James E. Johnson Memorial RV Park

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James E. Johnson Memorial RV Park

Location

Installation
Camp Blanding National Guard Post, Starke, FL
GPS Coordinates
29.953617, -81.988963
Location Information
Starke, FL
RV Gate Coordinates
29.97947, -81.98505

Directions

Directions
FROM SOUTH - US-301: Look for Camp Blanding sign and turn right onto FL-16. Take FL-16 to main gate on the right. ---- FROM NORTH - I-10: Take exit 343 South onto US-301. Go 17 miles at sign for Camp Blanding onto Lake St(CO-225). Go 7 miles , turn left onto FL-16. Go 2 miles to main gate on right. ---- FROM MAIN GATE: After entering gate, turn left at intersection onto Avenue B. Go 2 miles and turn right onto Hollywood St. Check-in office is at the end of Hollywood St. Turn South onto Avenue A and campground is around the corner on the right.

Contact Information

Phone Number
(904) 682-3104
Mailing Address
Camp Blanding Recreational Department, 5629 SR 16 West, BLDG #1530, Starke, FL 32091

Campground Information

Available Downloads
Authorized Users
Active Duty, Retirees, National Guard, Reservists, 100% DAV, Public with an approved "Associate Membership" (call office)
Season
Year round.
Reservations
Required with first night's deposit up to 90 days in advance.
Internet Access
There is a dial up connection in the office with a limit of 45 minutes per day. Strong Verizon signal.
Mail Forwarding
Campground office will accept mail for guests.
Pet Information
Allowed with usual leash and clean-up rules. 2 pet limit. There is a $2.75 per pet fee.
Campground Information
Maximum stay 21 days. Office offers "Associate Membership" to the public. Call the office for details.
Big Rig Friendly?
Yes
Facilities
2 tent limit per primitive site. There is a new Wal-mart super center in Starke, Fl. about 15 miles from the Campground. There is a small px with limited food supplies available on post.
Amenities
  • Dump, Sewer
  • Water
  • Electric
  • Tent Area
  • Showers
  • Playground
  • Picinic Area
  • Beach
  • Fishing
  • Boating, Boat Rentals
  • Shoppete
  • Museum

Site Information

Type of site
Spaces
Hook-ups
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
RV Site
29
W/30,50A/S
$25
N/A
N/A
RV Site
12
W/20,30.50A
$20
N/A
N/A
Primitive
57
W
$14
N/A
N/A

Other Information

Dining Hall Policy
Firearms Policy
Must register firearms at gate (Military police bldg) after register at campground. You can keep firearms with RV.
Weather Information

Located on Lake Kingsley, offering many beautiful sunsets.

Attachments

  • File Description
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  • New RV Area Map
    Map of the "new sites."
    122 KB

Map

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Oct 1 - 21 2015

This was our first time at this park. If you read any of my other reviews, you know I don't use numbers. I either like or dislike a FamCamp. Well I LIKE IT !!! Reserved 2 weeks, stayed 3. Our rate was pay for 5 days get 2 free, Great deal. By the lake, trees & bushes, sites not too close to each other, and full hook-ups. Internet is available if you pay. We had a concrete site with fire ring, grill, and table. Most sites have a view of the water and are easy to get in to. A little bit of a drive to town, but I like it that way, no road noises. During the weekends, park was about 90% occupied and it was still very peaceful. They have a great museum of WW2 equipment, from planes to bullets and every thing else in between. Great place to spent some time. No laundry on base, we went to Middleburg {12 miles) to do laundry. A few post back mentioned pets, they are allowed in the famCamp only, there is even a dog park for them, but no where else on base. We had a great time here and will definitely return.

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March 31 2015

We only stayed one night on the way across the state. After spending time in the Tampa area this was wonderful! Starke appeared to be a nice town with good shopping. The base is a bit off the beaten path but we didn't have to backtrack the next day to head north so it was fine. I was able to book and pay for the site by phone with no delays speaking to a very polite person when we were about an hour out. We were in pull thru site #2, gravel but nicely landscaped and spacious. The park was only about 30% occupied so it was very peaceful. Enjoyed walking around the lake and checking out the other newer areas. We heard it's usually very busy on weekends tho so maybe wouldn't have enjoyed it as much then. Did not use any of the facilities so can't comment on that. We'd do another mid-week stay here again.

