The Army Corps of Engineers (COE) dates all the way back to 1779, and among the many public works projects, the United States Army Corps of Engineers built many dams on rivers around the country, and with those, they also built campgrounds. These campgrounds can offer great RV camping opportunities, with nice lakeside views, and water recreation opportunities, like boating and fishing. There are thousands of COE recreation areas, at over 450 lakes, so it’s very possible that there is a COE area near you.
If you like to boat and fish, or just like camping near water, a COE RV campground may be for you. Some are free, others are low cost. COE campgrounds are well maintained; some simply have designated campsites with a picnic table and a fire ring, while some campgrounds. Showers are often available, as well as fresh water and trash. Many of the COE campgrounds have paved roads and paved RV campsites. Outdoor recreation includes fishing, boating, bird watching, geocaching, and hiking. Group campgrounds are also often available for reservation. While not always the easiest campgrounds to find, COE campgrounds are great for RV camping.
Finding a COE campground online can be a challenge, but one of the most convenient ways to find RV camping at a COE is to get a paperback or Kindle guidebook. These books will list COE campgrounds and recreational areas by state, and by reservoir, and all campgrounds will be listed, including directions, the facilities, activities, and current camping fees.
Keep in mind, Many COE lakeside campgrounds require reservations. You can make campground reservations at ReserveAmerica.com. Campground reservations will be necessary if you plan to visit the popular lake campgrounds, especially on holiday weekends, you likely will find these campgrounds are at capacity, with no space left. Click here for COE campgrounds on recreation.gov.
The most convenient way to find a COE campground near you, while on the road, is to keep a guide book on board. No internet connection needed!