Corps of Engineers

Corps of Engineers

We love the Corps of Engineers campgrounds. They are clean, well laid out, and usually near the water. The cost is around $45 per night. But with our National Park Senior Pass, we get a 50% discount, making these parks a fairly inexpensive option for nomads over age 62.

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


Gunter Hill Campground (COE) - Montgomery AL

RATING: ♦♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 4 days
  • Cost of stay: $52
  • Discount: National Senior Pass
  • Hook ups: 50 Amp Electric, water, and sewer
  • Site number/quality: #37, large and level concrete pad, gravel site with large picnic table, view of river thru the trees
  • Park quality: really nice park, paved roads in park (good for bike riding and walking), natural setting on the Alabama River. The campground has 142 sites. There are two sections: the Antioch Loop, which is older and has gravel sites without sewer, and the Catoma Loop, which is newly renovated and has concrete pads and sewer. We stayed in the Catoma Loop section.
  • Access: Not easy, 11 miles off I-65 & I-85, down county roads and city streets, including a final stretch thru a residential area. Once inside the campground, the roads are fine.
  • Connectivity: Strong Cricket/AT&T and T-Mobile, weak Verizon
  • Return yes/no?: Yes
  • Notes: Park is situated along Catoma Creek where it joins the Alabama River. The R.F. Henry Lock and Dam is a few miles downstream, and backs up the river into a series of small lakes upstream to Montgomery. The river is navigable from Montgomery all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico at Mobile. The park is about 15 minutes from downtown Montgomery. We have driven through Montgomery a couple of times, but this time we decided to explore a bit. The downtown area is nice, especially the Visitor’s Center and adjacent river walk. There is a walking tour that takes you to several sites and museums around downtown, most associated with the civil rights movement. The temperature was in the 90’s during our visit here, too hot to walk. We wanted to take a river cruise, but it was booked up for the next couple of weeks. We also wanted to tour the Hyundai manufacturing facility, but it was booked up for the next couple of months! I (Becky) need to get on the ball and plan a little better. 
  • Website: Gunter Hill Campground

Eastbank Campground (COE) - Bainbridge GA

RATING: ♦♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 4 days
  • Cost of stay: $48
  • Discount: National Senior Pass
  • Hook ups: Electric and water w/dump station
  • Site number/quality: #29, large and level concrete pad, gravel site with large picnic table, view of lake and dam (across the street from the site)
  • Park quality: very nice small park, paved roads in park (good for bike riding and walking), no swimming pool or recreational amenities, natural setting on Lake Seminole, beautiful natural setting with great sunsets
  • Access: Easy, off U.S. 90, 1.5 miles north of Chattahoochee FL
  • Connectivity: Strong Cricket/AT&T, weak Verizon, and no T-Mobile
  • Return yes/no?: Yes
  • Notes: Park is situated along Lake Seminole, which is a man-made reservoir impounding the Flint and Chattahoochee Rivers for 35 miles. The park is actually in Georgia, just across the state line from Florida. It was hard to keep track of the time because FL is in the Eastern time zone and Georgia is in Central. Whenever we left the park, we would be in Eastern time, and when we got back, we’d be in Central. Another challenge was the sugar ants. The park ranger warned us about them, and she wasn’t kidding. But all-in-all, it was a fun stay. We met up with a couple that we had camped next to at Stephen Foster State Park and hung out with them quite a lot. We went to dinner with them at a quirky little gourmet restaurant, Rutabaga Cafe
  • Website: Eastbank Campground

Ortona Locks South (COE) – Moore Haven FL

RATING: ♦♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 4 days
  • Cost of stay: $60
  • Discount: National Senior Pass
  • Hook ups: Electric and water w/dump station
  • Site number/quality: #51, large and level concrete pad, gravel site with covered picnic table, view out the front was the river (across the street from the site)
  • REPEAT STAY: See prevous
  • Website: Ortona Locks South
  • Notes: The campground is in a secluded setting along the Caloosahatchee River, but it is only 15 minutes from the town of Labelle where there are restaurants, gas stations, Walmart and other shopping. The park has paved roads, nice for walking or bike riding. There are no planned activities or swimming pool, but we enjoyed watching boats pass through the locks on their way along the Okeechobee Waterway. We also spotted a family of otters, many bird species and turtles, and a large alligator in the river below the dam. We enjoyed Easter weekend with Jennifer and the grandkids, who live about a half hour from the park. 

W.P. Franklin Locks Campground (COE) - Alva FL

RATING: ♦♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 3 days
  • Cost of stay: $45
  • Discount: National Senior Pass
  • Hook ups: Electric and water w/dump station
  • Site number/quality: #23, large and level concrete pad, gravel site with covered picnic table, backed up to river with view of lock, view out the front was the lagoon (across the street from the site)
  • Park quality: very nice small park, paved roads in park (good for bike riding and walking), no swimming pool or recreational amenities, natural setting on river with boat locks, beautiful natural setting
  • Mail: Did not accept mail or packages
  • Access: Easy, off 2-lane SR 78, 15 minutes east of I-75 near North Fort Myers
  • Connectivity: Strong Cricket/AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile
  • Return yes/no?: Yes
  • Notes: Park is situated along the Caloosahatchee River, 15 minutes from North Fort Myers where there are restaurants and shopping. Only 10 minutes to Jennifer’s house and about a half hour to Ft. Myers. Website: W.P. Franklin Locks

Ortona Locks South (COE) – Moore Haven FL

RATING: ♦♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 14 days
  • Cost of stay: $210
  • Discount: National Senior Pass
  • Hook ups: Electric and water w/dump
  • Site number/quality: #11, large and level concrete pad, gravel site with covered picnic table, backed up to large natural area with grazing cows, view out the front was the river (across the street from the site)
  • Park quality: very nice small park, paved roads in park (good for bike riding and walking), no swimming pool or recreational amenities, natural setting on river with boat locks, beautiful natural setting
  • Mail: Did not accept mail or packages
  • Access: Easy, off 4-lane SR 80, 15 minutes east of LaBelle
  • Connectivity: Strong Cricket AT&T and T-Mobile
  • Return yes/no?: Yes
  • Notes: Park is 15 minutes from closest town of LaBelle where there are restaurants and Walmart. About half hour from Jennifer, and one hour to Ft. Myers. Enjoyed Christmas Eve and Day with Jennifer and the grandkids.
  • Website: Ortona Locks South