Another Great COE Park at St. Lucie South, FL (March 12-15, 2016)

You can’t beat a Corps of Engineer park for value, and this one was spectacular. We were lucky to snag a few nights on a cancellation, otherwise this time of year it is always booked. We normally shy away from handicapped sites, but this was the only one that became available. It was a super long paved site with a patio with a cover and a large tree for shade. This was a very quiet and peaceful stop in our travels.

When we first arrived for check-in, the park ranger informed us that a tour of the locks would start shortly. So we quickly set up the RV and made it to the ranger’s tour of the waterway and locks. It was very informative and interesting.

Fun Fact: Female manatees sometime go in the locks to hide from the bull manatees during mating season.

The park is situated by the river that connects St Lucie with Lake Okeechobee. There are 9 RV sites, 4 mooring sites for boats, and 3 tent sites that all have great views of the river. There is a visitor’s center within walking distance and a boat launch. Campers can enjoy watching boats and the occasional manatee pass through the canal while sitting under the warm Florida sun. Fun to watch the lock operations also, with a dramatic 14 foot drop in water level. There is a near by walking path through the trees that goes about one-half mile along the river.

Happy Trails!

 

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