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Shields RV Park

Location

Installation
Gulfport Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, MS
GPS Coordinates
30.381611, -89.1045
Location Information
Gulfport, MS
RV Gate Coordinates
30.38054, -89.10402

Directions

Directions
From I-10, exit 34, take Highway 49 south for exactly 4 miles to PASS Road. Turn right (west) and continue straight on Pass Road through the gate. (Use Burger King as your landmark to find Pass Road. There is a tiny sign for the base). Turn right at first turn on John Paul Jones Ave. RV park is on the right."

Contact Information

Phone Number
(228) 871-5435 or (228) 437-0941
Fax Number
(228) 871-7179
Mailing Address
Shields RV Park, 454 Katrina Court, Gulfport, MS 39501

Campground Information

Authorized Users
Active, National Guard, Reservists, Retired, 100% DAV. DoD Civilians, Guests.
Season
Year round.
Reservations
Accepted.
Internet Access
Free WiFi throughout the park.
Mail Forwarding
USPS: Personal lock boxes (mailbox) for each site available at park office. ---- UPS/FedEx: (Your Name), Shields RV Park Site # (???), 454 Katrina Court, Gulfport, MS 39501
Pet Information
TWO pets allowed with usual leash and clean-up rules - STRICTLY enforced! See Shields RV Park website for details on pet rules.
Campground Information
No tents allowed. There is no stay limit. SOme sites are saved for short-term stays (14 days or less). Overflow is at park entrance.
Big Rig Friendly?
Yes
Amenities
  • Dump, Sewer
  • Water
  • Electric
  • Laundry
  • Showers
  • Playground
  • Golf
  • Library
  • Commissary
  • Exchange
  • Shoppete
  • Snack Bar
  • Movie Theater
  • Museum
  • Post Office

Site Information

Type of site
Spaces
Hook-ups
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Hardstand
68
W/30,50A/S/C
$21.50
$126
$405
Overflow
4
None
$10.63
N/A
N/A

Other Information

Firearms Policy
Firearms must be checked in with Base Security. No firearms are allowed within the campground.
Weather Information

In late 2007, the original RV Park was removed for base housing after hurricane "Katrina". In early 2009, the new RV Park opened for business. This is a great place to visit.

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Mar 8-11, 2016

This was our second visit. We enjoy staying here when going west/east on I-10. I concur about gps goofing us up - go to main gate (off 25th St), you can see park off to your right. Being told we could not take pets if directed to shelter is disconcerting. Always cool and windy when we pass through, but do appreciate pavement/concrete sites throughout. We definitely make a reservation during snowbird periods to get a site. Enjoy the area! Great group of recreational/social pickleballers (many military retirees) at two locations. http://www.usapa.org/places-to-play-pickleball/ We did not use restrooms/showers/laundry. 

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June 3, 2016

We stayed there for one night on our way to Florida. We found the facility to be very nice. The gps coordinates took us off I-10 (west bound) too early, but other than that there were no problems. If we go back via I-10 to our home in the West, we'll stay there again.

