Short Stay Recreation Area

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Short Stay Recreation Area
Short Stay Recreation Area
Short Stay Recreation Area
Short Stay Recreation Area
Short Stay Recreation Area
Short Stay Recreation Area
Short Stay Recreation Area
Short Stay Recreation Area
Short Stay Recreation Area
Short Stay Recreation Area
Short Stay Recreation Area
Short Stay Recreation Area
Short Stay Recreation Area
Short Stay Recreation Area

Location

Installation
Joint Base Charleston, SC
GPS Coordinates
33.256684, -79.987284
Location Information
Charleston Navy Weapons Station, SC
RV Gate Coordinates
33.257594, -79.9846

Directions

Directions
FROM THE NORTH: Take I-95 to exit 122 SouthEast on US-521. Follow US-521 for 22 miles to US-52. Turn South and go another 26 miles to Manigult Dr. Turn right and go another .6 miles and veer to the right as the road changes names to Old Black Creek Rd. At end of the road, turn left onto Short Stay Rd. Campground is at the end of the road. ---- FROM THE SOUTH: Take I-26 to exit 199 East on US-17 Alternate. In about 18 miles, turn North on US-52. In about 1.5 miles, turn left on to Powerhouse Rd. There's a sign for the Rec Area. Go .25 miles and turn right onto Old Black Creek Rd. At the end of the road, turn left onto Short Stay Rd. Campground is at the end of the road.

Contact Information

Phone Number
(843) 743-2608 or (843)761-8353
Fax Number
(843) 761-4792
Mailing Address
Short Stay JB Charleston, 211 Short Stay Road, Moncks Corner, SC 29461
Email Address
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Campground Information

Authorized Users
Active, National Guard, Reservists, Retired, 100% DAV. DoD Civilians, Guests.
Season
Year round.
Reservations
Accepted, but not by Email.
Internet Access
Wi-Fi available (only near the office).
Pet Information
Allowed with the usual leash and clean-up rules.
Campground Information
Tents and waterfront RV sites can stay up to 30 days. Rates vary depending on season. Low season is November - February. Lodging rates vary on season and type of lodging. Large rental halls also available. $1 per person day use fee. Annual and group day passes available. Rentals available includes 2BR Villa, 3BR Villa, Roundetta, 1BR Log Cabin, 2BR Log Cabin, Bunk House, Clubhouse, Conference Center, boats of various sizes.
Big Rig Friendly?
Yes
Facilities
Propane, Game room, Volleyball, Conference Center.
Amenities
  • Dump, Sewer
  • Water
  • Electric
  • Tent Area
  • Laundry
  • Showers
  • Playground
  • Picinic Area
  • Fishing
  • Boating, Boat Rentals
  • Boat Ramp
  • Shoppete
  • Swimming
  • Snack Bar
  • Marina

Site Information

Type of site
Spaces
Hook-ups
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
RV Sites (Waterfront)
17
W/30,50A/CATV
$21 - $25
$161 - $133
N/A
RV Sites (Wooded)
68
W/30A
$16 - $18
$98 - $112
$405 - $420
Camper/Tent
17
None
$6 - $10
$38.50 - $70
$120 - $300
Cabins, Villas, Pavilions
38
Full
$30 - $325
N/A
N/A

Other Information

Weather Information

Lakeside campground with great fishing. Boat rentals, cabins, and villas available for rent.

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2.0

August 3-21, 2017

I had just left the Navy RV campground in Kings Bay Ga. the number rated campground in the military,only to come to one dirty campground at short stay. I mean all there is trash from one end to the other. The full timers in the park is worst than ever. My understanding is they can stay for one year,and must leave for one day. Oh wow, during that year you collect stuff,which junks up the park. One site has a RV, one large boat,3 golf carts, a covered up pile of whatever,a work truck which is loaded with all kinds of carpenter gear. This one is of the better sites. None of the site are the same size,some could be two sites,this is one of them. I really hate the way this park has gone hill,and it stems from change of command. If I was a first time camper and saw this mess I would have second thoughts. I would like to make a comment about the lake front site,i have no idea who designed them,but I'm sure it had to been a Clemson Engineer, the sites are made for 5th wheels, and pull behinds. Real RV's class "A" need to be able to pull in so they can have the view of the lake.The office staff,are professional and should be realized for their work, I would like to point out Jodie Adams,who during my three week she was one big help to me. I had to move and change my reservation dates and she was instrumental in doing so,Thank you Ray Wyatt USN Retired

