Ocean Lakes Family Campground, Myrtle Beach, S.C., says 97% of its 893 large RV campsites are booked for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. 

Located along the Atlantic Ocean beachfront, Ocean Lakes is located on 310 oceanfront acres and is the largest campground on the East Coast, as well as one of the largest in the U.S. 

While many are predicting that tourism will be down significantly at beach resorts this summer, Ocean Lakes is seeing an increasing number of families turning to camping for their summer vacations, according to a news release. 

In addition to being nearly sold out for Memorial Day weekend, Ocean Lakes is seeing an increase in reservations for the key summer months of June and July in 2009. Reservations for June 2009 versus June 2008 are up 23%, and for July 2009, reservations are up 34% over 2008. 

More good news is emerging in the form of projected reservations. 2007 was a record year for Ocean Lakes and reservations for 2009 are already trending toward a 12% increase over 2007 reservations for campsite nights. 

“Camping is an affordable and family-oriented vacation option,” said Barb Krumm, director of marketing and public relations for Ocean Lakes Family Campground. “It’s also a great way for a family to control their costs during vacation. Unlike other campgrounds, Ocean Lakes’ campsites are all inclusive – no add-on fees for additional people, pets, or even air conditioning.” 

Ocean Lakes Family Campground, a subsidiary of The Jackson Cos., has received numerous awards for excellence. It is the 2008-2009 National “RV Park of the Year” and has received that honor from the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) four times. In addition, Ocean Lakes is one of only 21 campgrounds and RV resorts around the United States to receive GuestRated.com’s overall “A” rating for 2008 by maintaining a 4.7 out of 5 rating. In 2006, Ocean Lakes was honored with the prestigious South Carolina Governor’s Cup for making a significant economic impact on South Carolina. 

Ocean Lakes features nearly one mile of beachfront. It offers 3,447 sites, including 893 campsites which are large and pull-through to accommodate larger RVs. On an average seasonal day, Ocean Lakes has 25,000 to 30,000 guests enjoying the countless amenities that have made it a local favorite and a national vacation destination. 

Ocean Lakes Family Campground is one of 16 subsidiaries of The Jackson Companies, a family-owned business that includes Prestwick Golf & Country Club, Ocean Lakes Properties, Crystal Lake Mobile Home Village, Ocean Lakes RV Center and the master-planned development SayeBrook.