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16 Dec 2015 - 12 Mar 2016

We didn't have a bad stay and would go back.  HOWEVER, there are limitations to the place.  I love the Gulfport/Biloxi area. There is lots to see and do there especially if you are a casino lover; there are several within a 20 mile radius.  We found southern hospitality, both on and off the bases (NCBC & Keesler AFB) to be truly endearing and memorable.  For us Yankees our first Mardi Gras was a real hoot!  Great food and the beautiful Gulf.  It was decent to walk the dogs around the perimeter of the park and the dog park on the other side of the base was nice.  Both of the bases have decent Exchanges and commissaries as well as the usual Thrift Shop, Auto Hobby Shop, gas station, etc.  The limitations of life at Shields RV Park are the (afore-mentioned) Warden and the lack of organized activities for the campers. The staff did make attempts; Christmas and Super Bowl Parties, but for the most part you are pretty much on your own.  Campers were trying to gin up activities like going out for Taco Tuesday, an occasional breakfast, etc. And when the weather cleared folks were out and about more and friendships were formed. Camper Max will gladly help you repair things and his dog Boo is always friendly.  It would just be a better place if there were more organization and group activities.  As for The Warden: There is a real problem w/ customer service there.  We usually got the feeling that we were bothering her if we had to go to the office for something... anything!  At times it seemed like the whole park was her personal giant-sized chess board.  She sure did a whole lot of moving units around; SEVERAL people we met were required to move to a different site at some time or other during their stay.  It's bad enough having to move a motorhome, but a major pain to do it with a 5er or a TT.  Two couples we know ended up being in at least three different sites during their stay and in one case the site they had to vacate sat empty for four days before another unit moved into it.  The other side of the coin for the staff is Edward.  He's wonderful, helpful, efficient, caring, and lots of fun.  There is a new (additional) RV park being added on the back side of the base near SeaBee Lake, it's probably now open and in use by the time this is being written.  It's a beautiful facility and seems like it'll be nice.  I'm not sure why, unless it was because of space limitations, but none of the sites are pull-throough.  That's workable, but why, oh why build a brand new site and not put in wifi and TV Cable???  Dumb!   Storms... yeah, a couple were forecast and every time we were very firmly informed that the shelter for the park is the showers. AND then informed that dogs were not allowed in the shelter.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME???  There is NO WAY anyone in that park was going to leave their animals in the RV and go to a shelter without them.  Ain't gunna' happen!  The prevalent sentiment of all we spoke with was, "My animals are going with me and she can kiss my ***."  Hey Shields staff:  We were staying at the camp on Maxwell AFE when a tornado was spotted.  The base police came out and escorted all campers to the shelter and everybody's dogs were certainly welcome. Get with the program!

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July 25 through August 25 2015

This facility is awesome, Diana and Edward were very helpful and responsive to our needs. The bath house was clean and neat. The only drawback was the lack of shade. The afternoons were very hot and a shady area would have been a good respite from the sun.

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July 2015

This is a great campground and everyone we've met has been helpful. The security force at the gate is the most pleasant, professional group we've seen. The directions were perfect. Most of the sites are pull through. The pad is concrete and has a picnic table. They do not allow slides to extend beyond the concrete pad over the grass. There is a nice laundry, a small commissary, exchange and gas station on base. The manager told me there are plans to build 35 more sites. There are some homesteaders in the campground, but their sites are not cluttered and look neat. The literature they gave me says there is a six month limit on stays but goes on to say they support active duty living in the campground and it sounds like there is no limit for them. This is off season here and the the CG is less than 50% full with most of those appearing to be long term. I'm sure it's very busy here in the winter. I did see a half dozen sites with signs saying they are for stays of 14 days or less. A great place to visit the local casino's.

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April 27, 2015

We did not stay here, just stopped in to check things out. It wasn't busy at all, only about a third of the sites were occupied. It was very quite and the campsites were neat but I'm sure that most of the RVers were homesteading. There is a small exchange and commissary on base and a Subway and that's all I need. I definitely would stay here.

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APRIL 2015

Good sites and paved roads. The rail tracks in the photos are not in use, but trains can be heard from other tracks about a mile away. The neighborhood has men who express their manhood with loud pipes and radios. Management is right in the center of the campground, no need to search for a remote MWR building. The base is compact. The bathhouse wa dirty upon arrival and not cleaned the 8 days we were there.

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April 2015

The directions here was spot on! Very easy to find this base. They have a fitness center with a gym, handball, a pool and kids can swim free. Nice small exchange and commisary has everything you need and very good prices on meats! Downside is RV park is not kid friendly or pet friendly. Rules and management is very strict. Kids are not allowed to leave site alone or ride bikes without parents. Pets can only be in a designated area near the perimeter, not allowed on grass, leashes can not be more then 6ft long. They are also very strict about the grass here. Nothing is allowed to be on or touch the grass, slides on RV can not over hang above the grass. It rained the whole time we stayed here and water pools up on sites.

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June 3, 2014

We were there out of season so there was plenty of spaces. The spaces were excellent, level easy entrance. While there I visited the FamCamp, there sites were not comparable to Shields. Shields sites were all level and easy entrance and plenty of space between sites. Not so at the FamCamp. There is no question to it, shields is the best.

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April 5, 2014

Q.C. left this review using the Directory software: - Excellent facilities, friendly personnel.

