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Old 01-06-2020, 03:54 PM   #41
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Fort Peck "Downstream Campground" This is not far off Hwy 2 in Eastern Montana. It is about 3 hours west of Williston ND.

Dam and reservoir on the Missouri River. We over nighted here on our maiden trip from Chilliwack to MN. We needed to move on but wished we had an extra day as it looks like an interesting place. Sorry, no pictures.
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Old 01-06-2020, 06:07 PM   #42
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Stayed at Albeni cove coe cg near town of Newport WA on the way to osoyoos rally last year. Lovely spot just over idaho border. No one else there.
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Old 01-15-2020, 12:33 PM   #43
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A newbie here....what is a "COE"? Thanks in advance for my admittance of my ignorance.
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Old 01-15-2020, 12:37 PM   #44
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US Army Corp of Engineers. The largest campground operator in the country. Don’t feel bad, they are frequently overlooked because their primary mission is flood control and navigation.
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Old 01-15-2020, 01:25 PM   #45
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A newbie here....what is a "COE"? Thanks in advance for my admittance of my ignorance.
Of importance is that the Corp of Engineers (COE) is a Federal entity, and any Federal perks you might be entitled to might apply at COE facilities. For example, if you qualify for and have (or purchase) a USGA Lifetime Senior Pass, COE campsites are half price, plus discounted entry fees at many federal parks, monuments, etc. (unless things have changed again recently).
https://store.usgs.gov/senior-pass
I picked one up at a nearby U.S. Forest Service Station the day I turned 62, I believe it was only $10 then, and it has saved us several hundred dollars over the following years. Great bargain even at the newer higher price.
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Of importance is that the Corp of Engineers (COE) is a Federal entity, and any Federal perks you might be entitled to might apply at COE facilities. For example, if you qualify for and have (or purchase) a USGA Lifetime Senior Pass, COE campsites are half price, plus discounted entry fees at many federal parks, monuments, etc. (unless things have changed again recently).
https://store.usgs.gov/senior-pass
I picked one up at a nearby U.S. Forest Station the day I turned 62, I believe it was only $10 then, and it has saved us several hundred dollars over the following years. Great bargain even at the newer higher price.
Is that true if you have the old Golden Age pass, too? (Which also used to be only $10, when I got it at 62.)
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Is that true if you have the old Golden Age pass, too? (Which also used to be only $10, when I got it at 62.)
says 'yes' right on the page he linked.
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Old 01-15-2020, 02:08 PM   #48
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For those vets who have a 'Service Connected Disability'. Free Lifetime Access Passes to National Park Service facilities are available.. These passes cover many federal properties.

Natl parks, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife, Dept Interior, BLM, COE. and others.
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Old 01-15-2020, 05:21 PM   #49
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Cottonshed Park, Millwood Lake, near Mineral Springs, Arkansas is beautiful, well-maintained, and when we were there last November on the way back from a trip to the north rim of the Grand Canyon lightly used. Somewhat off the beaten path, but all the better for it IMO.

Here's a pic from our campsite (#015, North Loop, if memory serves):



Can also second the previous recommendations for R. Schaeffer Heard north of Columbus, GA and East Bank just north of Chattahoochee, FL, though we like Whitetail Ridge over Schaeffer Heard also on West Point Lake.

Also like Mckinney Campground on Alatoona Lake NW of Atlanta. We've stayed there several times on trips from Tallahassee to the Blue Ridge Mountains.

We like COE campgrounds a lot, and stay in them as often as possible when they are near where we want to be. Sometimes even when they aren't.
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Old 01-15-2020, 05:30 PM   #50
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Holloman AF Base - Directly off US-70, west of Alamogordo. New Mexico. Campground is on base. Not far from White Sands NP. Reservations not accepted. $3/night no hookups, $20/night with 30 amp.

Open to all Active Duty, National Guard, Reservists, Retired Military, 0-100% DAV, Purple Heart Recipients, Former POW, Veteran Caregivers, DoD/NAF Civilians.
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Holloman AF Base - Directly off US-70, west of Alamogordo. New Mexico. Campground is on base. Not far from White Sands NP. Reservations not accepted. $3/night no hookups, $20/night with 30 amp.

Open to all Active Duty, National Guard, Reservists, Retired Military, 0-100% DAV, Purple Heart Recipients, Former POW, Veteran Caregivers, DoD/NAF Civilians.
That sounds like MWR rather than COE. We've stayed at Fiddlers Cove Marina and RV Park in Coronado a couple times, Navy MWR, as my wife has relatives down there. Full hookups. Super clean and nice facilities.

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Right, John. Was just thinking of low rent campgrounds we want to visit. Checked out Fiddlers Cove several years ago when they had tighter restrictions for camping vets. Hope we can do a San Diego trip at Fiddlers Cove in a few weeks or months. I do so need to get next to and into those warm Pacific waters.
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Old 05-09-2022, 10:37 AM   #54
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COE North Abutement CG, Lake Grenada, MS

Stayed only 1 night on our inaugural trip home from Sumas before getting on Natchez Trace. I was very impressed by the campground and its facilities: https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/234277
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