Thursday, May 10, 2018

Headed to Ocean Lakes for the Harley-Davidson spring rally in Myrtle Beach? Here’s what you need to know

Ocean Lakes is ready for bikers to start rolling in for the Harley-Davidson spring rally in Myrtle Beach.

The Cruisin’ the Coast rally, which attracts thousands of bikers to the Grand Strand, officially kicks off Monday, May 14 but some bikers will arrive the weekend before the official kickoff to get the party started.

The rally runs through May 20 and includes rides, entertainment and other special events along the Grand Strand.

Ocean Lakes welcomes bikers. Special parking for bikes and trailer storage areas have been set up to accommodate biker guests. Our South Gate also will be open to help guests get in the campground and start having fun as quickly as possible.

Many guests arriving this week have been watching the weather forecasts; we've had lots of questions about rain in the coming days. As of Wednesday, our go-to meteorologist Ed Piotrowski says the rain will be scattered. "That means it will not rain all day, every day, but if you are outside for several hours at a time, chances are you'll encounter a downpour."

Follow Ed on Facebook for the latest weather info; he'll give you a local forecast that's usually better than national models.

We want all of our guests who are here for the spring rally to have a fun, safe visit. A few reminders to help you make the most of your stay at Ocean Lakes:

Motorcycle rules

Guests are not allowed to ride motorcycles through the campground. Rope and motorcycle dolly towing ARE permitted to and from your rental site or campsite.

The following are NOT allowed in Ocean Lakes:

  • Riding motorcycles beyond the designated area at the entrance (signs mark the boundaries where bikes are allowed) 
  • Coasting – not under power but with a guest sitting on the seat
  • Three-wheel rides such as Can-Am Spyders and Polaris Slingshots must follow motorcycle rules; they are not allowed in the campground and must park in the designated motorcycle lot by the South Gate.

Ocean Lakes doesn’t allow bikers beyond the front area of the campground to ensure the noise doesn’t bother guests who are relaxing. While we have a number of bikers who stay with us, we also have non-bikers staying here, too.

Motorcycle parking

Ocean Lakes has a designated area for free motorcycle parking at the South Gate entrance. You must be a registered guest of Ocean Lakes and have a campground-issued orange wristband attached to the bike’s handlebars to park in this area.

Guests should pick up the orange wristband for their motorcycle in the Main Office when they check in. If the office is closed, you can get a wristband from the Main Gate or South Gate. Your site number will be on the wristband, which gives our team a quick way of contacting the bike’s owner if needed.

For bikers’ convenience, there are two unloading ramps available in the parking area by the South Gate.

Cars and vehicles also can park by the South Gate but only in the closest section to U.S. 17 Business, which is separated from the bikes and designated with signs as vehicle parking.

Trailer parking

Guests can park their utility trailers at their site if it safely and completely fits on their homesite or campsite.

If that doesn’t work, trailer parking will be available in our West Lot, which is across the street from the campground with easy access off S.C. 544. Cost is $5 a day.

This area is only for trailer storage; you will not have 24-hour access to park your motorcycle inside the trailer at the end of the day.

Getting into Ocean Lakes

Our South Gate will be open! Bikers can use the South Gate for more convenient access to the biker parking area. Ocean Lakes also is opening the South Gate to help alleviate congestion at the Main Gate during the rally.

The South Gate will be open from 8 a.m. to midnight Friday, May 11 through Saturday, May 19 and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 20.


Guests can unload their motorcycles at the South Gate parking lot or in the West Lot trailer storage area off S.C. 544 across the street from the campground.

We recommend that you do NOT unload motorcycles at your rental house or campsite unless you have a tow dolly. Remember: You won’t be able to ride your motorcycle from your site.

Need more info?

Our team is here to help. Feel free to contact Security at 843-828-4847. That number is manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Have fun and ride safe!