See your photo in our 2017 Ocean Lakes calendar!

Deadline approaching! We want your photos for our 2017 Ocean Lakes calendar!

March 2016 calendar photo submitted by Ida Marcum of Lexington, KY
You have roughly two weeks left – deadline is 5 p.m. Sept. 7 - to send us your best, high-resolution photo taken in Ocean Lakes Family Campground that embodies what Ocean Lakes is all about – “Creating family memories that last a lifetime.” 

Think photos taken in Ocean Lakes of nature, events or activities, family fun or pets. But don’t just send us that generic family vacation photo that could be taken anywhere.

Photos also must be high-resolution; they cannot be social media images taken for Facebook, Instagram or Twitter because those are too small for our cool, print calendar. 
Your digital photo MUST be 350 dpi with a minimum overall image size of 9"x12" for print.

You also must sign a consent form giving us permission to publish your photo. Get that form and read all the rules here (scroll down to Picture This! Calendar Photo Contest).
You have two ways to submit your photo:

Email: memories@oceanlakes.com

Snail mail:
Ocean Lakes Marketing Department
6001 S. Kings Highway
Myrtle Beach, SC 29575

Winners will be notified in December. Good luck!


UPDATE: Our sea turtles have hatched!

A sea turtle nest relocated from the beach at Ocean Lakes earlier this summer has hatched!

The nest, which has 119 eggs, was moved June 26 to a safer location at Myrtle Beach State Park, where volunteers could protect it and keep a close eye on it.

Now, the turtles are emerging! Experts will do an inventory on the nest at 7:15 a.m. Sunday on the beach at the state park, near boardwalk S4. 

Our Naturalist Brandy Cloos – who helped move the nest in June - will be on hand Sunday, and you can be there, too! At the least you’ll see eggshells and you MAY - no guarantee - see a live hatchling in the nest, which volunteers will guide to the ocean.

You will have to pay the usual admission to get in Myrtle Beach State Park ($5 adults, $3.25 for SC seniors ages 65 and older, $3 for ages 6-15, free for ages 5 and younger).

Park at Boardwalk S4, then head about 30 to 40 yards south on the beach. Look for the big crowd!

If you can’t be there Sunday or just want to learn more about sea turtles, stop by our Nature Center on Lovestone Drive.

Let's do all we can to protect these cute little guys!

If you go to the nest inventory Sunday, here are a few tips:

Please leave your pets at home.
Stay off the sand dunes and behind the blue rope near the nest.
Pitch in by picking up a few pieces of trash to help our wildlife.
Fill in any holes in the sand and smash sand creations to reduce the obstacles for the sea turtles headed to the ocean!


You won't believe where a cat lost in the campground turned up....

Ryleigh and Kiara reunited!
Great news! Kiara, the beautiful cat that was lost in Ocean Lakes Family Campground June 30, has been reunited with her owners thanks to her microchip! 

Kiara turned up in Florida about a week ago - more than a month after she wandered away from a campsite. Not sure how the cat ended up hundreds of miles away, but because it was implanted with a chip that contained the owner’s info, Kiara was returned to Ryleigh, who just graduated from college and lives in Rochester, N.Y.

“We guess she hitched a ride under an RV at the campground,” said Katherine Bullock, Ryleigh’s mother. “She’s not telling us much about her 30-day adventure. ;-) We are just so glad that she was chipped!”

Thanks to our guests and teammates who helped look for Kiara. She’s back home where she belongs!

Tim and Molly
We get reports of missing pets in the campground often, and our teammates always quickly jump in to help reunite pets with their owners.

On our busy July Fourth weekend, Storage and Transport Teammate, Tim, was able to return Molly to her owners because the owner's name and phone number were on Molly's collar.

Bob and Fiona

We also have an ID wristband you can pick up in the Recreation Office or Main Office to write your site number on and place on your pet’s collar. That helped our teammates reunite cute little Fiona with her owners in April. One of our Security Officers, Bob, kept the dog throughout his shift until the owners returned to their site and Fiona could be reunited with them and her eight-week-old puppy.

Today is #checkthechipday, created by the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association to urge owners to have their pets microchipped and ensure the registration information is current. Microchipped cats are more than 20 times as likely to be returned to their owners than cats without chips, while dogs are more than twice as likely to be returned, according to the veterinary association.