Wednesday – January 2, 2013
We departed the Walmart in Mariana, Florida at 6:00 a.m. and made a quick stop for breakfast at a McDonalds a mile south of the Walmart on FL-71.
We arrived at the Eastbank Campground in Bainbridge, Georgia at 7:45 a.m. The campground host was kind enough to assign us to a lakeside campsite in Loop C. We will spend one night here to check the campground out for a future extended stay at a later date.
Eastbank Campground is located on Lake Seminole, which lies in Southern Georgia and Northern Florida. This is a C.O.E. campground with 63 RV campsites with electric and water hookups at each site. There are two restroom facilities with flush toilets and hot showers. One of the restrooms has four private showers with locking doors. They are located in the rear of the building. Loop A campsites are lakeside and have gravel base parking pads. Loop B campsites are located away from the lake and have paved parking pads. Loop C campsites are lakeside and have paved parking pads.
Argentine Ants are found in this area. They form very large colonies and are very difficult to control. They may try and get into your camper in large numbers. They are not known for painful bites.
Some ways to deter them are:
- Use an approved ant poison around your camper’s tires, jacks and levelers.
- Sprinkle kitchen cleanser around your camper’s tires, jacks and levelers.
- Apply Vaseline on electrical cord, cable TV wire and water hose at their entry point to camper.
- Vary the temperature in your camper.
- Avoid dampness in and around your camper.
Lake Seminole has 37,500 acres of water, 376 miles of shoreline, and over 22,000 acres of surrounding land. It was originally authorized as the Jim Woodruff Lock and Dam Project by the River and Harbor Act of 1946. Jim Woodruff Lock was the first of three locks and dams constructed for navigation, hydro-power and recreation on the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint River systems. Construction of the project began in 1947 and completed in 1957.
The area around Lake Seminole is rich in history, having been occupied by man for at least 10,000 years. Among other Native Americans, the Seminoles lived here until around 1825, and it is they for whom the lake is named. The Spanish and English have also occupied the land and fought battles, as described by the many historic markers throughout the area. Steamboats once kept the ports busy, and the area is still known for its agricultural production.
Camping Fee: $11.00 per night with our Golden Age Passport. Standard fee is $22.00 per night.
Total miles traveled today: 34
Tomorrow another adventure begins.