945 surface lake.  The campground is called Horse Creek and offers 80 sites, 35 pull through sites, and 1 handicap site.  Evening programs are available from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The RV max length at this site is 35 feet.

Florida: The Okeechobee Waterway is a 154 mile waterway from Ft.  Myers through Lake Okeechobee and exiting at Stuart on the Atlantic Ocean side.  There are lock facility tours.  There are three campgrounds along the way, Ortona Lock with picnic shelter and handicap facilities for two to 40 people, and a handicap fishing area.  There are 51 sites with water and 50 amps, 4 pull throughs. RV length max is 45 ft.  The second site is St. Lucie Lock.  It has a picnic shelter for up to 20 people.  There are 12 sites, 9 with water and electric and 3 primitive sites plus 8 sleeps on boat sites with hook ups. RV length max is 45 ft.  The third site is W.P. Franklin Lock and has two picnic shelters for up to 30 people.  There are 35 sites with water and 50 amp service, 1 pull through plus 8 sleep on boat sites with hook ups.  The RV length is max. 35 ft.

Idaho: Located in the panhandle of Idaho near the Washington State line.  There are tours of the powerhouse daily via the Visitor Center.  There are 140 sites over four campgrounds.  The Albeni Cove Campground with 14 sites, 4 walk in tent site and two pull throughs.  The second site is located at Priest River which has an amphitheatre and a bicycle camping area, 25 sites, 5 bikes in only sites.   The max length for RV is 60 ft.   The next is Riley Creek Campground which has an amphitheatre, two picnic shelters, horseshoe pits, 65 sites with water and 50 amps.   The RV max length is 40ft.  The campground is open from mid May to mid September.  The final facility at the site is the Springpoint Campground.  It has 38 sites, 7 pull throughs, one walk in tent site.  It is open from May through the beginning of October.

Illinois: Located in Rock Island there is an observation area for locking operations, exhibits and a theatre there are 9 sites available for camping with various sites being open year round.  There are picnic shelters and locations range from having a minimum of 6 primitive sites to a maximum of 79 sites.  Most sites require a two night stay on weekends and a 3 night stay on holiday weekend.

Massachusetts: Located just outside Huntington, MA in west central Massachusetts it has two group camping areas each which will hold up to 100 campers each.  There is an amphitheatre and picnic area. It is open from mid May through the beginning October.

Minnesota: Big Sandy Lake is located 60 miles west to Duluth.  It has an interpretive center and has two group camping areas that will accommodate up to 25 people.  There are 58 sites, 54 of which have electricity and 8 tent only walk in sites.  The campground can handle RV’s to a max of 65 feet in length.  There is a two night minimum stay on weekends and a three night on holidays.  It is open April1st to October 1st.

Pennsylvania:   Tionesta Lake located 60 miles southeast of Erie, Pa near the southwest corner of the Allegheny National Forest.   There are two boat in only sites.  The first is Lackey Flats Campground with 17 primitive sites.  It is open all year and the sites are free.  The second is Glasner Run Campground which has 10 primitive sites.  They are also open all year and are free.  There is also a site at Kellettville which has 20 sites which are open from mid April through mid December.  There is also Outflow Camping Area which has 39 sites along with a picnic shelter and fishing access.  They are open all year. There is also the Tionesta Recreation Area with group camping for up to 50 people, pontoon rentals, 124 sites with full hookups and 62 sites with 50 amp service.  They can handle RV’s up to 65 ft. in length.

South Carolina:  Located 5 miles north of Hartwell, Georgia is Hartwell Lake, a 56,000 surface lake with 962 miles of shoreline.  It offers guided tours of the dam and power plant.  There are 5 separate campgrounds that service this facility.  They have between 70 to over 100 sites with electricity.  There is also a group camping site available that can hold up to 100 people each. 

As you can see the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has lots to offer with all kinds of camping available.  There are numerous options that offer plenty of hiking, biking, fishing and other outdoor activities.  Camping has never been easier or more affordable than when camping with the U.S. Corps of Engineers.



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