General Park Policies
We continue to monitor our guests’ comments and contemplate ways to improve their experience at Ocean Lakes. The biggest complaint we receive is about the behavior of other guests. Please remember – “young eyes” are watching and listening. Many guests have heralded the policy modifications we have implemented during the last few years, and we have seen guest behavior, and thus guest experiences, improve. We appreciate and value your feedback and hope you have a great vacation.
- Families only, please.
- All visitors must register at the Main Office before entering the campground.
- Consumption of alcoholic beverages is permissible at your site only by adults 21 years of age and older! Do not drink and drive – this includes Golf Cars!
- No tolerance for underage drinking. Offenders will be trespassed from the campground and subject to additional fines.
- PLEASE SECURE YOUR VALUABLES (bikes, scooters, skateboards, coolers, golf cars, and chargers, etc.). Lock your vehicles; beware of leaving valuables inside. This includes your weapons (guns). They are prohibited in the campground. Leaving them in your vehicle may result in you being removed from the campground. We are not liable for stolen or damaged items.
- Sandy’s Center Stage can be used for events – check with the Recreation Office.
- Annual Leaseholders and guests are prohibited from selling any item anywhere in the park. Failure to comply with this policy may result in the removal of the guest and/or jeopardize the Annual Leaseholder’s Site Lease.
- “For Sale” signs, or any sign (including “Free”) or banner including phone numbers or websites implying such are not permitted. Political signs or other promotional signs are not permitted. However, flags that are not vulgar are permitted. On golf cars and vehicles, flags are not to exceed 2’ x 2’. Flags at sites must be mounted on a pole.
- Main Gate entrance is open 24/7. 24-hour Security Patrol on-site, call (843) 828-4847.
- To maintain our family-friendly environment, only one person is permitted in the same bathhouse stall simultaneously. Violators could be trespassed from the campground.
- Sandy Harbor Water Park: please review the Pool Rules and guidelines online or available in our offices.
- We are family-friendly; please understand that inappropriate or revealing swimsuits are not permitted.
- Deliveries & Package Guidelines for Main Office Mail Center include a cost to pick up packages for guests (and for Leaseholders if the package is oversized). See FAQs for size limits and charges.
- Watch OLFC TV (Campsites: 61, Houses: 1391) and OLP TV (Campsites: 62, Houses: 1390) to keep up-to-date with Ocean Lakes’ info and activities.
- Ocean Lakes requires insurance on all vendors/sub-contractors. Please contact Compliance at (843) 828-4836.
- Drones are not permitted in the park for privacy and safety reasons unless approved by Management and Security.
- Campfires are permitted at sites, conditions permitting (i.e. wind, fog, drought), and must be contained in a ring or elevated fire pit. Guests must stay with the fire until it is completely out. All debris must be cleaned up afterward.
- Animal cruelty, harassment, molestation, torture, or injury will not be tolerated. This extends to all wildlife, including waterfowl, nests, and eggs. Do not catch, take, or sell wildlife. Our fish are “catch and release,” do not kill. SC DNR will be contacted at our discretion based on the circumstances.
- Horry County Ordinance states it is illegal to feed migratory and domestic waterfowl (geese, swans, ducks, cormorants, etc.) unless you are on a Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Property. The purpose is to prevent attracting migratory and domestic waterfowl to or near residential areas.
- Walking on the sand dunes or storing items on them is against the law in Horry County. There are federal laws, as well. Those who break this law could be fined up to $500 or even be arrested. It is also illegal to cut, break, or otherwise destroy sea oat plants, beach grass, or sand fencing.
- DO NOT pass the stopped School Bus at our Main Gate. Please stop while the bus is loading and unloading and do not drive around the bus by using a lane under the canopy.
- Yield to pedestrians, watch for crosswalks, not doing so could result in a fine.
- We understand that guests enjoy decorating and creating experiential displays; however, please keep in mind that management reserves the right to require the removal of anything that might be deemed unsafe or inappropriate. Remember young eyes and young ears!
