11 Army Corps of Engineers Campgrounds to Add to Your Bucket List

Imagine falling asleep to the lullaby of a river or waking to the view of a dam. With affordable prices and well-maintained campsites, Army Corps of Engineers (COE) campgrounds offer some of the best access to camping and recreational water activities.

COE campgrounds are managed by the United States military to maintain public water sources. These campgrounds help complete recreation areas that consist of 41,188 miles of shoreline, 3,572 miles of trails, 91,583 campsites, and 3,713 boat ramps, according to the United States Army Corps of Engineers. In total the unit oversees 450 campgrounds across 43 states. Due to their unique locations, some COE campgrounds can be difficult to access.

Grass field with a fence by a lake.
Sawnee Campground | Cumming, GA – Photo by: traderboynh

To book a stay at a COE campground, research the area you’re looking to visit on Corps Lakes Gateway and reserve your campsite through Recreation.gov on the “Seasons and Booking” tab. This area also provides information on the booking window and may specify a time that reservations are released each day. Many of these sites are competitive to book, so you’ll want to look at booking as soon as reservations open.

Complete your camping experience at one of these popular COE campgrounds:

Fifth wheel and truck parked in a campsite under tall trees.
Gunter Hill Campground | Montgomery, AL – Photo by: Jan

Gunter Hill Campground, Montgomery, Alabama

  • Number of Sites: 142
  • Pad Type: Mixed
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Tent Camping: Yes

Nestled in a forest along Catoma Creek, Gunter Hill Campground is a quaint year-round destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The campground offers a dump station, electric hookups, renovated sites, and full-service bathrooms. Find nearby hiking opportunities at the Lowndes Wildlife Management Area.

Two RVs parked in a campground under trees next to a lake.
Cedar Creek Campground | Mount Juliet, TN

Cedar Creek Campground, Mount Juliet, Tennessee

  • Number of Sites: 59
  • Pad Type: Mixed
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Tent Camping: Yes

Located about 30 minutes outside of Nashville, Tennessee, Cedar Creek Campground is set on Old Hickory Lake. Amenities include electric and water hookups, hot showers, a dump station, laundry facilities, picnic shelter, a playground, and boat launch.

Reviewers note strong cell phone coverage with nice waterfront views, shaded spots, and easy access to Music City.

A dog hanging outside an RV by camp chairs and a grill.
Cotton Hill Campground | Morris, GA – Photo by: Jouppi Outdoors

Cotton Hill Campground, Morris, Georgia

  • Number of Sites: 104
  • Pad Type: Concrete
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Tent Camping: Yes

Pull up to the water’s edge and set up camp in Cotton Hill Campground, a backdrop to Walter F. George Lake. This recreational area offers full-service bathrooms, a dump station, a playground, and a boat ramp.

This area situated along the Alabama and Georgia state line is a fisher’s paradise. The lake is stocked with largemouth bass, crappie, and catfish. Cotton Hill Campground also provides ideal access to hiking trails and historic Eufaula, Alabama, and Cuthbert, Georgia.

Sunset and clouds reflected in the window of RV windows.
Eastbank Campground | Bainbridge, GA – Photo by: Don

Eastbank Campground, Bainbridge, Georgia

  • Number of Sites: 65
  • Pad Type: Gravel
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Tent Camping: Yes

Eastbank Campground sits on the border of Georgia and Florida, along Lake Seminole’s 367-mile shoreline amid rolling forests of pine and hardwood. This campground has electric and water hookups, a dump station, laundry facilities, and full-service bathrooms. It’s also well-known for sport fishing.

Picnic table at an RV park overlooking a marina.
Boulder Recreation Area | Carlyle, IL – Photo by: Jo

Boulder Recreation Area, Carlyle, Illinois

  • Number of Sites: 82
  • Pad Type: Concrete
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Tent Camping: Yes

You’re guaranteed a lakeview with a campsite at the Boulder Recreation Area in Carlyle, Illinois. Located only 50 miles outside of St. Louis, Missouri, the campground offers a serene getaway with campsites fully equipped with a picnic table, firepit, electric hookups, and full-service bathrooms. 

