Thursday, September 22, 2016
Old Federal Campground
We had a teasing first view of Old Federal Campground back in April when we saw RVs camped on a peninsula jutting out into Lake Lanier while were were visiting the adjacent Lake Lanier sailing club. When we returned home, I made reservations for the US Army Corps of Engineer’s Old Federal Campground for the last two weeks in September. As with most Federal or State campgrounds, there is a fourteen day limit for stays. Old Federal is one of their most popular campgrounds and few sites go unreserved, even during weekdays. Getting one of the few sites at the end of the first peninsula means reserve early.
Using the map available on www.recreation.gov, I picked the spot I saw from the sailing club. The site is completely surrounded by water, but there is only morning shade. From noon until sunset, the site is in full sun. It really wasn’t a problem for us even though the average temperatures ran 8 to 9 degrees above average while we were there. We had to make several trips to nearby Oakwood over the first two days to resolve a tire issue, so there was little chance of getting cabin fever.
We eventually replaced the flat tire that delayed our departure from Bolding Mill and used the needed trips to look around the neighborhood. We really don’t like sitting in the camper when the weather is otherwise great, but we aren’t into needless suffering, either, so it was a great time to write blogs and catch up on news. We decided to stay close to home, or more correctly, close to the trailer, and kick back at one of the most spectacular locations we’ve camped at. Cellphone reception is great and a good reason to turn on the WiFi hotspot.
The wide, spacious campground, just outside Flowery Branch, Georgia, is located lakeside at the end of Old Federal road. It is a seasonal park, closed from late October until spring. The dates fluctuate, so check the website for the exact schedule. In typical Corps of Engineer tradition, the sites are clean and the facilities are well maintained. Most of the campsites on the three peninsula campground face the water, although we noticed several that were drive-in head first instead of back-in. Your awning and hookups are then reversed, which isn’t a major problem for a self-contained unit such as a class “C”, but a trailer ends up backwards. Double check the site before you reserve it or you may find yourself facing the access road instead of the lake.
While all Corps of Engineers campgrounds prohibit alcohol, this was the first campground I had to sign my initials to the park pass amendment attesting I understood the rule. Hopefully the camp volunteers don’t ride around in their golf carts with breathalyzers.
-More to come-
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