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Aug 20-22, 2017

Worst experience ever. Two words, bed bugs. Rented a three bedroom cottage/townhouse and they are tired and run down. Could use a complete scrub down. Windows and doors don't shut properly blinds are broken and kitchen is dirty with stains on wood from many years of hands and never been cleaned. But the worst is waking up on the first morning to a bed stained with little blood stains from my husband and I being munched on by bed bugs in condo number 13. We freaked out they offered condo number 10 to move to. We did a thorough inspection before we moved in and that too had bed bugs. Fecking gross. We had to wash all of our things in hot water and inspect all of our things. we got a refund and got the heck out. I can deal with campy trust me this was a nightmare. Whole place needs a makeover and apparently a fumigation! Never again. 

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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

June 2014

We stayed 5 days, enjoyed the park greatly. Personnel were very friendly and always helpful. We visited Charleston while at the park and it was a short drive to any and all attractions as well as the beach. Our stay was so great we plan on returning in the future.

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Overall rating 
 
4.9
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5.0
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5.0
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4.0
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5.0
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5.0

17 - 21 June 2015

Stayed 4 nights and enjoyed the facility. We were a late check-in but the office was staffed by Security who showed us the available sites and helped us get checked in. During the week it is peaceful, the lake and beached are enjoyable. During the weekend the park did become crowded but not unruly or noisy. Our spot (site #75) was shaded and water and electric were provided. There is no sewage hook-up at the site so we had to use the dup station, which is very nice and clean. The restrooms were clean and working. My family and I enjoyed our stay and we will use this facility again if in the area.

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Overall rating 
 
3.8
Location 
 
5.0
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3.0
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5.0
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4.0
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3.0

16-21 June 2014

This was the 2nd time I hosted my biannual family reunion at Short Stay. Renting a waterside campsite for my camper and a couple of Villa for my family. All and all, a perfect place for such with only one exception and that is the tremendous amounts of goose crap EVERYWHERE!. The beach was so loaded with piles of goose droppings that all were walking around carefully. Kids where trying to dig the sand with toy shovels but Moms warned to just stay away. The morning raking by a tractor needs to be more frequent. I know money is tight with MWR but this is a health issue. Most of the Villa grounds were covered with piles of poop where the birds roost at night. Sidewalks, parking areas all loaded with droppings. The Canadian Geese are becoming more than temporary and for the few years we've been coming to Short Stay, they are growing in number as they are largely unmolested. I would rate all 5's except for the untended too poop piles. Please CLEAN UP THE POOP and give Short Stay back to us.

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4.7
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5.0
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5.0
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3.0
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5.0
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5.0

9 - 11 May 2014

We camped on the waterfront pad #15. PROS: The view out our back window was picturesque. The pads are new concrete and very wide and accessible. The office/store was clean and well stocked. Restrooms/showers are clean and well kept. Several times during the evenings we observed security patrolling the areas. The park was very busy this weekend, but we never heard loud music, noise or disturbing parties. CONS: The wifi works, but is very slow. There is no sewage system, but the dump station is close by. No cable. All and all, we had a great time and will return in the future.

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February 19, 2014

This place is a dump. In the RV section the homesteaders have it looking like the "hood." There is no host because no one will work for a 1099 and no pay. The lady in the store told us the host left because they were charging the host for living on-site. The place has no help and does not plan on getting help. This place would be a great location if someone would take charge and clean it up. Don't go into the bathrooms/showers. This should be removed from the camping list.

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(Updated: April 10, 2013)
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

Multiple times

I'm a native Charlestonian and I have been to Short Stay more times than I can count. I'm also a DoD employee. Short Stay is a wonderful place to spend time at. It certainly isn't the Isle of Palms with luxury accommodations, but I'd rather bring my family here than the beach! We've camped, stayed in the 1 room log cabin, and also stayed in the villas. Yeah, they are seriously out dated and worn out, but that's part of the charm of SS. We also enjoy renting their boats and hanging out in the lake. I will continue to support SS and spend my summertime weekends there with my family.

