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    Camping at Assateague

    Anyone have any information they can pass my way in regards to this? What do I need in terms of a pass, where to obtain the pass, cost, where to camp, etc? Thanks for any info.

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    Camping info

    You can get reservations on the federal side, for $20 a night, at recreation.gov but your chances on finding open spots during the weekend are limited till labor day. You could probably find a spot during the weekday. The state side (MD) costs $30 a night and if you make reservations on the weekend, you have to do so for both Fri. and Sat. Don't have the website but just google Maryland State Park Camping. Costs $15 bucks to get into Federal side, annual pass is $20, and State side is $3, I think.

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    And if you haven't visited Assateague before, I would suggest doing so before deciding to camp. I've been going to Assateague for the last 30 years and was just there surfing Bertha. I have no idea how anyone camps there with all the horse flies and mosquitos... It was a topic of conversation in between sessions. In fact, we decided to crack a couple of cold ones when we were finished for the day but had to abruptly pack up because the horse flies continued to get worse. That being said, there was no wind to help the situation...

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    Yes sir, If the wind is blowing out of the west you will want to be prepared for flies and mosqitos. The will eat you to the bone otherwise,

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    Yeah I've been there before, and I agree, those horseflies are absolutely no joke. That's a good point. Plus given the cost and trouble finding a spot, maybe I'll just stay up in OC or Fenwick for cheap somewhere if I can find a spot. Camping sounds fun, but I didn't factor in those damn bugs and mosquitos. i wish I could just show up, plop down a tent, and go to sleep.

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    At Assateague the bugs are awful unless you are in the water. I have an off road permit there and I am either in the water on in my car unless the wind is blowing the bugs away from the beach, which is rare. You would be better off getting a off road permit (if you have the right type of vehicle) or find a friend that has one and making a trip each day you are there.

    I say save the camping for the OBX area in the late Sept-Oct. time of year, I did it last fall and it was great, but we also had like 20 people staying with us and most of them were actual surfing everyday. We were staying between the Lighthouse and Frisco Pier, the weather was good except for rain the first night, there were few bugs even at night, and 1 of the days hit was head and half at the light house.

    Also at Assateague if you chose to do the "backcountry" camping option because of lack of normal camping spaces, but have an off road pass you can't use your car to drive to the beach because it has to stay parked at the ranger station. I understand them not wanting people to drive in the protected area but if you want to pop a tent on the dunes and camp/surf you aren't allowed access to the off road area in the car you paid to get a pass for. It is very frustrating deal with that sort of short sighted policy
    Last edited by JCus; Jul 21, 2008 at 07:59 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mostchillin View Post
    And if you haven't visited Assateague before, I would suggest doing so before deciding to camp. I've been going to Assateague for the last 30 years and was just there surfing Bertha. I have no idea how anyone camps there with all the horse flies and mosquitos... It was a topic of conversation in between sessions. In fact, we decided to crack a couple of cold ones when we were finished for the day but had to abruptly pack up because the horse flies continued to get worse. That being said, there was no wind to help the situation...
    yea i dont think it is too smart to camp at assateague becase of all those horse flies, but the surf is ussualy a little more fun than oc i think!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCus View Post
    I say save the camping for the OBX area in the late Sept-Oct. time of year. We were staying between the Lighthouse and Frisco Pier....
    Follow this guys advice. This little camp site sits on one of the sickest lefts I've ever surfed on the east coast(short of the actual lighthouse itself). Caught it 2 Septembers ago on a family vacation with my bro and 2 family friends from Fenwick. It was a huge east ground swell with a gnarly N wind. The lighthouse was blown out and Frisco was a mad house (even out on the shoals that were breaking). Ended up driving back toward that camp site passed the airport and scoring. We kept going back there all the way from Avon just to surf it semi-offshore and over head high with only the 4 of us out while the swell lasted.

    p.s. you can also hike N to there from the Frisco Pier if you don't have 4-wheel drive and don't mind hiking an hour

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    gotta agree w/ the obx. i'm camping at frisco woods for a week in mid august. did the same last year. I saw the airport break going off the day I arrived. wanted to set up the tent and get a spot for camping. waves were turds by the time i got back. win some, lose some. and assateague's horse flies are crazy. I was bit this weekend by a nasty bug. wasn't a horse fly but I was about the size of a half dollar. i smashed it on my back, it fell to the sand, laughed at me, and flew away. no joke

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    Quote Originally Posted by wang View Post
    Follow this guys advice. This little camp site sits on one of the sickest lefts I've ever surfed on the east coast(short of the actual lighthouse itself). Caught it 2 Septembers ago on a family vacation with my bro and 2 family friends from Fenwick. It was a huge east ground swell with a gnarly N wind. The lighthouse was blown out and Frisco was a mad house (even out on the shoals that were breaking). Ended up driving back toward that camp site passed the airport and scoring. We kept going back there all the way from Avon just to surf it semi-offshore and over head high with only the 4 of us out while the swell lasted.

    p.s. you can also hike N to there from the Frisco Pier if you don't have 4-wheel drive and don't mind hiking an hour
    If you are talking about the same site I am, the side road that leads to it is directly across the street from a this little market and fishing/hunting shop, with some gas pumps outside. It on the left a few miles past the Natural Art shop if you are heading south from the Lighthouse. As you enter the site right before the Ranger check in, you can turn off onto the sand towards the beach if you have an off road ready vehicle...I was pretty impressed with the quality of waves at this little spot, and the fact that there was no one there except for the surf club from my school, and a 3 locals that were very welcoming and mellow about us being on their beach. We also had a couple of nice cookouts and drinking sessions on that beach when the sun went down and we couldn't surf anymore.

    I am planing on going back there this fall, and camping at the same spot...the only downer was the lack of hot shower water or lights in the stall at night when it cooled off and you couldnt see in the dark shower stall, but that is nitpicking on my part.