Dauphin Island, Alabama

Dauphin Island Campground

The Lowe’s overall rating = 7 out of 10 stars

March 2014

This park is conveniently located to so many things – Fort Gaines, the Estuarium, the paved walk/bike path, beach access, the Audubon Bird Sanctuary trails and the Mobile Bay ferry to Fort Morgan/Gulf Shores are all within walking distance. It is a birder’s paradise, especially during the spring and fall seasons. There is an excellent seafood store on the island, but larger grocery stores are at least 20 minutes away. The park itself is nothing special, narrow paved interior roads lead through mostly well-trimmed trees to sandy/dirt sites that are fairly level with decent spacing between them. Be aware that sites along the main road are exposed not only to vehicle traffic noise, but also a lot of racket as the ferry docks and loads several times every day. This is not an issue farther into the park. We were assigned site #41, which was “borderline noisy”. The 50-amp power and water were strong, and most sites include sewer and a sturdy table on a concrete patio. Only a few sites have fire pits. Our amplified MiFi Internet worked well here, but our Verizon phones were very weak and we had to walk to the park’s “hotspot” for reliable service. The laundry “room” was outdoors, with 4 washers and 4 dryers – only 2 of the washers provided hot water. The bathrooms and showers were very old, but cleaned daily. There are only 2 RV parks on Dauphin Island, and we’ve stayed at both. We prefer this one for its convenient location to everything; if your goal is to spend maximum time at the public beach you may want to investigate the other park. The city recently imposed an 11% “lodging fee” on the parks here, which brought our weekly rate above $40/day. A bit steep for this park, but what can you do? We love Dauphin Island and will stay at this park again.

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