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(Updated: August 02, 2012)
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3.2
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3.0
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3.0
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3.0
Value 
 
4.0
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3.0

13 - 21 July 2012

Unlike other reviewers, we were greeted by the camphost Ms. Beth, who says she's been there fo'evah. She was helpful, and escorted us to our site (site #44 which is HUGE). She chatted with us while we were leveling the rig (36' that had tons of room to spare) and let us know of the happenings around the campground, the facilities, etc. Then a security guard came by with a tag for the car and a map of the place since we arrived after hours. So the hospitality was great, but I could only rate it three stars because the cleanliness wasn't so great. The bath house had clean toilets, but disgusting showers. The bathrooms at the front near the laundry and game rooms was very outdated, and dirty the three or four times I visited throughout the week. Laundry - 4 washers, 6 dryers (only 4 working though) - if it worked, it seemed to work well, so that was good. Boat ramp #1 was really shallow, but we were still able to put in there. "beach" area had duck poop en masse, and the swimming roped area was rather small, but always had a lifeguard around. Pros = location was convenient to my family in Summerville and Macedonia. Mostly quiet, folks definitely friendly. Great value at $13/night. Cons = 30 amp service (sweating like crazy when it got to 100 outside because we could only run one A/C unit), no sewage hook ups, and a severely outdated dumping station - old sump pump made that job much worse than it had to be.

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(Updated: July 23, 2012)
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1.0
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1.0
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1.0

23 Jul 2012

Had Truck problems in Virginia on the day before (Sunday) our scheduled reservation. Sent an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. last night, and called at 0730 to cancel my reservation. I gave all my info and then was greeted by "your $18 is not refundable". I asked about the refund policy which I could not find on the online info, and was told that a cancellation was required 30 days in advance.????? Now that is NOT very friendly, nor helpful. We stay at almost every military FamCamp we can find on our CONUS tour, but this is really ridiculous. Amber was willing to give me a credit but we are not coming back this way for another 10 years, maybe....Oh well, just a note of information for those wanting to stay at this facility...

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(Updated: July 23, 2012)
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1.6
Location 
 
5.0
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1.0
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1.0
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1.0
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1.0

July 20-22, 2012

We have never camped at Short Stay, this was our first time. We have gone here for picnics & family gatherings. Bathrooms are really old in the camp area. The ladies was somewhat clean, except for the showers. The mats were so gross that I had to keep my sandals on. The toilets were so old that the paint was coming off, I didn't know if it was dirty or not. The men's bathhouse was never cleaned, my husband went in there Friday night, it had poop on the seat and when we left early Sunday morning it never had been cleaned. He said the showers were so dirty. I agree that there isn't much updating that has been done in many years. The only friendly helpers were the desk help & one police officer.
We came out of the bathroom Saturday and we saw a condom by a big oak tree near there, there was dog poop on the grounds (smelled bad) looked bad!

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(Updated: July 02, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
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5.0
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3.0
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2.0
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5.0
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5.0

13-18 Jun 12

We stayed at Short Stay, 13-18 Jun 12 in campground spot 6 in a Fifth Wheel. We have stayed here several times. Totally enjoy the area easy to take day trip into Charleston. The campground could use some updating but not totally non-enjoybale. There seems to be several rigs that are extended stay and has a lot of items stored outside that makes for unsightly campsite. The same Camphost is there and we have been going for two years now at least 10 stays total. She has not once came to greet us and ask if we need anything. We asked this past stay about getting assistance with the fire pit clean out. She stated go to the front office and ask them. What is the Camphost suppose to do if not assist and greet campers? We have stayed at several FM's and by far this is the WORST Camphost ever.

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(Updated: June 26, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Location 
 
5.0
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4.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
2.0
Value 
 
3.0
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3.0

24 June 2012

I stayed one night at Short Stay, 24 June 2012 and was in villa #25. The place was clean but outdated...Old. The staff was across the board very friendly and professional. I figure the furnishing from the 1960's era. An example of an inexpensive fix not done would be the shower head. It was old and inadequate by any standard. The villa was stark and unfriendly but the location and neighbors were great. Of note, when I arrived I noticed the US flag was tattered and unserviceable. I brought it to the attention of the facility manager (Civilian) and was assured the flag would be replaced. If you go in the near future and do not see a new, serviceable flag...Ask why? By the way if you stay one night as I did...Bring a bar of soap.