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May 12, 2014

This was a one night stand. We called from the road and was given a site number because I estimated arrival time of about 1800. When we arrived, we noticed that the park was less than half occupied. Our site was perfect. One big note, if you plan to arrive after 1600 and if you call from the road, ask the person in the office for the bath and laundry room codes. We didn't need them but if you do and don't have the codes, you are out of luck. Also, WiFi is available but, you need a code for it also. And about the complaints about the train and road noise. I don't understand why people expect complete silence when they stay on a military base, especially a base like this one in the middle of town. As for the trains, they could run all night for all I care. I love it. This is our first overnight stay at this campground and would stay here again.

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26 Mar to 24 Apr 2014

We stayed "our first and only time here" at this campground for 30 days 26 Mar-24 Apr 2014. The day we arrived the campground warden informed us that there would be nothing on the grass or any jacks put on the asphalt. We paid our months rent and set up. I had put up a 2' high by 4' sq. dog pen on the concrete pad to keep our dogs in while we got the camp set up. With in 1 hour, Diana knocked on our door and said we COULD NOT have the pen set up, ITS IN THE RULES, we took it down. We looked at the rules all 5 PAGES. We went to Kessler campground to see if they had a spot to move to. They had 1 spot. We went back to Shields to pack up and move. We found in the rules that once you pay for a spot you can not get a refund if you want to leave on your own accord. So we were stuck there. The park itself is well laid out, however the location leaves a lot to be desired. Road noise, reefer trailer yard across the road with the reefers running all night can be heard. With a hospital located close by, sirens can be heard often, now for the trains, with several spur tracks close to the camp, and the rails crossing city streets, the engineers must blow the whistle a lot and continuous. There is no shade trees and the sun can get brutal. The sprinklers come on in the night a few times a week soaking anything you may have out, and leaving a pond on the pad. There is an activity room for gatherings (a single car garage) there is a TV on the wall, a table and chairs, and lawn equipment stacked around inside. There is only 1 window that is in the walk in door. In the time we were there no one ever used the activity room. This park attracts people going to the casinos, most folks were gone most of the time. There are 2 dog parks located on the base, however they are 3.3 miles from the campground requiring a trip in a vehicle to get there and the dog parks are infested with fire ants. The area to walk your dogs in the campground is also loaded with fire ants. Edward who works in the park sometimes, is super. The base facilities are adequate. Kessler has a much larger commissary and exchange. Access to the beaches is super. The area east and west along the coast has small towns which are worth the visit. For first time visitors, I would suggest that they only pay for 1 or 2 nights to make sure you would like it there. We would have moved the next day, but paid for a month. The MWR Supervisors need to visit and talk with the people who stay there and get some ideas of ways to improve the campground. A better club house where people can gather, a dog park located in the campground, customer service people who know what customer service is. Maybe even some volunteer camp hosts after hours and weekends could spur get together with campers. Maybe a look at Pensacola NAS Oak Grove FamCamp for some great ideas.

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5-7 April 2014

This was our second stay at this park. It's roomy, open, and flat. Concrete pads are nice. We were here for only two nights so didn't use the laundry. Staff is friendly. Hookups all worked well. Be sure to use a water regulator as the pressure is quite high. They have strict rules about making sure nothing is placed on the grass, including hoses and our satellite dish. I had to set the dish/tripod up on the concrete, so had to weight it down (gallon milk jug filled with water), rather than stake it down. There are some comments about train/traffic noise on previous reviews. We have double-pane windows and couldn't hear any noise. Beach is only a couple of miles away, which is nice. Overall a nice experience, and we'll be back.

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Mar 2-9, 2014

L.R. left this review using the Directory software: - Customer service was excellent. Facilities were maintained in an OK manner. Commissary/BX were moderate size and selection good. Although not warranted by shopping needs, I stopped into Keesler AFB. They have the mega-commissary/BX complex. Shields is indeed easy to enter/find; is treeless so may cause issues in summer. As others have noted there is ample train noise and a major thoroughfare/truck terminal borders one edge of the famcamp creating street noise. I would return again in shoulder or winter seasons. Navy appears to be using Go Wifi as a provider and this signal is well above average comparing it to other places advertising free wifi.

