Corps of Engineers (COE) Camp Campgrounds

US Army Corp of Engineer Logo
U.S. Army Corps of Engineer Logo

What exactly is a COE campground?

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, also known as COE, plan, develop, and maintain many of our rivers, dams, and other waterways within the USA. Much of their work focuses on flood control, conservation, and recreation.

A COE camp site
A COE campsite

Over the last few decades, they have developed hundreds of recreation
areas throughout the country, including many campgrounds.


COE camp site
COE campsite

The COE maintains and operates hundreds of recreation campgrounds throughout the U.S. About 90% of the COE recreation areas are located within 50 miles of a city, making for a great day trip or a quick weekend getaway.


COE camp site on a river
Campsite on a river



Many of these parks are along lakes or rivers, providing visitors with recreational opportunities such as fishing, boating, hiking, and camping.

Campsites generally have amenities such as picnic tables, fire rings, and grills.

To put it in perspective, a visitor to COE recreation areas would find that there are:

    • COE campgrounds in 43 states
    • 92,588 campsites
    • 3,754 boat ramps
    • 55,390 miles of shoreline

A small fee is required for day use and an additional fee for overnight stays at campgrounds. However, these fees are considerably cheaper than many other campground options.

You can make reservations, check campsites availability at, or call 1-877-444-6777.

Holders of a national pass receive 50% discounts on camping fees at COE-managed areas:

    • Golden Age Passport
    • Golden Access Passport
    • America the Beautiful
    • Federal Recreational Lands Pass Program’s Senior Pass or Access Pass 
    • America the Beautiful

You can purchase a pass in person at most parks or by mail. To get your pass by mail or for more information, visit

Some COE lakes have campgrounds that the COE does not manage, such as state parks and private concessionaires who lease space at the lake. These campgrounds generally do not accept Senior Pass or Access Pass discount cards, but it is always a good idea to ask.

You can find additional national pass information on our site

COE Campsites 

This map shows the 596 COE campsites across the USA. The RED flags indicate seasonal campgrounds, while the BLUE flags indicate those opened year-round. Some open year-round camps are non-reservable, resulting in”first come – first served.”

Selecting the box at the top left of the map labeled Corp of Engineers R.V. Parks will list the various campsites. Selecting the square box at the top right of the map and the wheel on your mouse will enlarge the map.

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