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Old 09-11-2010, 11:14 AM   #15
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Check the on-line bookstore associated with RVTraveler.com.
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Jay,

I have the book you bought as well. It has been a big help but it does not always have all the details I would prefer. We have camped with the Corp from the Carolinas to TX but most of our experience has been within a days drive of our home in GA.

As an example; Lake Lanier has many COE campgrounds and we have tried to get our 53' rig (that's our trailer/truck total length) into most of them. While we have always got into a spot, not all spots were ideal. Sometimes we can not put out our awning (because of trees) and sometimes we have to pass up sites that are big enough for our rig but situated such that I can not back into it, again because of trees or culverts or just really narrow roads. Sometimes the driveway is so steep and at such a sharp angle to the road I can not get in without dragging. I pass on those sites too.

A nice supplement to the book you bought is to go on the website www.reserveamerica.com and look up the COE campground you are interested in. You can look at maps of the parks and click on the individual sites. Many of them will have a picture of the site and special notes about the site like the amount of shade it has, length of the driveway, maximum rig length, distance from water and any unique features about the site, like obstacles for big rigs.

Generally speaking, I really like the COE campgrounds. As others have posted, they have good roads (sometimes narrow with really tight turns), well kept facilities, most are nicely spaced between sites, always a fire ring and always a picnic table. Lots of other people like them too, at least here in the southeast because you routinely need to book a reservation well in advance of when you want to camp. But that is not so bad because the reservations are site-specific. So for those of us with limited availability because of large rigs we reserve the one we want and can head out with pretty good confidence that everything is goging to work when we get there.
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You can also get the info online. But we still bought the "camping with the Corps" book too. Using it, I found a Corp campground outside of Ft Worth. Nice place but would have been better if not so hot (July 2009). We like the Corps campgrounds. I wasn't trying to say anything about the size of rig you have. just pointing out that you can probably still get into a Corps campground but occasionally you won't. MOST of the Corps parks seem to be under used to me (except for holiday weekends). I think it is a shame. While they don't have the amenities of the private campgrounds, we still like them because, from an former tenter's point of view, it's a "real" campground!
And as long as we've been RVing, we're among those that have never used them. Sounds like we've really been missing out! I know just what you mean, when you refer to 'real campgrounds'. That may be another reason they are 'under used'. If there's no pool or game room to keep the kids entertained... Works for us!

I'm very encouraged, and now excited, about checking out Corp campgrounds after reading all these responses. Thanks again IRV2!
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Have you tried rec.gov reservation site for corp parks? Many now have detailed description site by site and also PHOTOS! They are raising the reservation bar for info available online, wish more cgs would follow.
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The corp's campgrounds in Illinois around Carlyle Lake have very large, well maintained sites. The ones around Rend Lake are more wooded and not as level, but most are fairly long.
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And the most important part..... Most are one half the price of nearby commercial CG's. and as corp parks, they are near water.
Ditto for state parks (price)
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And the most important part..... Most are one half the price of nearby commercial CG's. and as corp parks, they are near water.
Ditto for state parks (price)
And if you are 62 or older and get the federal "senior pass" ($10), you usually get a 50% discount. We stayed at a beautiful Corps campground in Alabama for $10/night with water and 50 amp service! But we beat that with $8/night (water and electric) at a US Forest Service campground in southern Alabama.

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Jmonroe I have the same book and it is great info. I live in middle Tn. and the Corp CG's around here are beautiful and awesome. Check out Defeated Creek Campground in Tn. that cg is only 6 miles from my residency and accommodates large rigs. The amenities and the beauty of the Tn. lake, hills and valleys are spiritual in their majesty. If you every visit give me a shout and I'll fix us up some frog legs. Congrats on the new rig also.
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Jmonroe I have the same book and it is great info. I live in middle Tn. and the Corp CG's around here are beautiful and awesome. Check out Defeated Creek Campground in Tn. that cg is only 6 miles from my residency and accommodates large rigs. The amenities and the beauty of the Tn. lake, hills and valleys are spiritual in their majesty. If you every visit give me a shout and I'll fix us up some frog legs. Congrats on the new rig also.
Thanks, I'll keep that in mind. Frog legs would be a new experience for this 'Yankee'. By the way, love the old Dodge.
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