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18 - 27 Oct 2014

Not sure what previous reviewer meant about pets. A number of folks in the campground had their pets with them. However, pets are not allowed on the rest of the base. But little reason to visit the rest of the base as there are little other resources on the base. We enjoyed our stay and will be back but we got off to a rocky start. We had occasion to arrive several days early and called them repeatedly that AM from about 0900 until we got here at 1140 and there was no answer! When I asked them why they were not answering their phone they got all huffy about it "They do answer the phone!" They were not in the office when we arrived and did not return from lunch until 1315. So if you need them don't wait until the last minute to call.

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July 21, 2014

I am not sure of the date, but I want to say this is the first place were we were going to stay until they told us about there pet rule! why is this the only one? we didn't know until we got there! as long as you clean up and keep them tide up what diffrence does it make! as long as you take care of them, They are not pet friendly at all!! we never stay there and anyone who love animals should not ether, base need to change this. Dianne Parker

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March 1, 2014

The RV park is run by MWR, not by the billeting office. In making our reservations, we learned that all RV sites have been upgraded and are now 20/30/50 with water and sewer or, as we love to say, full hookup. The older section known as Camp Johnson, sites 1-29, is really nice with lots of trees for shade and an unobstructed view of the lake. They also have picnic areas and swings right on the water. Very peaceful, very nice. The newer section, sites 31-49, is down the road a bit. This area is all paved sites and, unfortunately, they stripped out all vegetation. You still have access to the lake but it is not as nice as the old section. We do not use and did not evaluate public facilities. We live local and will definitely come back so will check them out next time around.

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(Updated: November 09, 2015)
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March 1st 2012 to April 15 2012

Stayed here for 6 weeks. Quite at times. Local people use the camp ground on week ends. Alot of people with boats. Both fishing and recreational. With two cars and a boat at your site makes it a bit crowded. Real pretty campground. We stayed in the new section. All sites are spaced so everyone can see some of the lake from there site. You can walk or jog on Avenue A. When the traffic goes by you they are suppose to slow to 15 MPH. This doesn't happen as the locals use just one speed. (fast) Not patrolled very well. The laundry room is located next to the billeting area. This is ok. At least they have one although it is dirty and very expensive compared to other bases. Bathroom are only located in the primitive area(tent). Used them once and never again. They should be torn down and rebuilt. They are beyond repair The fees are high compared to other bases. I don't know where their money goes. Not back into there facilities. We have seen prisoners policing the grounds, but thats it. Some of the buildings and table covers along with the sign frames need painting. There are host in the old area and tent area. We saw the host in the old area once. The other two we never saw. The host in the tent area are poor examples as there site was not neat and kept up. don't know whet their responsibility is, but its not cleaning. The campground is run by the recreation and not the MWR. You have pay a state tax on your site fee. Dogs are charged for staying. This is great, but some campers thought it was ok to let there dogs run without a leash. They have a very nice restaurant next to the recreation office. You can also eat with the troops in the consolidated mess. Both places have good prices. I would stay again, but it would be in the old area.

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(Updated: February 29, 2012)
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23 Feb 2012

Found the campground to be an excellent choice. I can't speak of the facilities i.e. bath house etc. as we did not need them. People were nice when we checked in, and we had no problems while we were there for 5 nights. I did find water pressure to be a little low, but no other problems. Access into Blanding was easy, guard came out and directed us to outside lane to avoid getting too close to guard house. All in all a very pleasant experience except for having to drive to Starke for any dining outside the campsite. No cable or Wi-fi, but antenna brought in a number of acceptable channels.

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December 01, 2011

The girls at the office are not very friendly, and are less than helpful. However we discussed the issues with the new manager and she plans to address the problems. The bathrooms are old and need updating. Wish they offered WiFi. This park could be a great winter destination (peaceful and on a lake) with a few adjustments.

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Nov 28, 2011

they have done away with weekly rates, now either daily or monthly. The dry camp rate INCREASED 40% to $14! They are not using the sites they added electricity to. Partial has gone up to $16 and full $18. I think it is ridiculous to pay $14 just to park in a field. Using your own generator and water, so it really costs them nothing. We were going to stay a couple weeks, but not now!

