Ocean Lakes Family Campground was built by Mary Emily and Nelson Jackson, along with their five daughters, starting in 1970. On July 2, 1971, Ocean Lakes opened with 30 campsites and one bathhouse. Nelson Jackson was 50 years old at the time. “People were lined up outside the gate by the hundreds and we were clearing spots for their campers as fast as they could park ‘em,” he explains with a smile.
Ocean Lakes located at the south end of Myrtle Beach, ranks in the top 1% of campgrounds in the United States providing outstanding customer service and amenities. It is operated by an award-winning team who strives to provide the best family-friendly resort destination, year round.
Today, Ocean Lakes features 859 campsites and 2,560 annual lease sites on 310 oceanfront acres with nearly one mile of beachfront, five bathhouses, and more than 450 employees in the height of the camping season. It is the largest campground on the east coast and one of the largest in the United States.