Wednesday, February 17, 2016

White Oak Creek COE Campground - Alabama

Sometimes you just need to spend a little time in the woods. We reached that point during the last week of November, a very hard month for our family. There were two deaths in our family that month.

First, my 94 year old mother passed away. While her death was expected, it is always hard to lose your mother. Very hard.

Second, we lost Annie, our little Yorkie dog. She was a member of our family for 16.5 years and she loved camping in Rosie, our 25 foot Airstream trailer. While recovering from these events, we decided that we needed to hitch-up Rosie and head to the woods.

White Oak Creek Park

We didn't want to travel too far from home, so we selected White Oak Creek Campground. This is an Army Corps of Engineers park located along the banks of Lake George a few miles south of Eufaula, Alabama. People with the National Parks Senior Pass may camp here for half price. That makes camping in a Corps of Engineers park a great value.

We camped at White Oak Creek COE park during the first week of December. There were only a few other campers in the park at that time and we were able to park Rosie in a great location on the lake. That was just what we needed.

Our site at White Oak Creek COE Campground

The view from Rosie's rear window

It was very peaceful watching the ducks and other water fowl around the lake and riding our bicycles through the park. This is a large park with multiple camping loops and it is very busy during the summer months. Only one loop is open during the winter months, but all of the loops have great sites on the water.

Getting the bikes ready for exploring the park

Evenings along the lake

The park itself was well maintained by the park volunteers. The restrooms were clean and heated, something we appreciated when we camped here during December. Many of the sites were spacious and offered great views of the water.

Here are some specifics about this park:
  • A large number of the camp sites in this park are located on the lake with great views.
  • Our site had only 30 amp electrical service and a water hook-up. We are not sure if any of the other loops offer 50 and/or 20 amp electrical service.
  • The sites do not have sewer connections, but there are several dump stations in the park.
  • There are bath houses in every loop. The bath house serving our loop was clean and heated, something you appreciate when winter camping.
  • AT&T served the park with a decent 4G signal for both data and voice.
  • There is no Wi-Fi service in this park. You will need to hotspot your smartphone.
  • We remembered from the last time we visited this park that TV service from the Columbus, Georgia market was poor. That continued to be true this time. We pointed the antenna toward Dothan, Alabama, and were surprised that we were able to watch ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS. We also were able to see the ME-TV digital channel.
  • If you need to buy something, shopping is available close to the park's entrance. There are also some good restaurants within 20 minutes of the park.
Our trip to White Oak Creek COE Campground turned out to be exactly what we needed to lift our spirits. We enjoyed our time in this park and know we will return again.

Sunset at White Oak Creek COE Campground

Enjoying the park

Rosie in the White Creek COE Campground

Sure, it was a "Major Prize"

Selfie in the park

Hitched and ready to leave