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March 23, 24 2014

One of the reasons we stopped here was it is supposed to be "Big Rig Friendly" ... while it is, we were told we would have to park our trailer and weren't allow (against the rules) to park with it attached... My Harley is inside and I keep it attached everywhere I go. It's my portable garage. The sites here will accommodate a 37 foot rig like mine with a 14 foot trailer, but the "rules" say I'm supposed to park my trailer elsewhere... why??? All the crappy cars and trucks parked in front of or behind the other rigs out in the part don't have to be put with the trailers so what's up... If anyone that matters reads this you need to fix this "Rule" ... I won't be back ... besides, the noise from trains and other stuff makes this park suck anyway... the only good thing is the price for a full hookup... and I can do better elsewhere in all departments.

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Feb 10 thru 27, 2014

I agree with most of the comments. It is a very nice park with the exception of it's location. The park is located next to a very busy highway and across the street from a Family Dollar store with lights blaring at the park. As someone mentioned, trains all day and night and the conductors love to sound the horns. Sirens are abundant on the highway next to the camp. Very nice base - the NEX and commissary are nice. Need a privacy fence or trees desperately.

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12 January 2014 to 2 February 2014

My first time camping here, this park was built after Katrina and is well laid out with very level concrete pads to park on. Park workers are very friendly and courteous. Had an electrical problem 20 amp 110 receptacle GFCI was not working and it was repaired within an hour. All washers and dryers worked and cost less than any other park we have been at. The laundry room was very clean. Now for the bad, the park is wide open, no trees at all, across the street to the north there is a large parking area for tractor trailers and the reefer units are running all night. More trains here in Gulfport than I cared to listen to at all hours through the night, again with no trees it was very noisy. Although the restrooms were clean the showers were not. Doesn't seem the staff likes to clean showers. We are here for a month leaving on the 2nd of February, I will not be back, I will stay at a commercial RV park down the street.

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December 13, 2013

We had a great experience here. Stopped here for two days on our way to south Texas for the winter. Ended up adding a third day. We found the gate personnel (one SeaBee and one civilian) to be extremely courteous. The base sticker on the motorhome was expired, but only had to show ID's. Office personnel very courteous and helpful. Most all the sites are pull-trough's and easy to maneuver. Any size rig will fit comfortably. Park is very easy to access from the gate on Pass Road. The directions on this website are spot on (I always worry about this). PX and commissary are better more than adequate, but a bit on the small side. Should you want to visit Biloxi and Keesler, it is a bit of a drive. Take highway 90 to get there and use I-10 to return. We will definitely return for a longer stay. Finally, I saw some complaints on this website about the staff and the pricing. The staff were great and where can you get full hookup with 50 amp service, paved roads and concrete pads for 21 bucks?!?!

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Nov 19 - Dec 9 2013

The staff, Diana, Edward and Rob were very helpful and friendly. I really appreciated the reservation system. On our original day of departure, we popped a fan belt, called back to the RV park and asked for a few more days in our old site and were able to return. We stayed through the bad weather in TX and hit the road on Monday. We arrive home safe and sound. My only complaint was with the base medical clinic. I experience a bad fall and my injury became infected. I went to the on base clinic for assistance, presented my ID card, and was asked how old I was. I stated I was 69 and was told that I was too old to be seen since I was over 65. I did go to Keesler AFB medical and was treated. Keesler medical was an awesome group of folks.

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Feb 2009-Aug 2013

Could be a nice rv park if managed properly. Manager/MWR aren't worried about anything other than collecting your money. The rent has been raised every year for the last 4 years and is now going to be $405 come Oct 1 and they aren't offering anything more than they did in 09 at $265. You can stay out in town and get more for the same or less money if you look around a little. We've all earned the privilege to stay on base but it's no longer a value. Restroom and laundry room are not cleaned, spider webs and odor in the restroom, even the office is unkept. Recommend you pay in cash, the computer stores your CC numbers and they won't tell you that. I moved off base 5 miles from the base for less money and unless some extenuating circumstance arises will not move back. Some people have stayed and had good reports, I can tell you after being stationed here on and off for the last 4 years it's gone down hill. If you choose to stay here lower your expectations and you'll probably be ok. Too bad Bill, Veda and Leon aren't still around.

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