GoCampingAmerica.com | Posted November
    4th, 2017


    Ocean Lakes Family Campground named
    “Mega Park of the Year”


    Happy Camper Blog



    Ocean Lakes Family Campground in Myrtle Beach, S.C., named “Mega Park of
    the Year” by the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds

    Family-owned campground nabs top industry award for the
    sixth time

    Myrtle Beach, SC | Ocean Lakes Family Campground,
    a subsidiary of The Jackson Companies, has been named the top mega park in
    the country – the sixth time the family-owned campground has earned the
    industry’s highest award.

    The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (arvc) presented
    Ocean Lakes with the coveted “Mega Park of the Year” award during the
    association’s annual conference this month in Raleigh, N.C. The award is
    given to the campground that consistently delivers exceptional guest
    experiences as a result of its all-around excellence.

    “We are so thrilled to again bring the ‘Park of the Year’
    award home to Myrtle Beach,” said Lance Thompson, General Manager and Vice
    President of Ocean Lakes Family Campground. “Our team constantly strives for
    excellence in every aspect of our operation to ensure that our guests are
    truly ‘happy campers.’ It’s rewarding for our team and leaders to be
    recognized nationally for their dedication to making Ocean Lakes the premier
    campground in the country.”

    The largest campground on the East Coast, Ocean Lakes boasts a
    variety of lodging including 859 campsites and 2,565 annual lease sites
    featuring beach houses and mobile homes that are available to purchase or
    rent. Guest amenities include a mile of oceanfront, Sandy Harbor Water Park,
    Sandy Mart, Meet n’ Eat, an award-winning Recreation program and more. The
    gated campground also features an RV Center with a store and repair
    technicians; Golf Car Sales, Service and Rentals; camper storage and 24/7
    security patrol. The 310-acre park is open year round and accommodates
    between 25,000 and 35,000 guests a day during an average summer

    The national association selects a top campground for the Park of
    the Year award in small (0-100 sites), medium (101-250 sites), large (251-499
    sites) and mega (500+ sites) divisions. To earn the honor, a campground must
    deliver consistent exceptional guest experiences as a result of all- 2 around
    excellence in operations, professionalism, marketing, customer service and
    industry involvement.

    “Ocean Lakes is well known among campground owners and operators
    as a top-notch destination that sets the standard for others in the
    industry,” said Paul Bambei, President and CEO of the National Association of
    RV Parks and Campgrounds. “We applaud the Jackson family as well as the
    campground managers and teammates for always going the extra mile to help
    guests make family memories that last a lifetime.”

    Nelson and Mary Emily Jackson opened Ocean Lakes in 1971 with 30
    campsites and one bathhouse and operated the campground until they passed
    away in 2010. The Jacksons’ five daughters still own Ocean Lakes and guide
    its growth, including the addition of a high-end, resortstyle water park in

    Johnny Williamson, Chairman of the Board of Directors of The
    Jackson Companies, credited the teammates, management and family with
    successfully transitioning the campground to the next generation while
    maintaining the core values that made it special from the start. That makes
    winning this year even more special, he said.

    “Nelson and Mary Emily would be very proud,” Williamson said. “We
    pulled together and did it together.”

    About Ocean Lakes Family Campground

    Ocean Lakes Family Campground, a division of The Jackson
    Companies, is the largest campground on the East Coast and one of the largest
    in the United States. Located in Myrtle Beach, S.C., it has received numerous
    awards for excellence. It is the 2017 National Mega Park of the Year and has
    received that honor from the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds
    (arvc) six times. Ocean Lakes received the TripAdvisor® Certificate of
    Excellence for consistently great guest reviews on the travel-planning
    website in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

    In 2006, Ocean Lakes received the prestigious South Carolina
    Governor’s Cup for making a significant economic impact on South Carolina.
    Ocean Lakes covers 310 oceanfront acres with nearly one mile of beachfront.
    It offers 3,424 sites – 859 of which are large and pull-through to
    accommodate larger RVs. It was built by Mary Emily and Nelson Jackson and
    their five daughters, starting in 1970. It opened with 30 campsites and one
    bathhouse in 1971. On an average seasonal day, Ocean Lakes has 25,000 to
    35,000 guests enjoying the countless amenities that have made it a local
    favorite and a national vacation destination. It holds a perfect 10/10*/10
    rating from the Good Sam RV Travel Guide & Campground Directory for
    its overall operation, recreational offerings, services and appearance. This
    puts Ocean Lakes Family Campground in the Top 1% of the private campgrounds
    in North America. In 2010, it received the Earth Day Award from the South
    Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control for its iCare

    Ocean Lakes Family Campground is a division of The Jackson
    Companies, a family-owned enterprise that includes Prestwick Golf &
    Country Club, Ocean Lakes Properties, Crystal Lake Mobile Home Village, Ocean
    Lakes RV Center, Ocean Lakes Golf Cars and the master-planned development