Payne Campground is accessed from Kellogg Creek Road (driving directions to Payne Campground). The US Army Corp of Engineers manages the campsite through their Lake Allatoona office and hires a private contractor to run the campground.
There are 60 campsites (campground map). Forty nine sites have 50 amp electric and water hookups. Some campsites are considered premium, which means they are open on one side to the shore of Lake Allatoona. Payne Campground also has hot showers and a coin laundry facility. The restrooms, one of the campsites, and the swimming area are handicapped accessible.
Fees - $18 - $56 per night (subject to change).
Kids' Stuff - There is a swimming area with a nice sandy beach. You can fish in Lake Allatoona from the shore, provided you abide by Georgia's fishing regulations.
RVs - Two sites have sewer hookups. Pads vary from 20 - 57 ' and most of these are back-in sites. There is a a dump station available.
Reservations - Some sites can be reserved (by phone at 877-444-6777 or online at recreation.gov). Reservations must be made 3 days in advance and there are some restrictions - 2 night minimum on weekends, 3 night minimum on holidays, and a 14 day maximum limit.
The Payne Campground Map provides details about which campsites can be reserved.
No Camping Reservations? - There are first-come, first-served campsites that cannot be reserved. You can drive out and take your chances or call the the Allatoona Lake Project Management Office at 678-721-6700 to check if there are any open campsites.
Operating Season - Payne Campground opens in late March and closes in early September. Early and late in the season the campground is only open on the weekends. You can call the management office (see above) or check their website for exact dates.
Campground Access / Hours - Campground opens at 7 a.m. on Fridays and closes at 3 p.m. on Sundays March, April, and August during the recreation season. Campground will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. May, June, and July. (Exceptions: During the week of April 2-8 and the week of August 27-31, campground will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.)
Pets - You are allowed to bring two pets, provided you adhere to a few rules. Pets are not allowed in and around any buildings (shower, bathroom, laundry) or on any of the swimming beaches. Dogs must be kept on a 6 feet or less leash when you are walking with them away from your campsite. You cannot leave your dog tied up at your campsite when you are not around.
Boat Launch - Campers in Payne Campground are provided free access to the campground's boat launch.
Other rules and regulations - A maximum of 6 people can stay overnight at each campsite and up to 6 people can visit with you during the the day. Guests are welcome from 7 AM until 10 PM and must pay a $4 park entry fee (per vehicle, with up to six people, or per-person if they walk in). There is a limit of 3 vehicles per campsite. There are no ATV's or ORV's allowed in the park.
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