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Established Camping

St Lucie South

About

US Army Corps of Engineers

Lake Okeechobee

Overview

St. Lucie Campground provides a relaxing camping experience on the St. Lucie Canal, part of the 152 mile Okeechobee Waterway that spans South Florida from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. Campers can enjoy watching boats and the occasional manatee pass through the St Lucie Lock while sitting under the warm Florida sun.

Recreation

Hike the St. Lucie Nature Trail on the north side of the canal, or spend the day fishing and boating on the St Lucie Canal and the south fork of the St. Lucie River.

Facilities

Hike the St. Lucie Nature Trail on the north side of the canal, or spend the day fishing and boating on the St Lucie Canal and the south fork of the St. Lucie River.

Natural Features

Tropical vegetation surrounds the campground, which is about 25 miles east of Lake Okeechobee, the second largest freshwater lake in the United States. The lake is 451,000 acres and on average only 9 feet deep.

Nearby Attractions

The Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge is recommended for visitors who are interested in the many species of birds in the area. The city of Stuart is just down the road with restaurants and shopping. Sandy beaches located on nearby Hutchison Island make for a fun days trip to the Atlantic Ocean. Nearby Fort Pierce is home to the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum.

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Location

St Lucie South is located in Florida

Detail location of campground

Directions

From I-95, take Exit 101 (Stuart/Indiantown), following SR 76 W for 0.5 miles to Locks Road. Turn right onto Locks Road for 1.3 miles to SW Canal Street and turn left into the campground.

Address

2170 SW CANAL STEET
Stuart, FL 34997

Coordinates

27.1102778 N
80.285 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.
  • Boat-In
    Sites accessible by watercraft.

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
    Good
  • Verizon
    Good
  • AT&T
    Available
  • T-Mobile
    Good

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group

Features

For Campers

  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Firewood Available
  • Phone Service
  • WiFi
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Water Hookups
  • Big Rig Friendly

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15 Reviews

Lauren W.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2023

Tranquility

Great COE campground in the locks.
Only 9 rv sites, 1-3 on water, 6 boat slips. 50 amp, paved, and good spaces between sites. Very clean and well maintained. Has a dump, and you could walk to the locks.

Site6
Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of St Lucie South by Lauren W., August 29, 2023
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M
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2023

So windy

Tent campers beware- this is a cute little spot with full hookups available at most sites and charging station available for the rest. Mosquitos are pretty crazy onc the sun goes down and the wind is in believable. I had my tent tied in every way imaginable to try and keep in from blowing away. I have 2 nights left here and I really don’t think it’s going to survive.

SiteRV5
Month of VisitMay
Alex M.
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2022

A pleasant surprise

I stopped here because I needed a place to sleep and the nearby campgrounds were full. I was pleased to find that St. Lucie South was not only a good place to spend the night, but an enjoyable experience in its own right. This is a COE campground built adjacent to a lock. The waterway is a canal that connects Lake Okeechobee to the Atlantic. The campground isn't particularly large, but it is very nicely landscaped. Plenty of grass and tall trees.

I stayed in one of the three primitive tent sites. Each of these comes with a tree, a gravel tent pad, and a small picnic shelter. There is a water spigot nearby, and bathrooms with flushing toilets, hot and cold running water, and showers are located up the road a ways. These were fairly clean when I visited.

There were lots of interesting animals to observe here, including flying fish, big tree lizards, big frogs that hopped out of the canal and onto my tent at night, and something that I'm fairly certain was a gator but never got a good look at. Unfortunately, there was also a large mosquito population that made things not so fun after nightfall.

My neighbors here were also a bit distracting. They were a very loud family who appeared to be living at the tent site next to mine.

SiteT3
Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of St Lucie South by Alex M., August 12, 2022
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Russell S.
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2021

Stuart Florida.

Great tent site on the river. lots of rain but that is ok. Clean restrooms, well maintained dock and site.

SiteTent 2
Month of VisitDecember
Mimi B.
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2021

Tranquil

Love this ACOE Campground. Stayed here 2 weeks. Peaceful, nice sites with great water view. Leveling our 40ft 5th wheel was a breeze. Enjoyed watching the yachts and boats going into the Lock. Saw bald eagles, red breasted hawks and osprey as well as hundreds of dragonflies. There are resident gopher turtles that meander through the sites. Close to restaurants and shopping. Only 20 minute ride to so many beautiful beaches. Bathroom and shower very clean.
Will be back again.

Site9
Month of VisitNovember
Trina S.
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2021

Peaceful

This campground is so quiet and relaxing. Tent sites are right on the water so it's nice and cool.

Sitet2
Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of St Lucie South by Trina S., October 21, 2021
  • Review photo of St Lucie South by Trina S., October 21, 2021
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Andrew G.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2021

Small and well maintained

Nice campground. Sites next to water have fire pit, grill, picnic table, canopy, etc. Bathhouse is a little far from sites.

Lauren W.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 17, 2021

Awesome

This COE is very clean, large concrete sites, 50 amp, and can be sitting facing the water! Love this. Only 9 sites, and 5 boat slips I think.