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(Updated: May 01, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
3.4
Location 
 
5.0
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2.0
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2.0
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3.0
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4.0

May 28th through 30th 2012

I love Short Stay we go there quiet often as I like it better than going to the beach. This was our first stay at one of the Villas. It felt very dirty, there were hundreds of spiders and bugs IN the villa which was not comforting. The blankets and sheets are about 30 years old and have seen better days. The villas are okay I'd say 2 star kinda deal but they need to be cleaned better the carpets are nasty and you can smell it when you walk in (granted the building its self is old too). The floors were sticky and dirt everywhere, I don't know if it was jut our Villa but it was not pleasant. However, we had a lake front view and the sunset was beautiful. No complaints as far as the campground its self because like I said I love short stay and would diffidently recommend going but if your staying in a cabin or villa you might want to check it out first.

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(Updated: April 11, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
2.7
Location 
 
4.0
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2.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
1.0
Value 
 
3.0
Overall Experience 
 
3.0

April 6-10 2012

I have been using this RV park for 6 years plus,and i have never wrote and comment about it. I just want to say that the welcome aboard staff at the check-in office are a outstanding group of people,and that the camp host is one of the best in the business. Thank you. However the grounds it self are so dis-organized that it can be confusing. Site are so spread out,and some are really close,and the park lets you store any and everything on your site,that it overflows onto other sites. Kids,dogs,run wide,quite times are NEVER enforced. This place could be one heck of a rv park if only there were uniformity here and that the rules were carried out. Fines need to be placed on people that let there dogs run wild and also not cleaning up after them. The sites need to be cleaned up and all the trash that rvers collect on their site needs to be discarded,in other words the mind-set of the people that live or visits short stay needs cleaning up as enforcing the rule,have better security. The bath houses are usually cleaned cleaned twice,which it should be,but once they are the pits,because of the people not cleaning up,and allowing their kids to use the place as a play area. I know this will take time,and a effort by all. 50 amps electric would be nice.

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(Updated: April 01, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

MARCH 19 - 31, 2012

I'm not a number rater, either I like a campground or I don"t. Well, I like this famcamp! Had electric and water hookups. Large sites. Very clean, had staff cleaning park every day. Park was almost full and very quite. Lake was beautiful. Will certainly come here again.

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(Updated: September 18, 2011)
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Location 
 
3.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
4.0
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3.0
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5.0
Overall Experience 
 
3.0

September 15-19, 2011

Great place to stay, price is right and campground is good. Our complaint was security. First night there we had a dog next door barking and yowling until after 1am. Second night there same campsite had a loud party going on. We called security and complained, they went to the site and left and the noise did not stop. We were awake until 2am listening to it. Next day, we go to park across from the conference center to pick up wifi. One security car came by and said nothing. Another came and told us we could not park there. Day before there were at least 10 cars parked there as they were having a festival at the conference center. We are disappointed security was not more aware of what was going on.

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(Updated: September 11, 2011)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Location 
 
4.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
4.0
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5.0
Value 
 
5.0
Overall Experience 
 
5.0

Aug 30 to Sep 06 2011

Very accommodating as we arrived w/o reservations and were given site over Labor Day weekend. Only real negative is housekeeping of restrooms/bath house. Not very thorough cleaning. Wonderful facilities, gorgeous views, friendly patrons. Most staff pleasant; some were smug and rude. Overall wonderful.

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(Updated: September 21, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
4.9
Location 
 
5.0
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4.0
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5.0
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5.0
Overall Experience 
 
5.0

27 June- 9 July 2011

This was our 2nd visit and probably wont be back. The only problems we seen were with the campers and not the campgrounds. We camp with a dog, when we walk him we take along a bag to clean up after him. It seems some people don't bother doing so. People seemed to leave their trash throwing about making it look like a trailer park.

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Overall rating 
 
5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

Aug 14, 2010

Short Stay is so easy to get to and the accommodations are more than ample no matter what area you stay in. The staff is always helpful and friendly. There is a lot to do here, although my favorite is fishing. Have rarely gone fishing here and not caught something. For my money, I won't miss an opportunity to go to Short Stay.

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