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11/16/2017 General
Ocean Lakes Family Campground in Myrtle Beach, S.C., named “Mega Park of the Year” by the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds

For Immediate Release

November 16, 2017

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Julie Ellis
Public Relations and Communications Manager
Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
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Ocean Lakes Family Campground in Myrtle Beach, S.C., named “Mega Park of the Year” by the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds
Family-owned campground nabs top industry award for the sixth time.

Myrtle Beach, SC - Ocean Lakes Family Campground, a subsidiary of The Jackson Companies, has
been named the top mega park in the country – the sixth time the family-owned campground has
earned the industry’s highest award.

The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) presented Ocean Lakes with the
coveted “Mega Park of the Year” award during the association’s annual conference this month in
Raleigh, N.C. The award is given to the campground that consistently delivers exceptional guest

“We are so thrilled to again bring the ‘Park of the Year’ award home to Myrtle Beach,” said Lance
Thompson, General Manager and Vice President of Ocean Lakes Family Campground. “Our team
constantly strives for excellence in every aspect of our operation to ensure that our guests are
truly ‘happy campers.’ It’s rewarding for our team and leaders to be recognized nationally for their
dedication to making Ocean Lakes the premier campground in the country.”

The largest campground on the east coast, Ocean Lakes boasts a variety of lodging including 859
campsites and 2,565 annual lease sites featuring beach houses and mobile homes that are
available to purchase or rent. Guest amenities include nearly a mile of oceanfront, Sandy Harbor
Water Park, Sandy Mart, Meet n’ Eat, an award-winning recreation program and more. The gated campground also features an RV center with a store and repair technicians, golf cart sales, service and rentals, camper storage, and 24/7 security patrol.

“Ocean Lakes Campground offers many great lodging options in the Myrtle Beach area,” said Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. “They have top-notch facilities and service, and we congratulate them on this well-deserved award.”

The 310-acre park is open year-round and accommodates between 25,000 and 35,000 guests a day during an average summer day. To earn the honor, a campground must deliver consistent exceptional guest experiences as a result of all around excellence in operations, professionalism, marketing, customer service and industry involvement.

Nelson and Mary Emily Jackson opened Ocean Lakes in 1971 with 30 campsites and one
bathhouse and operated the campground until they passed away in 2010. The Jacksons’ five
daughters still own Ocean Lakes and guide its growth, including the addition of a high-end, resort-style
water park in 2016.

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