Assateague State Park Campground Improvement Project

​​dune damage at Assateague State Park How will this affect the 2018 camping season?
For campers with existing reservations, the vast majority of campers have the same site and have received an updated confirmation letter with revised site name and/or loop letter. A small number of campers with reservations at sites that were expected to change substantially or be newly added have been contacted by our reservation service provider and relocated to another campsite. 

Due to the project start date, campers with existing reservations from October 8, 2018 through October 28, 2018 in the affected loops have been contacted by our reservation service provider and provided alternative campsites. 

For customers making new reservations, the campground configuration will remain the same and sites can be reserved online or through the Call Center. From October 8, 2018 to the end of the camping season October 28, 2018 all sites in Loops C, D, E, F, G, H, J and sites 1-13 and 100-110 in Loop I will be closed.

Please bring a copy of your updated confirmation letter with you when checking in at the park. If campers have questions regarding their existing reservations, please contact CAMIS at 1-888-432-2267.

Can I adjust, view, or change my reservation?
Yes. Assateague State Park's reservation service is available beginning January 8, 2018. Customers may go online or contact the CAMIS Call Center at 1-888-432-2267.

How will this affect the 2019 camping season?
Changes in campground configuration will impact reservations being made for the 2019 camping season as the names and numbers of many of the camping loops will be changing. Please refer to the additional information provided for maps of the campground layout and new campground letter/numbering system. Additionally, affected camping loops will be closed for reservations in early 2019 pending completion of the project.

Will reservation holders get a new confirmation letter?
Campers with existing reservations will be sent a revised confirmation letter that reflects changes to their reservation. Please bring this revised confirmation letter with you when you check-in. If you need to cancel or modify a reservation or make a new reservation, please do so when Assateague reservations re-open on January 8, 2018.

Can I find out more about the project?
Many of you have seen the impact storms, high tides, high winds and erosion have on the park’s vulnerable beach areas. This project is part of our efforts to adapt to changing conditions and look for sustainable and resilient park management approaches. See the link below to learn about the history and purpose of this project.

Please continue to monitor our Assateague State Park website for future updates. We greatly appreciate your patience and interest in this project and look forward to providing you wonderful camping experiences on Assateague Island for many years to come.

Assateague Island is an always-changing barrier island; each time you visit, you will experience something different as the ocean, winds, and sands continue to move. More and more, these natural factors along with higher tides and more intense storms have resulted in regular damage to the dunes that protect the infrastructure and natural resources at Assateague State Park.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Maryland Park Service have been studying the stability of the dunes at Assateague State Park over many years. In response to these natural factors as well as measured effects of climate change including mid-Atlantic coastal sea level rise, Assateague State Park has undertaken this plan to increase resilience to coastal erosion and storm events. The project will provide for anticipated dune migration and add to dune stabilization while maintaining a safe and enjoyable camping experience for visitors and protection of infrastructure and facilities.

Phase I

Phase I of the Assateague Campground Improvement Project will include the relocation of five campground loop roads, shifting them 20 to 100 feet westward away from the primary dune; loops affected are: C, D, E, F, G, and H. Work will include the relocation or elimination of several campsites located at the eastern-most part of the loop. This strategy will allow space for migration of the dune westward while still maintaining access to each camping loop. In addition, the plan calls for the creation of a small number of more primitive, walk-in style campsites on the southern portion of the current J Loop camping area with a small parking lot adjacent to Bathhouse #9. The total number of campsites will be 342.

Phase II

ASP_noreaster.JPGPhase II of the Assateague Campground Improvement Project will be stabilization and reinforcement of the current dune system through the addition of sand to the western side of the dune. This will broaden the dune and create a more stable and resilient profile that has been developed from an analysis of historical data on erosion rates, tides, waves, and storm surges. Additional measures include renovations of crossovers, planting of stabilizing dune grasses, and installation of dune fencing on the west side. These measures are an effort to add stability and strength to the current dunes and provide protection from erosion, higher than average tides, intense storms, and storm surges.

Due to the project postponement, the campground realignment and dune stabilization projects are now scheduled for fall/winter of 2018, to be completed prior to Memorial Day 2019. Changes in campground configuration will impact reservations being made for the 2019 camping season as the names and numbers of many of the camping loops will be changing. Please refer to the additional information provided for maps of the campground layout and new campground letter/numbering system. Additionally, affected camping loops will be closed for reservations in early 2019.


Please continue to monitor our Assateague State Park website for future updates. We appreciate the patience of all of our campers and your interest in this project. Our goal is to provide a high quality camping experience on Assateague Island for many years to come.

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