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(Updated: March 06, 2011)
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March 4 - 6, 2011

They have made several improvements here in the last year or so. The formerly dusty pot hole plagued road in the "old" RV section has been paved - sort of. They have put down old ground up asphalt from who knows where and compacted it very well. Not a perfect paving job, but a welcome improvement nonetheless. They have also added a couple of covered pavilions with tables, fire pits, and grills. The biggest change is the new RV section located on the other side of the primitive area. This has 20 full hook up sites with long, wide, level concrete pads. There are now 50 full hook up sites plus the five located in the primitive area. The only poor part of this is that they clear cut all the trees and destumped the area in order to make it easier to put the utilities underground. Hopefully they will plant some tree in this area to provide some shade in the years to come. The sites are also a bit close together, but not oppressively so. Adding bath houses to the two RV sections would be O.K., but a more welcome improvement would be putting laundry facilities in the quonset hut where the office is located. There is plenty of room in there and I've got to believe this could easily be a revenue generator for the operation.

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December 1, 2010

C.H. left this review using the Directory software: We paid a day-trip visit to Blanding and drove through the campgrounds - I say that because there are now in effect three. They have done a lot of work on the camping facilities, but unfortunately that does not include the bathhouse. It's still in pretty bad shape. In the original RV camp loop, they have cleared out a lot of trees, making it much brighter. At the north end of the loop are nine new sites. In the "primitive" tent loop, there are 4-5 newer RV sites. Just to the south of the tent loop is a brand new RV loop with what looked to be pretty level cement pads with hookups. Ted Houghton

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(Updated: November 15, 2010)
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Nov 3 - 30, 2010

We were here a week and loved it so much decided to stay another 3 weeks. This is the off season for this recreational facility so stay limit of 21 days does not apply. Pay for 2 days and 3rd day is free. We are in the new section and have it all to ourselves. Very quiet and dark at night. They have a very strict pet policy (which is good). Other campgrounds I have complained because dogs have been left in the campers all day, alone and barking. Not here. In fact they have a section where no dogs are allowed, also no dogs on post.If you have a dog it is limited to the campground and cannot be left alone. There is no commissary, but they have a consolidated dinning facility that is so reasonable ($4.75) we eat there more times a week than I cook. There is also a restaurant beside the campground office which is open several times during the week. Nice roads for walking and a small gym. Laundry room was not very clean. Camp Blanding is in the middle of nowhere but we have found many places to ride our motorcycle, flea markets, St. Augustine, Jacksonville, the Ocala Forest, Orange Park, the dog track. And a great little seafood restaurant outside the gate to the left. We will stay here again.

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2009 and 2010

A.H. left this recview using the Directory software: Have visited Camp Blanding twice but never again. They cater more to locals then to military community. Was there a couple of months, had to move sites several times. Pet policies are ridiculous. Had to move from main site to primitive, obviously took pet along. After being there a couple of days, host came by and said could not have pet there (I guess I was supposed to take pet off base and leave on hwy.) Met with campground administrator, he informed me, he had been there for almost 50 years and if I didn't like it I could leave. I did. Young girls in office were polite and courteous but knew nothing of campground management, once they took fees and assigned site, that was it. Campground was fine, administration of it is poor.

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1-30 March 2010

For some reason we've return to this facility three years in a row, each year discovering more history about Camp Blanding. Again this year, the camp hosts were not seen by us for the entire visit. We were able to stay at Primitive Site #1 with full hook-ups the entire time with no prior reservations. The primitive area does have a bath house which has cleaned about once a week. The closest laundry was at the lodge (it was not clean). They are working on 18 more sites with bath and laundry facilities. If you visit, don't miss the museum. It is small but very informative. Learn about the post and the German POW camp and the roll Camp Blanding played in WW II.

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Feb. 28-March 8, 2010

Stayed here from Feb. 28-March 8. Very pleasant stay. Our reserved site was #4, right on the lake...beautiful view and excellent site to put out our canoe. I would recommend reserving this site. View from camper at sunset was gorgeous! Office was closed when we arrived, but went over the next morning and had no trouble signing in. TV reception and cell phone service was very good. Starke was the nearest city but was only around 10-15 minutes away. There is a small exchange on base with limited items. We really enjoyed our stay...and the weather FINALLY warmed up. As was stated in other reviews, there are no bathroom facilities in the RV section, but we didn't need them. Only problem we had was a "tripped" transformer that supplied our site and the one next to us. A squirrel triggered the tripping...one FRIED squirrel!! We reported the problem and within a couple of hours, the transformer was fixed. We would eagerly recommend this Famcamp for anyone wanting a relaxing and quiet time. Don't know what it's like in the summer, but winter was great.

