Monday, March 19, 2012

COE Lake Camping Directory

Credit: Amazon

Closely tied to yesterday’s post is the directory titled “Camping With The Corps of Engineers.” When planning a canoe/camping lake trip, this is an indispensable tool. The Corps of Engineers(COE) operates more than 2,500 facilities of their own and leases another 1,800, and camping opportunities are provided for at most with spectacular scenery and services. The guide is easy to follow with listings by state, and then broken down by lake. For those with the “America The Beautiful” pass, the COE allows 50% discounts at their facilities.

Beware of two things. I saw a lot of these guides advertised on the internet that were years old, and at outlandish prices. The 2011 copy we purchased was the 8th Edition, yet 5th Editions are being sold on resale sites like Amazon and B&N, so be sure to check the year or edition to get the most up-to-date information. Also, we purchased the book at the price listed by the COE while making a stop at Camping World. That price was $17.95. Older editions are listed on the Amazon site from $124, and the Barnes and Noble site for $80 to $209, so buyer beware. While such pricing of used, out-of-date material may be despicable, I guess it can be viewed also as an endorsement of how highly this book is valued.

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