Camping on Allatoona Lake

An affordable, fun way to vacation close to home.

June is National Camping Month, and what a great time to enjoy one of the campgrounds operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Allatoona Lake. The corps manages seven convenient and affordable campgrounds in Cherokee and Bartow counties. In fact, the corps is the leading provider of outdoor recreation in the U.S., and has campgrounds across the country that offer affordable, fun and scenic ways to spend a vacation.


The corps operates seven campgrounds on Allatoona: Sweetwater, Victoria and Payne campgrounds in Cherokee County, and McKinney, Old Highway 41 No. 3, McKaskey and Upper Stamp Creek campgrounds in Bartow County. Campsite pricing is based on location and amenities, with standard sites ranging from $28 to $32 per night. There are different prices for waterfront and interior campsites, and sites with 30-amp and 50-amp electrical and water hookups. Starting in the 2019 recreation season, the corps has gone cashless in its recreation areas; please make note of this when visiting corps campgrounds and day use areas this year.


  • Maximum of three pets are permitted per campsite.
  • Maximum of eight people per campsite.
  • Maximum of three vehicles per campsite.
  • Camping limit is 14 consecutive days or 14 nonconsecutive days in any 30-day period at all U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-operated campgrounds on the Allatoona Lake Project.
  • Off-road vehicles, golf carts and ATVs are not permitted.
  • Entrance gate is locked from 10:30 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Don’t move firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it onsite. Visit for further information.


Campsite reservations can be made by calling 1-877-444-6777 or by going through, which links to various recreational sites around the nation. has a new website for the 2019 season, and, after early technical problems, seems to have the site functioning properly. There also is a convenient app for phones that is similar to the website. Allatoona Lake’s booking window is now one day; therefore, reservations can be made up to one day before you want to go camping on Allatoona Lake.

Interagency Passes

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sells and issues most of the federal America the Beautiful Passes from the Allatoona Lake Operations Project Management Office. Visitors who hold one of these passes receive free admittance in our corps-managed day use areas and ramps. America the Beautiful Senior and Access Pass holders also will receive 50% off on camping. All other passes will continue to be charged full price for camping.

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June is the busiest recreation month on Allatoona Lake. We hope you have a safe and relaxing time. Please remember to wear your life jackets! “Life jackets worn, nobody mourns.” Visit For more camping information, call 678-721-6700.

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