Aside from typical lake activities, the Boulder Recreation Area also offers access to wildlife sites with viewing towers and an aquarium.

Jeep and class C parked in a campground under trees.
Twiltley Branch Campground | Collinsville, MS – Photo by: Nelson

Twiltley Branch Campground, Collinsville, Mississippi

  • Number of Sites: 62
  • Pad Type: Gravel
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Tent Camping: Yes

Twiltley Branch Campground is a lakefront campground in eastern Mississippi, situated along the shores of Okatibbee Lake. This COE campground offers electric hookups, a dump station, full-service bathrooms, and a laundry facility. 

“Spectacular setting on Lake Okatibbee in rural Mississippi … typical well-maintained COE site,” writes one Campendium reviewer.

Covered picnic table and grill in front of a lake during golden hour.
Jim Hogg Park Campground | Georgetown, TX – Photo by: Mike

Jim Hogg Park Campground, Georgetown, Texas

  • Number of Sites: 142
  • Pad Type: Concrete
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Tent Camping: Yes

When you stay at Jim Hogg Park Campground, watch the sky fade from gold to black over Georgetown Lake. This camping destination runs along a reservoir on the northern end of the San Gabriel River. It offers full-service bathrooms, picnic areas, and an ample amount of space for large groups to camp. 

While this area is popular with boaters, it’s also home to a winding 26-mile trail that rolls through grasslands and juniper forests just outside of Austin, Texas.

Truck and Airstream parked in front of a lake next to a covered picnic table.
Dana Peak Campground | Harker Heights, TX – Photo by: TK

Dana Peak Campground, Harker Heights, Texas

  • Number of Sites: 30
  • Pad Type: Concrete
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Tent Camping: Yes

In 1968, the COE built the Stillhouse Hollow Dam and Stillhouse Hollow Lake. Eventually, the Dana Peak Campground was created with full-service bathrooms, electric hookups, a man-made beach, and a four-lane boat ramp. This campground also has a group site for up to 80 people.

Dana Peak is an activity haven with direct access to water sports, horseback riding, fishing, and hiking. It’s located near Fort Hood Army Base.

Silhouette of hammocks hanging between trees and camp chairs next to a lake during sunset.
Sawnee Campground | Cumming, GA – Photo by: ruddy one

Sawnee Campground, Cumming, Georgia

  • Number of Sites: 59
  • Pad Type: Concrete
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Tent Camping: Yes

You’ll find Sawnee Campground under the shade of Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains along the 690-mile shoreline of Lake Sidney Lanier. Campers have access to electric and water hookups, full-service bathrooms, laundry facilities, and a sandy beach.

This COE destination also has a variety of walk-in sites for tent campers.

Truck and RV parked next to a lake and a covered picnic table.
High View Park | Ennis, TX – Photo by: jlbirt

High View Park, Ennis, Texas

  • Number of Sites: 39
  • Pad Type: Concrete
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Tent Camping: Yes

Visit High View Park in the spring for a magical morning of blooming bluebonnets along Bardwell Lake’s shores. While the bluebonnets are worth the trip, this COE campground also offers a variety of other features, like water and electric hookups, a marina, and designated fishing and hunting areas for wildlife adventurers.

Truck and RV parked in a campground by a lake.
Midway Park Campground | Waco, TX – Photo by: TheScottLife

Midway Park Campground, Waco, Texas

  • Number of Sites: 37
  • Pad Type: Concrete
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Tent Camping: Yes

Midway Park Campground is located within Waco’s city limits and on the south shores of Waco Lake with full-service bathrooms, a boat ramp, and a variety of water activities. 

“Nice campground, good price … right on Lake Waco. Really great sunsets … $15 for full hookups, you can’t beat that with a stick!” according to a review on Campendium.

COE campgrounds are an often overlooked but convenient source for RVers, campers, and vanlifers. While they’re less accessible and harder to book, they provide a high-quality stay with ample amenities and low nightly rates in beautiful, waterfront spaces across the U.S.