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Lake Lowndes is simply a place that every camper (primitive or RV) has to visit. The staff from the ranger to the park host to the manager and everyone else is friendly and ready to help in any way. The sites are paved, large and very easy to back into. We have stayed at #43, #41, #1, #31 and #35 and we love them all. 31, 41, and 43 are the best. There used to be an ant problem but the staff has fixed that tremendously - good job. The park has a beautiful small lake for Boating, fishing, and other water sports as well. Other things to do include an amazing frisbee golf course, tennis courts, softball fields, children’s playground, hiking, biking, and a huge admin building with many indoor games like pool and ping pong. The scenery is magnificent and we fell in love with the ducks, geese, and deer families that run around every night. Picnic tables, grills, and fire pits at every site. Do yourself a favor and visit this camp ground.
Site 129 is directly on the water with a front row seat for watching the boats and barges. Another pleasant COE campground with friendly and helpful staff. Our stay from 3/14-17/21 is overcast with the threat of tornadoes the evening after we depart. The weather discourages us from paddling, but we enjoy walking through this 176 site campground. Bathhouses and grounds are clean.
Our stay at site 82 from 3/12/21-3/14/21 is filled with the sounds of people working and playing. Sites are nicely spaced. During the week, we enjoy watching pilots from the Columbus Air Force Base honing their skills. The barges, more frequent during the day, have the occasional after dark run. They are fascinating to watch and quite pretty at night.
We paddle in the area by the campground. Almost all motor boaters are very thoughtful in reducing their wake. Many people are fishing, some are catching and some families are out in pleasure boats cruising on the waterway.
If you enjoy hiking make sure to grab a map and walk around Kennedy Lake (more like a pond) and the primitive sites.
Our visit (3/6/21-3/9/21) falls during a busy school vacation week. We are on the water at Site 74. The site is small, without trees, and very close to site 73, offering no privacy. Some larger sites have trees, and offer water access. The water along this stretch of the Tombigbee Waterway is very shallow and even kayaks can run aground in the mud.
The walk from the campground to the picnic area offers a quiet (~ 2 mi round trip) and views of the lock and dam.
Fairly well maintained park. Our site backed up to a swampy portion. Wonderful wooden bridges allowed it to be explored easily.
Bath houses were dated but serviceable.
Verizon service was flaky and bounced between no service to slow.
The owls were loud - which was great. Pretty sure we heard barge traffic foghorns, but they didn’t bother our sleep.
The water ran brown for a while. I’m guessing it just hadn’t been used at our site over winter. It cleared up after a minute and I flushed it for another 5.
I loved it - but maybe because it was my first swamp experience and the weather was nice and cool. I’d imagine the bugs are thick in summer. But that’s nature!