2020 | Here’s an update on our lakes and what our team is doing to make them even better!

Ocean Lakes Family Campground features eight freshwater lakes and nearly one mile of oceanfront, so pack your tackle box!  Our lakes are stocked with catfish, bass, bream, and carp. Fishing is a favorite activity for many Ocean Lakes camping families. Take part in our family Fishing Derby during the summer calendar. Teammates are there to assist guests with everything from baiting a hook to using a cane fishing pole. The kids will have a blast. Now, if you don’t believe there are some “big ones” in our lakes, stop by the Ocean Lakes Camptown Center and see the evidence hanging on the walls of Sandy Mart.  There are some 10+ pounders in our lakes! While at a travel show this winter Ocean Lakes’ teammates were told quite a few Ocean Lakes “fish stories” by our longtime campers!

In spring 2017, we hired some specialists to access the condition of our lakes and the creatures that live there. We know our guests love to fish and we want to make sure we are being good stewards of our property. You can learn more about our efforts to improve our lakes on our blog.

Learn about fishing at Ocean Lakes in this episode of a “Minute with Mallory” – Fishing in the Campground.

Lake Fishing vs Surf Fishing

Because Ocean Lakes is private property you will not need a fishing license to fish from the banks of our lakes. Anyone surf fishing in the ocean must obtain a Salt Water Recreation Fishing License. Non-resident and Resident licenses are available by logging on to However, you can also purchase them at the Walmart Surfside Beach Supercenter, 2751 Beaver Run Blvd, Surfside Beach, SC 29575 (about 1.8 miles down Hwy 544) at the Sporting Goods counter. Be sure to bring your ID and know your SS# to obtain the license.

Bait & Tackle

No worries about bait or tackle – it is available at Sandy Mart! Located at the Camptown Center, Sandy Mart has a lot of your basic fishing supplies, including live bait, line, weights, poles, lures, nets, and even snacks to make your time fishing even better.

Recycle Your Fishing Line

Monofilament line lasts for 500 years. It is harmful to wildlife (and a nuisance to boaters). Please cast your used fishing line in one of our six receptacles adjacent to our lakes. Through Ocean Lakes’ iCare Program, we try to educate our guests about ways we are trying to be better stewards of our environment. Please recycle!

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