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Short Stay Recreation Area is located on Lake Moultrie near Moncks Corner, SC. Operated by Joint Base Charleston, Short Stay provides a full-range of recreational opportunities for military personnel: camping, lodging, fishing, boating and swimming. Note that use is restricted to military personnel and their guests only.

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Here is your first look at the campground as you enter.

Date of visit: Nov 2014

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We had called the day before our planned arrival to inquire about site availability, particularly whether any waterfront sites might be available. The answer was no, but there were plenty of other sites. When we arrived and were checking out possible sites, we noticed that site 17 on the water was empty. We asked about it at the office and were able to get it.

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Sites 7-14 are all waterfront sites.

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Sites 14-16 are also along the lake shore.

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Sites 17-19 are at the end of the row of waterfront sites.

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All the remaining sites are back in a wooded area, although it is not like being in deep, dark woods. Sunshine makes it through the trees.

Sites 54-55.

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Sites 44-42.

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Sites 31-33

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Sites 49-47 and 34-36.

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Furthest back from the water are 15 long-term sites...and they look it. Lots of "stuff" piled around the trailers. These are sites 84-85.

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Sites 22-29 are in the back row up against the woods.

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The bathhouse is heated and provides free hot showers. Laundry facilities are located over near the marina office.

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There are 8 of these tiny log cabins in the campground.

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6 roundette cabins are located along the shore. This is cabin 42.

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Roundettes 39-41 are situated out on a point of land surrounded by water.

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There is a large playground for the kids.

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Each of these buildings contain two apartments. There are 20 2-bedroom units and 12 3-bedroom units.

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The backs of the 2-bedroom units face westward, looking out over the lake. A great spot to sit in the evening and watch the sunset across the lake.

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Looking back across the water to campsites 17 and 18. That's us just right of center.

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There is a large beach and swimming area conveniently located between the campground and the lodging area.

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Boaters will find a boat launch and marina. If you don't have one, boats, canoes and kayaks can be rented.

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Be alert as you walk about and you might spot this eagle.


20 waterfront campsites with W/E(20/30/50A) hookups - $24 (Winter)-$28 (Summer)

53 wooded campsites with W/E(20/30/50A) hookups - $19 (Winter)-$21 (Summer)

16 tent sites - $6 (Winter)-$10 (Summer)

Dump station, showers, laundry, free wi-fi

Fair VZW 3G coverage

Coordinates: 33.257257 North, 79.988985 West

Elevation: 81'

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