Memorial Day Weekend Update: Traffic Loop, Highway 17 Construction, and the South Gate

With Memorial Day Weekend quickly approaching, Ocean Lakes is here to keep you in-the-know on what to expect when traveling to, from, and around Myrtle Beach, SC this holiday season. 

Traffic Loop | There will be many motorcycles on the roads and a late-night traffic loop that includes Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach, SC (about 3 miles North of the campground).

The Basic Information | Thousands of visitors will be along the Grand Strand for Atlantic Beach Bikefest. The 23-mile traffic loop that we have had for the last few years will be in place from 10 PM to 2 AM on Friday through Monday (May 24th – May 27th). This project aims to keep traffic flowing on Ocean Boulevard.

How To Navigate The Traffic Loop |
- Start at 29th Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard
- Continue South to Kings Highway near Myrtle Beach Airport
- The loop will go up Harrelson Boulevard to U.S. 501
- Northbound U.S. 31 to U.S. 17 Bypass and back to 29th Avenue North

Where Can You Receive More Information? | Call the Myrtle Beach Police Department’s Information Line at (843) 918-INFO (4636) to receive directions.

Traffic Tip | If you feel like the loop throws a curve ball in your weekend plans, you can email pdsocial@cityofmyrtlebeach.com and include your leaving point and destination. Myrtle Beach Police will respond with the best route, which would be to avoid the traffic loop. 

Highway 17 Construction and South Gate | The Highway 17 Construction Project is ongoing and the previous communications regarding our South Gate are still in affect. 

Due to the SCDOT construction, if you will be heading North towards Myrtle Beach, use the South Gate. However, if you will be heading South towards Surfside Beach, then use Spring Lane to the Main Gate traffic light to make a left turn, which will lead you southbound.

For your safety, we encourage guests to avoid the South Gate when heading South. Making a U-Turn at the traffic light is potentially hazardous due to the southbound traffic flow from Highway 544.

Until Next Time | We want to welcome you to Ocean Lakes Family Campground, and we hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!


A Summer of Fun at Ocean Lakes

The Ocean Lakes Team wants you and your family having fun this Summer! We have been preparing and planning for a Summer everyone is sure to remember. Our 2019 Summer Season will run from June 3rd through August 11th, and we hope to see you in the campground!

Summer Activities Guide | If you vacationed with us during the 2018 Summer Season, then you may remember the handy-dandy Summer Activities Guide. Well, it is back and packed with even more exciting activities! This guide will be made available to all guests during the week of Memorial Day Weekend. All guests will be able to pick up their copy in the Main Office, Recreation Center, and all other offices in the campground.

Sneak Peak | In the meantime, we are giving you a sneak-peak of what is to come this Summer at Ocean Lakes Family Campground. While we will be bringing back a few of everyone’s favorite activities, we will also be increasing the fun-meter quite a bit by adding a few new surprises!

Here are four new surprises to the Summer Activities Guide:

1.    Corn Toss (Tournament - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday at 12:30 PM) – Stop by the Recreation Office to sign out Corn Toss bags for two hours of Corn Toss fun! The Corn Toss Tournament will now be held at the new location, which is beachfront beside the Horseshoe Pits. There is no fee to play, and you must be 12 years old and up to sign up for the Corn Toss Tournament. Winners will receive sweet prizes!

2.    Sunrise Stretching (Tuesday and Thursday at 8 AM) – Start your morning off the beach way! Join our qualified instructor on the Observation Deck to enjoy the peaceful sunrise while performing stretching techniques combined with mild yoga. You must be 12 years old and up to participate, and there is no fee.

3.    Sandy’s Star Party (Thursday at 8 PM) – Join us for an evening of star-gazing fun on the lawn of the Nature Center! Learn to use a telescope, name the nearby constellations, and participate in exciting star crafts and astronomy games. This activity is open to all ages and there is no fee. There must be five individuals signed up for this event to occur and sign up is required at the Nature Center by 5 PM on Thursday.  

4.    Sandy’s Butterfly Bonanza – Come explore the exciting life cycle of butterflies in our new exhibit located outside on the back lawn of the Nature Center! This exhibit features multiple native and migratory species of butterflies of the East Coast. See different life stages from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly and learn about the host plants for each species. Tours of Sandy’s Butterfly Bonanza will be on Friday’s from 12 PM to 1:30 PM every 10 minutes from June 7th to August 9th.

Until Next Time | We hope you enjoy this sneak peak of what is to come this Summer at everyone’s home away from home. See you in Ocean Lakes real soon!