Site6
Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of St Lucie South by Lauren W., May 17, 2021
  • Review photo of St Lucie South by Lauren W., May 17, 2021
  • Review photo of St Lucie South by Lauren W., May 17, 2021
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Reviewed Apr. 1, 2021

Clean, Quite Sites

St. Lucie South is a small campground run by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Located just outside Stuart, FL. the site is located on the St. Lucie lock and dam.

The park is small with only 3 primitive tent sites and maybe 10 RV sites.

The tent sites all are on the St. Lucie canal and do not have water to the sites although, water is available from the tap just across the street.

The RV sites feature water and electric hookups but no site septic. The septic dump is located close to the bathhouse and trash dumpster.

The hosts keep the grounds and bathhouse spotless and noise after hours was never an issue for us. The location lends itself to Stuart, FL and any type of food choices you may want. The park is located close to Interstate 95 and the Florida Turnpike for easy access.

The tent sites are on the canal and watching the boats come in to use the lock is nice however, we were warned against paddle boarding the canal due to alligators. Swimming is not permitted. Out last morning at the site, we saw a 3-5 foot alligator trolling around just off our site.

We used the park as a stop off on our way to a week long camping trip to the Florida Keys, (a straight through drive would have been close to 13 hours for us). We stayed for 2 nights going down and 1 night coming home.

Site1
Month of VisitApril
David R.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2020

Peaceful respite

Located just minutes off of Indiantown Road at I-95, getting in and out of here is no problem.

Tucked into a beautiful green spot next to the St. Lucie Canal, this hidden gem is a must if you’re just looking to get away from the grind for a weekend. Boaters traversing the canal and tent campers have their own sites along the river, too! Great birding and fishing opportunities.

Only nine RV sites, but all of them are level and paved, with a sheltered picnic table, fire ring, and elevated grill in a gravel space adjoining your concrete pad. We stayed in site RV5 for two nights. The small Army Corps of Engineers park is very well-maintained. Bathhouse is small, but you can get the job done.

2 to 3 bars of Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T (we use all three) ensure a pretty decent cell connection for keeping in touch. Reliable 50/30/20 and good water at the post. Dump station nearby.

  • Review photo of St Lucie South by David R., October 24, 2020
  • Review photo of St Lucie South by David R., October 24, 2020
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Lorilee S.
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2020

Amazing and relaxing

Absolutely love the St. Lucie Locks. It’s very clean and very relaxing. It’s awesome to watch the boats come and go. Great picnic table, fire pit and BBQ in each spot.

Mike  Y.
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2020

Rv’s,trailer’s,tents,boats

Features: Boat Ramp, Picnic Shelters, Comfort Station, Parking, Dump Station, Fishing Area, Trails, Tent Sites, Playground, Showers, Picnic Area, Concrete Pads, Boat in Sites, Tent Sites, Water/Electric 30/50. Handicap Facilities. Horseshoe Pit.

On site Visitor center with history of the Lock and dams. You are able to tour the locks walk across them. Closed because of covid-19. Scheduled reopening Oct.1,2020.

The Staff are friendly and treat this place as home. Great Volunteer’s.

Free WiFi available at the visitor center during business hours, with outdoor covered seating overlooking the waterway. No swimming, several kayakers were out this trip. Wildlife and remember no feeding the gators.

  • Review photo of St Lucie South by Mike  Y., September 18, 2020
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Mike  Y.
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2020

Beautiful getaway

The staff at check-in was the best. I talk with several over my 5 day stay sharing ideas and stories. Very helpful. The spots are laid out perfect. Easy to backend. Concert pads, gravel fire pit and covered picnic tables. No bad views i was in 3 different sites during my stay. Grounds are kept clean, cut, trim and edged. Reception good on t.v. Antenna and dish satellite. No wifi on sites but free wifi at reception area. Great river views. 3 bars on T-mobile. Your right at the locks so watch the boats pass from the gulf to the Ocean. Horseshoe pits. Clean showerhouse. Tent camping is primitive m. All RV sites have water 30 and 50 amp service. Sites on river will hold 45’ class A. Close to shopping. All sites have 30/50 amp service and water. Sewer is not available. Dump station near exit on way out,  Because of the cleanest of the campground and the friendly staff I rate this a five. they make up for the only downfall of being allowed to dump once per week or there is a fee of $20.00.  there is no charge for a honey wagon dump.  I would assume the extra fee is to encourage water management since there has been issues with algae growth in the waterways. 

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Lauren W.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2018

Oeaceful

Loved watching the boats go through the locks. Very peaceful and serene.

Lauren W.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2018

water!

small but nice area. free firewood for campfires, and also had area for boats. no trees, so very hot in warm months. very clean and friendly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does St Lucie South have RV hookups?

According to TheDyrt.com, St Lucie South has water hookups.

What is the max vehicle length at St Lucie South?

St Lucie South allows vehicles up to 38 feet.

Are fires allowed at St Lucie South?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at St Lucie South, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does St Lucie South have wifi?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, St Lucie South does have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at St Lucie South?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is good, AT&T is available, and T-Mobile is good.

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