Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $38.00
$38 Water, Elect, Sewer. $34 Water & Electric.
Internet was good, but there were very few other people there to use a portion of the band width.
We checked in after the office closed for the evening so I had no contact with any staff member. I filled out an envelope, then put it and payment in the door slot. For a one night stay while traveling it is an ok place. Many of the travel trailers are set up as semi permanent residences. The campground seems to be used primarily for access to lake fishing and people passing through. There is a fuel stop at the exit on I-95 and a few other adjacent campgrounds. Shopping and restaurants are at the next exit, 3 miles south.
Mosquitoes the size of quarters swarmed us when we went outside. (not hundreds, but thousands) We could not open the door without 10-20 flying in. For this reason, I would not recommend this campground after it has rained. We camped at Santee Lakes Campground in a Travel Trailer.
Tips for other Campers:
Cracker Barrel, other similar restaurants, and fast food three miles south.
Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $38.00
There is no reason to stay at this former KOA unless you want to fish on the lake. We asked for a waterfront site and were told "I wouldn't put a nice rig like that in those sites!". This place is rundown and full of old trailers. We were told there was one site left for overnighters so we took it and saw at least 30 other empty sites when we drove through. Roads are narrow, sandy and uneven. Sites are sandy and uneven. No fire rings, no internet except at the office and no cable TV. We couldn't get satellite due to the trees. This rate included a Good Sam discount. There was a newer campground around the corner, but it was more expensive, had no cable and also had no internet except at the office. We camped at Santee Lakes Campground in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: November, 2013 - $35.00
Older campground with dirt roads and sites. We were told to take specific site only to find another RV there - office didn't know that they weren't leaving for another week? We had to drive around campground to come back down the narrow lane to get in to a different site. Lots of tall old trees make the sites feel even tighter. We had trouble finding our sewer connector - was under leaves and dirt. Bathroom / laundry facility is clean (considering it's in the middle of woods), but the drains of the showers needed attention - one had a pile of dirt or something around the drain. Road noise from I95 is noticeable outdoors, but inside our trailer wasn't bad. Wi-Fi was good. no TV though. Only 30 AMP service. Price of $35 is a Good Sam on a full hook-ups. Too much of a charge for what the campground offers. If really stuck I'd stay here again, but rather find something with better services for less $. We camped at Santee Lakes Campground in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $33.00
Depressing run down park even for an overnighter. I never saw so many "vintage" campers. No cable or internet and we didn't even get sewer so I thought price per night was high. Only seasonal people there, who were very nice. I guess the lake is the reason they stay because the park is a dump. We camped at Santee Lakes Campground in a Fifth Wheel.
Horrible stay! Not kid friendly at all! Many permanent campers that complain over kids walking from the camper to the lake. The staff is rude and are not able to answer any questions about the campground. The "security guards" harass and bully anyone who is not permanent resident. We camped at Santee Lakes Campground in a Travel Trailer.
We stopped here to take a break while driving I-95. Very easy and convenient location. Sites were just long enough to leave a 40' 5th wheel hooked to our truck. Nice dock and beautiful view of the lake within walking distance of our site. Nice, quiet campground that we would definitely stay at again if we find ourselves heading south. the only reason I gave 9 stars instead of 10 is that there was heavy rain when we arrived and the site immediately flooded (about 6" water). However, as soon as the rain stopped the water receded into the sandy soil and all was well again. We camped at Santee Lakes Campground in a Fifth Wheel.
Very nice place to stop off I-95! Close to highway but noise was minimal. Campground was nicely wooded, restrooms / bath houses clean. Would recommend this to travelers in the I-95 corridor. We camped at Santee Lakes Campground in a Motorhome.
Nice shaded lots. Ground cover is dirt with gravel roads. Very quite when we were here in May. Probably 75% of campground is permanent sites with RV's and built around decks. Staff at front desk was very friendly and nice. We stayed for three nights and we will be back. We camped at Santee Lakes Campground in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: March, 2012 - $32.00
Appears to be a former KOA (A Frame buildings). Nice lakeside campground. No cable TV and the trees make satellite difficult. Workers out doing spring cleaning and sprucing park up. No 50 amp service. We camped at Santee Lakes Campground in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: January, 2012 - $31.00
Rustic! If this were a state park I'd give it a high rating but as a commercial campground I can only say "Rustic". I guess in the middle of a hot summer the canopy of trees and the proximity of a lake would be a great draw, but during the off-season the best I can say is it's a convenient stopover, close to I-95. Very clean restrooms and showers, good wi-fi, no cable (or satellite), water and electric only (no sewer) in the overnight area. We camped at Santee Lakes Campground in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $32.00
Our campsite was in a low place and it rained and water ran to us, other than that everything was good. We did not spend much time there as we were visiting family and we would stay again and ask for a site on higher ground. Office staff was helpful and friendly. We camped at Santee Lakes Campground in a Fifth Wheel.
Clean pool, clean yet dated restroom and showers. Beautiful setting on the lake. Very few garbage cans throughout campground. It seems they want you to walk all the way to the very corner of the park to the dumpster. The one can that was nearest us was spilled over with garbage. To be fair however, we did see it being emptied in the morning when we left. Some permanent sites where run down and others were quite charming. We camped at Santee Lakes Campground in a Motorhome.
Okay park for an overnight stay. Close to I-95. A lot of "permanent" trailers. Some were pretty trashy looking. Our site had a lot of cigarette butts and small trash on it. Park has a nice dock for fishing. Bath house was nice: freshly painted. The pool was nice. Would stay here again, but only for an overnight stay. We camped at Santee Lakes Campground in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: February, 2011 - $30.00
Some sites overlook Lake Santee and most have shade. Sites are dirt or sparse gravel. Free WiFi with good signal and throughput (we were near an antenna). Many trees. Pleasant park with rough edges. Leaning electrical box for our site had unhinged cover that dropped to the ground. Nearest rest rooms were out of service. They advertise "TV Services." That was explained as a good signal if you have an antenna. (It's NOT cable!) Forget the laundry: the kind hostess explained that we'd be better off hanging clothes out to dry, as the dryers were poor performers. Park is largely populated by long-term residents. It served our needs for a one-night stopping point. We camped at Santee Lakes Campground in a Travel Trailer.