- Please DO NOT DISPOSE of cooking oil in any of our lakes or water run-off areas as this can be extremely hazardous to our wildlife. If you have cooking oil that you need to dispose of, please let us help! Bring the oil to the Meet n’ Eat pick-up window and ask to speak with a Supervisor regarding disposal of cooking oil. One of our Teammates will handle recycling the oil to make sure it’s disposed of in a safe location.
- Full masks and face coverings (that cover MORE than the nose and mouth) are only permitted to be worn in Ocean Lakes for the Halloweekends*** during Saturday’s Trick o’ Treat at guests’ site only.
PLEASE SECURE YOUR VALUABLES
(Bikes, scooters, skateboards, coolers, cars, golf cars, golf car chargers, weapons, etc.)
- We want to emphasize that QUIET HOURS are 11 PM to 7 AM.
- Please do not walk or drive across any site other than your own.
- All common areas are smoke-free (including vaping).
- Know your site boundaries and respect your neighbor’s site space. Your campsite boundary is road to road, and from site post to site post. Be considerate; please try and keep fences, vehicles, and other items 3 feet from street edge. Do not park behind your camper, as that is your neighbor’s site.
- Do not park or place your belongings too close to the roads. Leave ample clearance for vehicles and camping units to pass. (It also helps avoid accidental trash pickup of non-trash.)
- Any guest playing loud music at sites or on golf cars (karaoke, stereos, amps, etc.): $100 fine will be issued after ONE WARNING.
- Lewd, vulgar, or offensive music in the campground: $100 fine will be issued WITHOUT WARNING. Remember, young eyes and young ears!
Things with Wheels
- Uber/Lyft, Door Dash, GrubHub, Uber Eats, package deliveries other than by UPS/FedEX, etc. cannot proceed past the Gate to your site unless they have an individual work badge. All vendors must meet liability insurance requirements to work on our property for the safety of our guests and teammates. Drivers can pick up a “Guideline for Authorized Uber and Lyft Drivers” in the Compliance Office. If you need transportation, there are several taxi services that can drive you directly to your site. Please ask Security, any of our offices, or check under Quick Links online for a list. Please note*: Uber/Lyft/Door Dash drivers, etc., can drop off/pick up at the Main Entrance in designated areas: April-October in 15-minute Parking ONLY (located beside exiting traffic lanes), during November-March in 15-minute Parking OR under the canopy (beside entrance lanes).
* Uber/Lyft drivers interested in taking guests to their site (past the Main Gate) simply have to provide the necessary insurance requirements and can find out more by contacting our Compliance Department at (843) 828-4853.
Squatted Vehicles Policy (effective 6.10.23): | South Carolina has amended SECTION 56-5-4445, RELATING TO RESTRICTIONS ON ELEVATING OR LOWERING MOTOR VEHICLES, essentially outlawing squatted [trucks] vehicles due to safety concerns. Ocean Lakes also has safety concerns due to the number of people, pedestrians, golf cars, scooters, and bikes. We will no longer allow squatted vehicles [trucks] to operate in our campground. At this time, if you have such a vehicle, we will allow them to park at the South Gate* (like motorcycles, slingshots, etc.) but not operate in Ocean Lakes beyond the gates (Spring Lane), similar to our motorcycle policy.* Please obtain a “Squatted Vehicle Pass” for the “South Gate Overflow Parking Area” from Security at the Main Gate as they will be required starting on Saturday, June 10, 2023. If the South Gate Overflow Parking is FULL, please proceed to the Main Office to purchase a pass for the Off-Site Remote Parking located in the “Ocean Lakes West Lot” on Wellsford Avenue adjacent to the Exxon Station on Hwy 544 (0.3 miles from OLFC’s Main Entrance).
- 10 mph speed limit throughout the campground – strictly enforced.
- If Security or Teammates have roads blocked due to an Emergency situation, Maintenance issue, or Safety concern, do NOT drive around them into the scene. Offenders may be fined or trespassed from the campground.
- No motorcycles and no 2 and 3-wheeled gas-operated vehicles inside the campground under power. No motorcycle “Coasting” to site past authorized areas.
- Gas golf cars are not allowed.
- Electric scooters and electric mopeds are permitted. Riders must obey all traffic rules and signage. Please use directional hand signals. Please know your child’s abilities! Pick up a “Safety On Wheels Guide” in one of our offices.
