Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: Why are reservations limited to 90 days?
A: Reservations are limited to 90 days to ensure that the campgrounds are consistent with the Navy’s transient, recreational lodging standards. This will be the first year operating under our new instruction, as with any change it will take a minimum of one season for us to identify if any additional changes or limitations are required. This decision will be made at the end of fiscal year 2021 (30 September 2021).
Q: Can anyone live in the RV Parks full-time?
A: No individual person, family unit, or individual RV shall be permitted to remain in the Campground for more than 90 days.
Q: How many tent sites are available and where are they located?
A: There are 14 tent sites available on Sigsbee Park at the Gulf View Campground. As a reminder, vehicles of any type shall not be permitted in tent sites.
Q: Why was rotation (shuffling) discontinued?
A: Rotation was discontinued due to the logistical challenges it created with regard to our reservation and point of sale systems. Furthermore, site rotation is not an industry standard practice and only occurs when consecutive reservations are made for different campsite types. As such, the use of consecutive reservations for different site types are allowable if available.
Q: Why were the number of dry campsites reduced at the Trumbo Point Campground?
A: The primary reason that dry sites were reduced at the Tropical Landing Campground was to provide the appropriate stand-off distance from the helicopter operations area located adjacent to the campground. Additionally, the number of dry sites was reduced to ensure that the safety of our campers was being maintained appropriately. Therefore, dry campsites have been reset with a 30’ bubble, set from the center of the campsite. This ultimately reduced the number of dry sites, by a negligible amount, but increased the safety of our campers drastically.
Q: Why were the number of dry campsites reduced at the Sigsbee Park Campgrounds?
A: The number of dry sites were reduced at Gulf View Campground to ensure that the safety of our campers was being maintained appropriately. Therefore, dry campsites have been reset with a 30’ bubble, set from the center of the campsite. The campsites at Sunset View have been drastically reduced due to the majority of the sites being unallocated overflow campsites. This ultimately reduced the number of dry sites, by a negligible amount, but increased the safety of our campers drastically.
Q: Why were overflow camping areas discontinued and why isn’t there more overflow camping areas?
A: Dry campers were being assigned spaces that may have been vacant areas of the installation, but were not actually allocated to MWR for campsite use. This was allowed to occur for many years without ensuring the areas were available and authorized for use as a campsite. Therefore, upon review of our current campsite and overflow areas that had been utilized previously, we determined which locations would continue to be utilized, identified additional campsites (where available), and disestablished areas that were inappropriate for use as campsites.
Q: Was the appearance of the campgrounds a factor that resulted in these changes?
A: Yes, due to the extent that overflow campsites were being used without appropriate space allocation and designation, the appearance of the installation was affected in a negative manner. Upon checking into the campground, each campsite will sign our campground appearance policy and receive a copy of our handbook. This handbook outlines our policies and provides information about where to find a copy of NASKWINST 1710.7.
Q: May I park my recreational vehicle, towable camper, converted vehicle, or other livable vehicle overnight at other locations on the installation?
A: No, the only location you may overnight on the installation are at the designated campgrounds.
Q: What is the rationale behind charging $80/night with a 7-night maximum stay for dry campsites at Truman Annex?
A: The rationale behind the price of the new campsites at Truman Annex’s Beachside Campground was the location. These sites, while they are dry campsites, are within a 1 minute walk to Truman Beach, a <5 minute walk to the bath house, and <20 minute walk to Duval Street. The reason we limited this area to only 5 sites with a maximum stay of 7 days every 90 days is due to the size of the bath house and because the nearest dump station is located on Trumbo Point at the Tropical Landing Campground.
Q: Why aren’t all campsites full hook-up campsites?
A: The campgrounds on Sigsbee Park have a total of 93 full hook-up campsites. These campsites are typically 100% occupied from December through April, but do not maintain 100% occupancy throughout the rest of the year. The average cost for a government entity to install one full hook-up campsite averages between $45,000 and $90,000 depending upon the location of construction. After collecting and analyzing occupancy data, MWR has identified an immediate need for 24 additional full hook-up campsites at the Gulf View Campground located on Sigsbee Park. Due to the number of dry campsites we have available throughout the year, it is not the appropriate business decision or a sustainable business model to construct additional full hook-up campsites with the exception of those that have been identified. At this time, we do not have a timeline of when construction will take place, but we can assure you it will not occur during our peak season.
Q: Have future plans or projects been submitted for additional partial or full hook-up campsites?
A: A project has been submitted to add 24 full hook-up campsites at the Gulf View Campground. This project also includes paving the existing gravel roads at the Gulf View Sunset View Campgrounds located on Sigsbee Park.