Tuesday, August 12, 2014

East Bank COE, Bainbridge Georgia

After leaving Gulf Shores, Alabama, we needed some time to rest, relax and regroup. The Eastbank Corps of Engineers' Park in Bainbridge, Georgia seemed like the perfect place. The U.S.Army Corps of Engineers, (COE) was formed in 1802 by President Thomas Jefferson and was initially responsible for the roads, rivers and canals throughout America. Over the years, the Corps was broken into separate segments, each with it's own responsibilities. Today, it is a Federal Agency, under the Department of Defense and a major Army command made up of over 37,000 civilian and military personnel. This makes it one of the world's largest public engineering, design and  construction management agencies. While it encompasses much much more, it is generally associated with dams, canal, rivers and flood protection in the United States. Most of their camping facilities are located along these rivers, canals and dams. We've always found them to be first class facilities. All have water and electric and some have sewer hookups as well. There are over 2500 campgrounds all across America. We love to stay at their parks whenever possible. Some of the nicer ones we've found are Chatfield Lake in Denver, Plymouth Park on the shores of the Columbia River in Plymouth Washington, St. Lucie Locks in Eastern Florida and Ortono South Lock and Dam near Naples, Florida. 

Eastbank COE is located in Bainbridge, Georgia on the banks of Lake Seminole which was formed in 1952 upon completion of the James Woodruff hydroelectric and navigational dam. The dam crosses the State lines of Georgia and Florida.

The Chattahoochee and Flint rivers join in the lake, before flowing from the Jim Woodruff Lock and Dam, which impounds the lake, as the Apalachicola River.  The lake contains over 37,500 acres of water, and has a shoreline of 376 mles.

After checking in, we headed towards the lake and our campsite.

How's this for spending a week? Our site backed right up to the water. Fishing was easy right from our site.

Lake Seminole is known for  Largemouth bass, crappie, Striped bass, catfish, Chain pickerel and others. That said, it's also know as home to many American alligators, snakes, turtles and various waterfowl. It's also a favorite to the locals for goose hunting, in season, of course....

Besides fishing, we also enjoyed many spectacular sunsets.

This little guy visited me every evening and sat on this same branch. He came at dusk and sang for about 45 minutes each night then flew off.

Another picture after the sun had set.
Besides the beautiful sunsets, we were also treated to several evenings featuring a full moon.

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