We stayed at site 33 on the point. We also rented site 37 for some family with us. The area is typical to Lake Martin and quite beautiful. This campground is a tale of two totally different facilities managed by the 42nd ABW at Maxwell AFB. Lake Pippin down towards Destin Florida is pretty well maintained or was the last time I was there. This site you can tell WAS nice but has fallen into disrepair. The two bathhouses I looked at were pretty nasty. The one for our area was being refurbished or repaired. The dump station had a ratty piece of plywood covering the sewer inlet which had water visible. The site we had was in a hole that required some ingenuity to level the trailer. The other reviews covered the deficiencies pretty well. The staff was nice enough, but there's an apparent lack of funding here. The boat prices jumped to double what they were taking an inexpensive rental into commercial territory. We'll likely camp back here, but only at select sites. Many of the sites look like a woodland trail with a power panel sticking up. Not clearly marked. Money needs to flow into this place and fast. The trailers that are available for rent in various conditions with one having a rotting floor at the entrance.
Arrived expecting a typical well maintained military facility but was disappointed with the parks overall appearance and maintenance. The staff was helpful and appeared to be doing their best. Trash cans were full to overflowing, grass in need of mowing, bath houses in need of cleaning and maintenance. It is truly a shame that such a well located camp with such a beautiful lake cannot be staffed in such a way as to maintain this place as a premier park. Having a camp host and soliciting some volunteer labor in exchange for a campsite might go a long way in the betterment of this park.
The location is excellent. The staff is courteous and doing the best with what they have, however they don't appear to have much. This place could be so much better but it really needs to be remodeled and rejuvenated. Everything is outdated or in disrepair. Even though we paid through Maxwell MWR, we were never asked for any military ID as confirmation. The trailer we rented had a huge water leak with water coming up under the flooring in the hallways. Please 42nd FSS / MWR come and rescue this place. If nothing else, send some of those students from Maxwell / Gunter AFB to do their graduating class projects over here. Provide them with tools, supplies, food and beverages for some free labor in return.
I agree with the last review 100% and this place is in dire need of a good cleaning inside and out. It was almost deserted and unless you want to fish only there's nothing to do. The beach is covered in feces. We had a good time on the lake and was in a good location but probably would not go back. I am surprised the Air Force doesn't inspect their facilities and more surprised they say it is a military facility but do not even help with funding. I know a tornado messed up a lot of trees but that has nothing to do with cleanliness. On a good note the staff was nice and we had a great time on the pontoon boat we rented.
Difficult to find and really out of the way, but all the staff are VERY friendly. No cable and just one TV station (PBS), so plan to watch DVDs or read when not enjoying the outdoors. Laundry is 75 cents for washers and 75 for dryers but the one located nearest to us isn't plugged in till the end of March due to possible freezing. Lots of walking for those who like the exercise. The roads are hilly and numerous and a walking trail too, but we were told there are a lot of ticks and scorpions. We didn't see any while we were there. I asked if there were "gators" in the lake and were told that there were "but they don't bother ya none". Hmmm.... Tiny town of Dadeville is about 8 miles away for shopping. Lots of trailers onsite but they were mostly all empty while we were there. We had most all of the place to ourselves, which has its advantages. This campground is mainly long term campers. The transient usually don't come until the summer months, we're told, when the staff says it is full. NICE large beach area. Garbage cans are at each campsite, so no trips to the dumpster are necessary.
We had a wonderful time visiting Lake Martin! The recreation area is ok (not as nice as the other post would have you believe). Most sites are not level and there are many full timers/permanent residents whose rigs are not kept nice. Big rigs would have a difficult time getting into most sites. Facilities are old but kept clean. Not all sites have fire rings, but almost all have a grill and tables. Again, the grills and tables are mostly old. There are trailers for rent (new ones are being installed this year) and chalets for rent as well. The marina is nice and you can rent a variety of boats (ski, pontoon, bass, paddle, canoe). What makes this park worthwhile is the location and the employees (they were very polite and cared for the park). Our kids had fun on the beach too. If some money was spent for updating, it would be a much nicer park.
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