By Nathan Pfau, Army Flier Staff WriterJuly 5, 2013
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (July 5, 2013) -- With summer in full swing, people on Fort Rucker don't have to travel far to get their beach and camping experiences all in one place.
Lake Tholocco Lodging offers cabin rentals, a recreational vehicle park where people can reserve spots for months at a time, as well as boat, kayak, and canoe rentals, and everything in between, Megan Royer, Lake Tholocco Lodging business manager, said.
"This is kind of a little well-kept secret," she said about the cabins. "We have 22 cabins that are available to rent, 21 of which are two-bedroom cabins, and the last one is a three-bedroom cabin, which only people of a certain rank can rent."
Regardless of rank, however, people can take advantage of everything the cabins have to offer, which include: fully-furnished accommodations, fully-equipped kitchens, screened-in back porch 32-inch flat-screen TVs, satellite and DVD players and complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access.
Royer said that there are 12 cabins -- the Singing Pines Cabins -- on West Beach, where people can enjoy "breathtaking" sunrises, and 10 cabins along East Beach, where people can enjoy a view of the Alabama sunset.
"Pets are welcome in four of our cabins located on West Beach, but we do ask that pets are kept to domestic animals such as dogs and cats," she added.
The cost to rent the cabins is $70 a night, Sundays-Thursdays, and $75 a night, Fridays and Saturdays, but Lake Tholocco Lodging asks that people rent them for both nights on the weekends.
Royer said that the rates can't be beat when it comes to the amenities they offer compared to hotels in the area.
"For what you would pay for a hotel, you can stay in a fully furnished cabin on the lake with multiple bedrooms -- you just can't beat that," she said, adding that the proximity to everything that Lake Tholocco has to offer only sweetens the deal.
In addition to the cabins, Lake Tholocco Lodging also offers 48 sites at the RV park that people can rent, including 18 long-term sites.
The long-term sites can be rented for two to three months at a time, depending on the season, said Royer. The park's sites, located on the west side of the lake, rent for $18 a night, but patrons might be eligible for a discount.
"We have three different kinds of passes that we accept that give people a discount: the Golden-Age pass, Golden-Access pass and the America the Beautiful pass," she said. "Those passes drop the rate from $18 a night to $12 a night."
The long-term sites rent for $7 a night, but must be rented for two to three months at a time, but although the sites are long-term, homesteading isn't allowed and people are only allowed to rent one specific time period at a time. Cabins and RV sites are available to authorized patrons only.
Lodging isn't the only thing offered at Lake Tholocco. The Lake also boasts a bevy of recreational activities like boating, water skiing, hiking, biking, swimming, fishing and even hunting.
"Outdoor recreation at Lake Tholocco rents everything from canoes, paddleboats, kayaks, pontoon boats and everything in between," said Royer. "People don't even have to have a boating license to operate the water vessels, they just have to complete the Fort Rucker boater's safety course."
The course is a 25-question test that people must complete either online or on-site, she said, adding that operators must also be at least 18 years of age. The boats are available to authorized patrons only.
"We treat every guest that we have like a VIP, and people that come out here really have a lot of fun, and that's what it's all about," said Royer.
For more information or to make reservations, call 255-4234.