Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about Camp Willowswish. If you don’t find the answer to your question here, feel free to contact us to ask your question through the Facebook page, or website.
When are the campouts?
Normally the spring campout is the last full weekend of April, and the fall campout is always the weekend after Labor Day.
Who is in charge of the campout?
The campout is organized by a group of long-time attendees that plan and prepare all year for the two events. That group, known as Camp Daddies, is also available to help answer questions and solve problems if they occur at camp. No one-person is in charge and the entire group is always willing to help.
Why does Lake Murray State Park’s website say the camping area is full?
The park lets us reserve the entire campground in the spring and fall for our group, to make sure it is exclusively used by our camping group only, and then we handle site reservations from there.
How do reservations work?
Normally, one month before each campout, the reservation tab on the website opens and allows you to select the RV site or tent area that you want, and pay for it there, so you don’t have to remember to find someone and pay when you get there, just check in and enjoy the week! The 35 RV sites go fast, so don’t wait to make your reservation. If you happen to be a little late, you can be placed on an RV waiting list (first come first served), and there’s always an overflow/generator area for you to camp, if you prefer primitive or dry-camping. There are modern restroom and shower facilities available for tent and primitive campers.
Do I have to pre-register, or can I just show up and pay?
You can just show up and pay, but we would prefer that you pre-register and pay ahead of the campout. After registration closes, sites and RV spaces (if there are any left) are first come-first served. Registering through the website and paying early gives you a better chance of getting the site/spot that you want, and it gives us a better idea of the number of attendees for party planning purposes. Plus, once you have your site, you can let all your friends know, and they can plan to camp near you!
What kind of park services are available?
The RV sites provide water, 30A power, and a 20A household outlet (Site #1 also has 50A service and sewer, but costs extra). There is a sewer dump station inside the campground, as well as restroom and shower facilities for those tent campers.
Can I reserve an RV site for my tent?
You can, but we would respectfully request that RV pads are left available for RV’s and for several very large groups that attend each campout. If you do rent an RV site for your tent, we would also request that you set your tent off the pad, and leave it available for use by your friend or another attendee with an RV. You’re welcome to camp near a friend’s RV site and visit with them about sharing their power and water. If we all work together, we can have a great attendance and everyone will have the services that they need.
Do I have to camp the entire week?
No, you are free to come when you wish, and camp as long as you want. Some campers stay the entire week, while others prefer to stay for the weekend only. If you do plan to only stay only a day or two, or just for the weekend, we encourage you to consider the RV overflow/generator area or connect with fellow campers through the Facebook page, so that they could use your site before you arrive.
Can I just come and enjoy the day?
Yes. When you arrive, purchase a weekend party pass that allows you access to the area for the weekend, even though you may not be camping with us.
Are there scheduled events? Do I have to attend them?
Yes, there are scheduled group events throughout the week, but attendance is optional. See the camp info tab for more info on planned events. Events are a blast to attend, and with something for everyone, you’ll probably want to participate as well. We have dancing, karaoke, drag shows, games, contests, and a Miss Willowswish pageant in the fall.
What’s the theme?
Each fall and spring have a different theme and color (to celebrate the colors of pride). Spring campers suggest and vote on the theme for the next spring, and fall campers do the same for the next fall campout. Have an idea for camp? Find one of the Camp Daddies or make a suggestion by contacting us through the website or on Facebook. See the itinerary page for specific information on the upcoming campout’s theme and color.
Is power available to plug my tent into?
There are hundreds of non-serviced tent camping areas available within the park, and many are within 100’ or so of an RV site with power. We encourage you to make friends with your neighbors, or camp with a group of your friends, and offer to help them out in exchange for using some of their power or water. Most of the 20A household outlets are not strong enough for air conditioners, but will work great for lights, fans, and charging your devices. No camping is allowed near the pavilion area (per park rules).
Can my friend and I both park our RV’s on one site together?
Per park rules, only one RV is allowed per RV site, no matter what size they are or if more than one would fit.
Is this just a camp for old people?
Definitely not! You must be at least 21 to camp, but we have campers from 21 to 80+ who all have a great time!
Is this just for seasoned campers or are first-timers welcome too?
Everyone is welcome, and first-timers are encouraged. You’ll make friends that you can’t wait until next year to see again. The best way to get new folks to join our camping group, is by inviting first-timers that will go home and tell their friends how much fun they had! We always have about 20+ first timers at each campout.
What do I need to bring?
Well, that’s up to you. Some come with just a tent, chair, ice chest, food and drink, while others stock the RV and spend the entire week. Don’t worry if you’ve forgotten something though. Walmart is about 20 minutes away in Ardmore, and there are grocery and dollar stores nearby as well.
Are boats and jet skis allowed?
Yes, feel free to bring your boat or other watercraft, and enjoy some time on the water. A boat launch is located just north of our camping area. ATV’s are only allowed in the ATV Park area of Lake Murray and cannot be used in our campground or any other campground (per park rules).