- All bicycles, scooters and golf cars operated after dark must have light(s) turned on.
- A parking pass is required inside Ocean Lakes. All visitor passes are $15 per day, per vehicle. Overnight visitor passes expire at 11 AM on the date of departure.
- No vehicle parking on Seaside Drive (beach side of street) March – October. Overnight parking is prohibited year-round. Handicap Placards and spaces are exempt.
- All trailers (utility, motorcycle, boat, etc.) must be on your site or placed in Short Term Storage for $8 per day. Contact our Main Office at (843) 238-5636 for more information.
- You must be 16-years old with a valid driver’s license to operate a Golf Car anywhere in Ocean Lakes.
Annual Lease Sites
- Camping in tents/motor homes is not permitted on sites with a house structure and camping equipment may not be hooked to power source.
- Ocean Lakes requires insurance on all vendors/sub-contractors. Please contact Compliance at (843) 828-4836.
- CAUTION – When digging at a site – remember we have shallow underground utilities. We require Leaseholders to contact the Compliance Office for a “locate before digging,” this normally takes 3 days.
Emergency? DIAL 911. THEN call 843.828.4847 for the Ocean Lakes Main Gate
so that Ocean Lakes Security can respond and assist (AED, First Aid),
and escort the EMERGENCY VEHICLE to the PROPER LOCATION.
Using Lakes & Oceans
- Please fish from banks (lakes are catch and release only), no wade fishing in lakes. Crabbing and net fishing are not permitted in our lakes or swash. Collect all fishing line and discard it in our lakeside iCare Fishing Line receptacles!
- Boats are not permitted in our lakes, including remote control boats.
- Glass bottles and campfires are not allowed on the beach.
Danger – BEWARE!
- CAUTION – When digging at a site – remember we have shallow underground utilities. We require Leaseholders to contact the Compliance Office for a “locate before digging”, this normally takes 3 days.
- No fireworks are allowed to be discharged in the campground (including sparklers). Also see Horry County Beach Laws.
- DO NOT put HOT coals, ashes, or debris in the trash or trash bags! Please help keep our Team, Guests, and equipment (including garbage trucks) SAFE. Fire debris can remain hot for hours or even days after the fire is out, even if they look and feel cool on the surface.
- Please remember – water balloons, water guns, and marshmallow guns can be considered assault weapons by other guests.
- No firearms are allowed in the campground. This includes your weapons (guns). They are prohibited in the campground. Leaving them in your vehicle may result in you being removed from the campground.
- Laser pointers are not permitted anywhere in the campground.
- Please do not put PAINT cans inside the trash bags or cans. Horry County has strict guidelines. We can be fined if paint spills out of the truck and hits the road. It is also a safety concern; the pressure of compacting the garbage in the truck can cause cans to explode, blasting wet paint and debris out of the truck. The ONLY thing that can be in the trash bags or cans is household trash. The Leaseholder or Guest is subject to a $50 Fine if paint is found in their trash.
Golf Car Policies for Everyone*
NOTE: Guests can be trespassed from the campground and subject to additional fines.
ZERO Tolerance Golf Car Policies
The Golf Car Violations listed below apply to ANYONE operating a Golf Car inside Ocean Lakes, including our Leaseholders and their guests. Please review the violations and penalties below.
A $100 Fine will be issued after ONE Warning for the Following:
1. Loud music in the campground.
2. “Cruising” after Quiet Hours (11 PM – 7 AM) with no legitimate destination.
We are not out to harass guests utilizing necessary facilities, such as the bathhouses or Soapy Suds, etc. We are targeting guests “cruising” around the campground, generally making noise or looking for trouble (coolers, bikes, alcohol, unlocked vehicles, etc.).
A $100 Fine will be issued WITHOUT Warning for the Following:
1. Underage driving: Driver MUST be at least 16 years of age with valid driver’s license in their possession. The Licensed Driver must be in control of the golf car at all times (hands on wheel, foot on pedals).
