Date of Stay: August, 2007
This was the second year in a row that we have stayed here and have enjoyed it both times. Ocean lakes is a huge, nice park with lots of amenities. What with the large camp store, laundromat, mini golf, snack bars, pool and arcade, you could conceivably spend your entire vacation without even leaving the park. But if you are looking for a peaceful and private atmosphere, this is not the place to go. Ocean Lakes is like a very busy town. Houses and campsites are on top of each other. The pool is packed. Traffic is coming in all day/night and golf carts are everywhere. While golf cart rental is expensive (around $300 for the week) they are pretty much essential here. Besides not having to walk in the heat and lug stuff around, they are so much fun! At night the oceanfront area becomes "the strip", with everyone cruising in their golf carts. Great fun, especially for teenagers. We were just barely able to fit our 19' camper with awning and 2 vehicles on the site. But when you call for a reservation here you pretty much have to take what you can get because most people reserve their sites a year and a half in advance. I have already tried to get a reservation for next summer (11 months away) and was told that there were only two sites available for my time period. Overall this is a good place to stay for families and people who don't mind all the excitement of the place.
Date of Stay: July, 2007
Because we live nearby, we have camped here many times. It's a beautiful and peaceful campground that is pretty much out in the middle of nowhere. The sites are generally spacious and level, and include a concrete pad, fire ring and picnic table. There is one bathhouse in the campground which is very old but is adequately clean. Metal fishing boats are available to rent for a small charge. There is a playground for the kids but no swimming area or other amenities. Although it's a lovely campground, unless you enjoy fishing there's really not much to do here but enjoy the scenery.
Date of Stay: June, 2007
This is a lovely state park that sits on a large lake with it's own marina and sandy beach swimming area. The campground is located in a wooded area up the hill from the rest of the park so none of the campsites are actually on the water or really even lake view (well, maybe a little peek through the trees). We stayed in campground D which is where the hookups are located. You pretty much need a reservation to get in this section on the weekends. The way it works is you make a reservation for either a water/electric or standard site and then chose your own site from what's available when you get there. The sites have been marked off and are covered with some kind of gravel and has a picnic table with a fire ring and lantern post on the site. We stayed on D36 which was large enough that we were able to fit our 19' trailer with awning, 2 vehicles and equipment with no problem. There is a bath house right there which from what I remember seemed clean enough. This is a really safe and quiet place to camp and is closely monitored by the rangers. Maybe a little too closely. We were up late just sitting there quietly watching our campfire and the rangers kept riding by our site very slowly and were watching us closely like we were doing something wrong. We weren't breaking any rules at all. It got to the point that we were pretty annoyed by it and it really took away from our camping enjoyment. Other people I know that camp here have told me similar stories so this seems to be the norm here. For that reason I gave this campground a little lower score.