Campground Reviews

KOA Decatur/Wheeler Lake

Sunrise Over Wheeler Lake


As we passed through Alabama on our way to Florida we started getting a little tired and did our usual “campgrounds near us” search. We found this KOA and saw it was right on the water. We were traveling US 72 and saw it was located only 4.3 miles off US-72. We booked it online from the phone app and we were on our way.

Tried To Use Points

We had some value points built up on our KOA card and planned on using some to take some money from the camping fees. Upon arrival, there was a young man in the office who was checking us in. As in most of the KOA’s we have stayed in he was very nice. When we mentioned the value points he told us he did not know how to do it but he promised he would get in touch with someone, later on, to find out. Within an hour, he contacted us that he had found out how to do it and we would receive the credit back on our card within a few days which we did.

What? No Cable?

We had an easy in/easy out full hook up site that was long enough for us not to have to unhook from the truck. The site was fairly level and before you know it we were hooked up to water and electric and ready to explore. One thing we had not noticed until after the office closed was that our cable hook up was broken. It was not a big deal for us as we spent the night enjoying an awesome campfire and did not need the cable. After not having been able to have a campfire in Amarillo for the last 6 months, we were thoroughly enjoying this one.

Pump-Outs Are Available

The camp store was fairly well stocked and sold firewood so we had picked some up when we checked in. We were in a spot very close to the entrance/exit and there appeared to be only a handful of other spots around us. All the sites around us were full hook up. I mention this because as we walked the rest of the park, we noticed all the other sites were water/electric only. They offer a pump-out service for an extra fee but also have a free dump station.

Our Site Decatur

The wifi and Verizon phone signal was extremely weak. There was no swimming pool but instead had a beach with an area to swim. The park is on the smaller side but has a few nice amenities. There is a nice sized boat ramp and offer tent camping. The laundry facilities were available 24 hours and were clean. They also offered kayak/canoe rentals for a fee.

Day-Use Park Also

The campground also is a day-use park. You can come for the day, use the boat ramp, picnic area, and beach for the day. The day-use area is between the small full hook -up sites and the larger area water/electric sites. There are 2 large parking lots to accommodate the day users.

The park restrooms were clean but fairly run down. I don’t know if it’s like that in the busy season because we were there in the offseason. The grass near the beach/waterfront was overgrown and some of the day-use bbq’s were broken. Again I am not sure if it was because it was off-season and they just have not started the repairs yet.

Cabins On The Water

Some of the RV sites had some great views of the lake and all the cabins were located right on the water. The sunrise was absolutely spectacular. The lake views were beautiful. The one downside to the lakeside views came when we were checking out the boat ramp and floating dock. We started reading some of the signs and realized there was a nuclear power plant located just on the other side of the lake. The evacuation signs were a little unsettling for us.

Final Thoughts

The bottom line is although the campground features some stunning views of the lake, sunrises, and a nice peaceful wooded setting, the nearby power plant would probably deter us from returning.


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Date Of Stay: 10/4/2017
Site#: 201


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KOA Decatur/Wheeler Lake

8.4

Overall Appearance

8.5/10

Big Rig Friendly

7.0/10

Restroom/Showers

7.0/10

Staff Friendliness

9.5/10

Park Road Conditions

9.0/10

Site Size/Condition

9.5/10

Pros

  • Tent Sites Available
  • 30/50 Amp Available
  • Cabins
  • Dump Station
  • Propane
  • Pet Friendly
  • Playground
  • Fairly Well Stocked Camp Store

Cons

  • Very Few Full Hook Up Sites
  • Not Maintained Well
  • No Pool
  • Nuclear Power Plant Within 10 Miles
  • No Dog Park
  • Poor Wi-Fi

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