2. Reckless driving, horseplay, racing or other misuse of the golf car. Drivers must obey all traffic signs.
3. Taking rental golf cars off property – DO NOT go past the entry gates or onto the beach.
4. Lewd, vulgar or offensive music in the campground – Remember young eyes and young ears!
5. Open containers of alcohol anywhere but at your site – Please do not drink and drive! We understand that our guests are on vacation and want to relax with family and friends and enjoy themselves. That may include an adult beverage and that is permitted at their site. However, open containers of alcohol are not permitted on vehicles (that includes golf cars) for it is against South Carolina state law. It is true, we are private property, and we choose to uphold the state laws.
The Golf Car is a huge part of the culture at Ocean Lakes Family Campground. We want everyone to enjoy their time and experience in Ocean Lakes, but the policies and rules are in place to help promote the safety of our guests and our teammates. Our ultimate objective is to make Ocean Lakes Family Campground the safest and most enjoyable family-oriented vacation destination that it can possibly be.
Golf Car Violations Policies:
Rental Golf Cars |
- First Offense: $100 fine to be paid immediately at the Golf Car Rental Office and the golf car is immediately taken away until the fine is paid.* A possible loss of privilege to rent or operate a golf car by any guest on the same site during that visit may result.
- Second Offense: $100 fine and the loss of privilege to rent or operate a golf car for the remainder of their stay.*
Privately Owned – Campsite & Rental Guests |
- First Offense: $100 fine that must be paid immediately at the Main Office.*
- Second Offense: $100 fine that must be paid immediately and the loss of privilege to operate a golf car in the campground. The golf car must be placed back on the camping/rental guest’s trailer or into the Golf Car Storage area.*
* NOTE: If the guest does not pay the $100 fine, they will be trespassed from the park and subject to additional fines.
Annual Leaseholder Golf Cars |
- First Offense: The driver or responsible party will be fined $100 that must be paid immediately at the Main Office. The violation will be documented in the site’s file. If the fine is not paid it will be levied against the Annual Lease Site.
- Second Offense: The driver or responsible party will be fined $100 that must be paid immediately at the Main Office. The violation will be documented in the site’s file. If the fine is not paid it will be levied against the Annual Lease Site. The second offense will result in the loss of privilege to have a golf car on the campground for one year and an additional $300 fine levied against the site. The Golf Car must be removed from the campground or stored in the Golf Car Storage area for the one-year period.
- Additional Offenses: If violations occur after the second offense, the Lease could be in jeopardy.
*We understand some guests will not agree with our policies, but they most likely do not share our perspective, the liability, and the lack of respect shown to our team (and many guests). Our ultimate objective is to make Ocean Lakes the safest and most enjoyable family-oriented vacation destination that we can be.
Learn more by scrolling this page or feel free to contact the Ocean Lakes Security team for more details or with any questions anytime at 843.828.4847.
Watch our helpful video. We want to emphasize that QUIET HOURS are 11 PM to 7 AM.
General Golf Car Policies
- Privately-owned golf cars must be registered and have a valid registration sticker permanently attached to the driver’s side of the front of the car. Proof of proper liability insurance must be shown with a minimum of $50,000 coverage in Personal Injury and Property Damage held on the golf car. Be aware of South Carolina driving laws on public roads.
- There is a $43 charge (2024) for required Ocean Lakes stickers.
- NO gas-powered or motorized golf cars are permitted.
- NO outside golf car rentals are permitted.
- Golf cars operating after sunset must have the light(s) turned on. Lights must be permanently attached and at least four inches in diameter.
- Aftermarket lighting is permitted on golf cars as long as it does not blink, pattern flash or strobe. The lights should NOT resemble emergency lighting.
- Flags on golf cars are not to exceed 2′ x 2′. No whip antennas or extended post mounted flags are permitted.
- A maximum of 5 people per golf car at any given time. 8 people maximum per limo car.
- Cruising on golf cars during quiet hours (11 PM-7 AM) is not permitted.
- All Golf Car owners/drivers are responsible for the operation of the golf car including any damages that result from operation.
- Annual Leaseholders must have 3″ reflective site numbers on the front and back of their golf cars.
- Golf cars must be operated properly and driven only on roadways. Golf cars are not to be driven across vacant or occupied campsites, the beach, or in other restricted areas.
- Under NO circumstances can golf cars be rented to other sites or other guests as a separate transaction.
Tip: Do not leave the key in the golf car!