The Naval District Washington has stopped using the "Navy Getaways" website (www.dodlodging.net) for reservations of their campgrounds and RV Parks. Instead, the Navy has contracted with Recreation.gov to handle their reservations. This affects making reservations at Navy Recreation Center Solomons, the Pax River Paradise Grove Campgrounds and the Pax River Hog Point Campgrounds.
While the name "Recreation.gov" sounds like a government operated website, it's not. The private company of Booz Allen was contracted by the US Forest Service to operate the Recreation.gov portal for the federal government. Several government agencies use Recreation.gov for handling recreation reservations.
Recreation.gov being operated by a private business brings additional "processing fees" to the cost of reservations at these three campgrounds. Recreation.gov charges a $8 reservation fee if you make a reservation via their website. The reservation fee is $9 if you call in for the reservation. The reservation fee is only charged once per your reservation, whether you stay 1-night or 7-nights.
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The U.S. Army is changing the names of eight of their installations in 2023.
The following U.S. Army installations are changing names. I've also included what U.S. Military Campgrounds and RV Parks are affected.
The following review was written and submitted in early March 2023 by website user Dede.
The overall presentation of Tyndall AFB FamCamp *** 3-5 stars. Primary buildings, office, maintenance garage, Clubhouse, and cabins were well maintained and clean. In addition, stone covers all roads and overflow parking areas.
The FamCamp has basic amenities, one hundred plus sites, with water, electricity, and sewage hookups. Each site has a concrete slab and picnic table. Several of the tables need repair and a fresh coat of paint. Other locations need shingles replaced on the canopy or the canopies removed. The park has a couple of benches and swing sets sitting at the water's edge. Again, these amenities need a fresh coat of paint and basic repairs. The estimate for paint tables, benches, and swing replacement is under $3,000.
Information, maps, and photos on Tappen Springs, located on Camp Navajo near Flagstaff, Arizona has been added to the site. This is a remote, rustic camping area. No facilities, but good views of the mountains and plenty of space among the pine trees.
I'm constantly asked "how do I make a reservation" for a U.S. Military Campgrounds or RV Park. This website doesn't handle reservations for our military recreation facilities.
Each military campground is mostly independently operated and establishes their own reservation policy. The Navy has been trying to standardize (Navy GetAways) among their recreation facilities, but it's been an uphill battle. Many Navy facilities use the DoD Lodging website (https://get.dodlodging.net) for online reservation or their central phone number (1-877-NAVY-BED) for phone reservations. However, this system has also had numerous problems. I talk about these problems below.
The Purple Heart and Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act of 2018 became law in August 2018 and took effect on January 1st, 2020. This bill now allows the following veterans use of commissary and exchange stores, and MWR facilities (includes campgrounds):
Veterans Awarded the Purple Heart
Veterans Who Are Medal of Honor Recipients (already authorized)
Veterans Who Are Former Prisoners of War
Veterans With Service-Connected Disabilities
Caregivers of Veterans
For more details on this new eligibility, please look at these articles:
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