Originally Posted by PKI
We are full hook up users, like a family environment, and prefer a view of grass, trees and an organized landscape. We like a cool breeze, water and laughter rather that screams.
So, how do you investigate potential RV parks and chose your nightly stay-cation site? How do you find parks far enough away from train tracks, highways, and similar noise pollution? How do you avoid site pack intrusion? How do you optimize services you use and minimize services that are of no value to you?
Corps of Engineers campgrounds are all located alongside a lake/reservoir or river, and are typically half the price of commercial campgrounds in the same area. And if you qualify for the National Park Service Senior Pass (formerly Golden Age Passport) or Access Pass, then camping is half of that, with no entrance or day use fees.
CoE Campsites tend to be spread out within the campground, with green space between you and your neighbors. Campsite density seldom exceeds four campsites per acre.
Most CoE campgrounds are water/electric with a dump station conveniently located on the way out of the campground. Some only have boondocking. I haven't been to any CoE campgrounds that have sewer hookups, but I have been to one that allowed you to direct-discharge gray water onto the ground, and in fact they insisted on it (they were experiencing a drought at the time, and direct-discharge of gray water is one way to irrigate).
There are CoE campgrounds in 44 of the 50 states, and you can find every one of them here:
The website allows you to search by state, and by the type of activity such as camping (duh, select this to eliminate day-use-only recreation areas), hiking, boating, swimming, etc.
The site also lists State Parks and commercial campgrounds that are located alongside a Corps of Engineers waterway, so there's some crossover.