Our business is family...
Ocean Lakes Family Campground was built by Mary Emily and Nelson Jackson, along
with their five daughters, starting in 1970. On July 2, 1971, Ocean Lakes opened
with 30 campsites and one bathhouse. Nelson Jackson was 50 years old at the time.
“People were lined up outside the gate by the hundreds and we were clearing
spots for their campers as fast as they could park ‘em,” he explains
with a smile.
Today, Ocean Lakes features 893 campsites and 2,554 annual lease sites on 310 oceanfront
acres with nearly one mile of beachfront, four bathhouses, and more than 360 employees
in the height of the camping season. It is the largest campground on the east coast
and one of the largest in the United States. On an average seasonal day Ocean Lakes
has 25,000 - 35,000 guests enjoying the countless amenities that have made it a
local favorite and a national vacation destination. “We could do a lot of
things with 310 oceanfront acres in Myrtle Beach, and we’ve had many lucrative
offers, but we believe that everyone - the butcher, the baker and the candlestick
maker - should have the privilege of enjoying God’s beautiful ocean,”
explains Nelson Jackson, during an interview when he was 88.
Sadly, we lost both of our founders in 2010. Nelson Jackson, passed away on February 1, 2010. We celebrate his life. Mary Emily Platt Jackson passed away on December 11, 2010. We celebrate her life.