Government Parks

Government Campgrounds

Government parks, which include State and National Parks, Bureau of Land Management, State and National Forests, etc, have the advantage of being located in the most scenic areas in the country. However, the quality and price can vary greatly. And some can also be quite crowded, especially in peak season. Despite this, most of these parks are treasures, and we’re grateful to have them. We especially enjoy campgrounds built by the Corps of Engineers.

Below are government campgrounds we’ve stayed in most recently. Click here to see all the government campgrounds we’ve stayed in since going full-time.


Bayou Segnette State Park - Westwego LA

RATING: ♦♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 6 days
  • Cost of per night: $33/night
  • Discount: None
  • Hook ups: 50 amp electric, water, and no sewer. No cable TV.
  • Site number/quality: #38. Paved and level. Concrete picnic area. Plenty of grass and trees.
  • Park Quality: Very nice state park. Paved loop road, back-in sites. 
  • Access: Easy off Business US-90.
  • Connectivity: Verizon strong, AT&T strong, T-Mobile strong. 
  • Return yes/no?: Would love to.
  • Notes: The park is on the west side of the Mississippi River across from New Orleans. Only a 20 minute drive to the ferry which takes you over to New Orleans on east side of river. 
  • Website: Bayou Segnette State Park
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Lake Manatee State Park - Bradenton FL

RATING: ♦♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 4 days
  • Cost of per night: $13.75 per night
  • Discount: Florida Senior
  • Hook ups: 50 amp electric and water. No sewer. 
  • Site number/quality: #38 in second section. Large site, level and mostly sandy, some shade, backs up to swamp to the north.
  • Park Quality: Nice park but nothing especially unique about it.
  • Access: Off FL-64, about 5 miles east of I-75.
  • Connectivity: Verizon strong, AT&T strong with antenna, T-Mobile strong with antenna. OTA TV reception is very good.
  • Return yes/no?: Yes, if in the area.
  • Notes: Jennifer, who moved from Florida to Indiana last spring, came south for a visit to defrost with some of her Florida friends in Fort Myers. We arranged to meet her in Venice for a day. We had a nice time together.  After a fine lunch at Sharky’s at the Pier, we spread out the blanket and chairs on the beach and spent the afternoon catching up. The next day we went to Cortez and had lunch at the Seafood Shack.
  • Website: Lake Manatee State Park
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Lake Griffin State Park - Fruitland Park FL

RATING: ♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 5 days
  • Cost per night: $11.00
  • Discount: Florida Senior Discount
  • Hook ups: 50 amp electric, water, and sewer. No cable TV. 
  • Site number/quality: #10. Large dirt site. 
  • Park quality: This is a small state park in a very populated area in Central Florida. Only 40 sites. Despite the name, the park is not on Lake Griffin. Rather it is on the Dead River which empties into the lake. 
  • Access: On US-441.
  • Connectivity: Verizon very strong, AT&T strong without antenna, T-Mobile strong with antenna.
  • Return yes/no?: Maybe.
  • Notes: A 300-500 year old live oak is the main attraction of the park. 
  • Website: Lake Griffin State Park

Wickham Park Campground - Melbourne FL

RATING: ♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 5 days
  • Cost per night: $23.60
  • Discount: None
  • Hook ups: 50 amp electric, water, and sewer. No cable TV. 
  • Site number/quality: #C-81. Large grassy area. No defined site. More of an open field. 
  • Park quality: Wickham Park is a Brevard County park in the middle of the city of Melbourne FL. The campground is in one corner of the park. The rest of the park is more like a typical city park with ball fields and ponds. There are three sections to the campground. Sections A and B are for smaller rigs and tents. Section C is for big rigs and has very large sites. The hook-ups are side by side, which makes for some interesting camp set-ups. Campers can park any which way: back in, front in, or parallel. We parked diagonally, and there was still a lot of room around us. The park had a drive through Christmas lights display, which is a fund raiser for the Boy Scouts @ $15 per car. But since we were camping in the park, we did not have to pay the admission fee.
  • Access: Just a few miles off I-95.
  • Connectivity: Verizon very strong, AT&T strong with antenna, T-Mobile strong with antenna.
  • Return yes/no?: Yes, if in the area.
  • Notes: Close to historic downtown Melbourne (had a great breakfast there at the Backwater Restaurant). We took a nice boat ride on the Indian and Banana Rivers. Saw manatees and dolphins. We drove about 15 miles up FL-A1A to Cocoa Beach to see the SpaceX launch on Tuesday, but it was postponed. Very disappointed. However, we did get to see the launch at a distance from our campground in Melbourne just as we were packing up to leave on Friday.
  • Website: Wickham Park Campground

Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area - Flagler Beach FL

RATING: ♦♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 7 days
  • Cost per night: $17.00
  • Discount: Florida Senior Discount
  • Hook ups: 50 amp electric and water. No sewer or cable TV. Dump station.
  • Site number/quality: #57. Gravel pad. Very level. Wide with gravel seating pad. No shade. On river side of FL-A1A.
  • Park quality: This state park is just south of the beach town of Flagler Beach, which is on a narrow strip of land between the Atlantic Ocean and Halifax River. Scenic route FL-A1A runs through the middle of the park, and divides the campground into two sections: one on the beach and the other on the river. The beach section it is older and can only handle smaller RVs and tents. The river section was built in 2015 and can easily handle big rigs. We stayed in the river section. It very well maintained. We watched the park host clean up each site after departure and even rake the gravel bed. Impressive! 
  • Access: Directly on FL-A1A just a few miles off I-95.
  • Connectivity: Verizon OK, AT&T strong with antenna, T-Mobile strong with antenna.
  • Return yes/no?: Would love to.
  • Notes: The Halifax River is part of the Intracoastal Waterway. Lots of pleasure boats passing by. River side campground is within walking distance to the beach, which is just across FL-A1A, or we could drive and park at the beach. It’s close to restaurants and shopping in Flagler Beach, and half-hour to Daytona.
  • Website: Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area