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13-16 Feb 2010

Arrived with reservation, No camp host, was away on duty. Checked with Asst. Host who had no list of incoming folks, said to take any empty site. I did. The next day was told I was in a site that had been reserved for the previous two weeks, just hadn't shown up. I had to move. Would have been nice if names of incoming campers were posted on the campsite post and the reservation dates. Would make it much easier to locate your site, especially after hours. Site was great, on water, level, FHU. Interior roads could use some work, pot holes, water. Lot of "locals" using campground, not sure how that works. Great place to enjoy nature, fish, swim, boat, walk, bicycle...crystal clear lake with sand bottom and piers. Limited shopping, stock up in Stark eleven miles away. About 30 miles from Jacksonville NAS. Good TV reception on antenna from Jax and satellite easy to set up. No bath house in this side of park, are a couple on tent camper side but too far to be useful for RV campers. No washer/dryers or internet. Dining facility nearby offering meals, but not every day, schedule posted.

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Feb. 7, 2010

Stopped by to check the place out. Nice, quiet campground. If you're looking for a place that doesn't have a long waiting list and isn't near a lot of stores and tourists, this is a the place. Price is good for this location.

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April 21, 2009

G. B. left this review using the Directory software: What pleasant surprise. The camp ground is on a lake shore of a nearly perfect round example of a Florida sink hole lake (estimate it's about 2 miles in diameter). CG is clean and quiet. The roads are hard packed gravel/shell surfaces. We have a full hook up (50 amp/'water/sewer) which is better than many other sites I've visited. The paved pads are large (my 40 foot coach has lots of room) and are quite level. Many of the sites face the lake. The grounds have several trees but there are a number of sites that are open and have unrestricted access to sat TV signals. We're only here for one night but I'll definitely come back for a longer stay just see if the lake has a fish population commensurate with it clarity and cleanliness. It appears you can beach or anchor your boat on the shore in front of you site. If you're considering boating, I ask the friendly office folks for guidance on this subject before you come. The office hours are from 0830 at 1630.

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17-24 Jan 2009

Jean (office lady) was friendly enough, stayed in my FW for a week while I was working with an ARNG BN on the north part of the camp; other reviews are accurate: beautiful lake-front campground but many semi-absentee "6-month" stayers limits site availability; poorly thought out landscaping has probably done more harm than good in area around newer sites; (I have posted latest site map so you can see the added sites others have described); base PX is OK (small "field" PX but adequate); Starke is 10-min down SR16 to W; JAX outskirts is about 30 mins NE and St Augustine is about 30 min SE; I got about 12 channels (digital and analog) with a standard roof antenna; you can launch boats/canoes etc from the shore or the nearby REC dock; there's a Conference Center/Restaurant within walking distance (Moody Hall, see REC Area map) that opens for daily meals on weekdays; concur that a bath house in the RV area and laundry facility would be most welcome. The primitive area had the 5 pads mentioned previously as well as several partial (no sewer) sites which serve as overflow when the RV area is full. The lake is beautiful, clear and does, indeed, have great sunsets.

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(Updated: May 17, 2008)
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20 JAN - 2 FEB 2008

Camp Blanding is an Army National Guard post which seems fairly deserted. Not much troop activity that we could see. There is a barber shop on post, but it's only open on Thurs, Fri and Sat. There is no commissary here and only a tiny exchange, which is sort of like an old country store with a little bit of everything but actually nothing that is of any use! Has a coin laundry. Not a particularly friendly RV office lady. Had mounds of fire ants outside our trailer. It's an 11 mile drive into Starke to get groceries. It's a very economically depressed area. Lots of shacks and delapidated houses along the drive. Have only one TV station here - ABC. It's a good strong signal though and cell signal is good. No cable TV. It really is pretty here. We were in the primitive section where there are 5 slabs with full hookups, which looked like the best place to be, as we drove around to check everything out. We were right on a lake, which we heard was created from a meteor, many years ago. They have a nice little beach. We had a real nice view of the lake from our living room area. You can hear occasional cannons going off and troops running to cadence nearby. You can walk out onto a nearby pier. There are herons and the water is VERY clear. We even saw an eagle in flight. Went to the Chapel on post on Sunday but it was locked up tighter than a drum. There is a museum on post and a mess hall.

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