Elks Lodge RV Parking – Affordable Dry Camping and Full Hookup RV Parking

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One of the perks of being an Elk is having access to RV parking at Elks Lodges around the United States. The cost and amenities do vary from lodge to lodge, but it’s typically more affordable than other options in the area. Plus, we know there’s a cold drink and hot meal waiting for us inside the lodge.

Elks Lodge RV Parking

Elks Lodge RV Parking Lompoc

Every Elks Lodge sets their own price and rules for RV parking and some lodges don’t offer RV parking at all. Our favorite way for finding Elks Lodges is through the Allstays Camp & RV App. There is a filter option to show all the Elks Lodges in the United States. Some take reservations, but we’ve found most to be first come first serve. This works out well for us since we never know where our journey will take us.

Elks Lodge 2274 Lompoc, CA

On our recent journey up the Central Coast of California, we stayed at the Elks Lodge in Lompoc, California. This lodge has dedicated RV parking along the back with water and electric hookups. With plenty of power from our solar and battery setup and half a tank of fresh water, we opted for the dry camping option. For a reasonable donation, we had a nice spot to park the camper van and access to the Elks Lodge. Watch the video below to get a glimpse of our stay at the Lompoc Elks Lodge.


Now that we’re in a camper van, it’s nice to not worry about being able to fit into a spot. We’ve stayed at a few lodges where it would be difficult for a 45’ motorhome to get into a spot. It’s best to call head and get all the details before arriving at the lodge.

Elks Lodge RV Parking Amenities

Amenities vary from lodge to lodge and you must be an Elks member to use them. Some offer full hookup sites with picnic tables and dog walks. Other lodges only have dry camping spots in their parking lot next to a busy freeway. There are lodges that offer only 20 or 50 amp service. RV dumps also vary in price and availability.

Interested in becoming an Elk and joining a lodge? You can fill the membership inquiry form to get started and be directed to your nearest lodge.

Although we prefer to camp in the national forest or on a farm or vineyard, having the option to stay at an Elks Lodge is a nice perk.

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10 thoughts on “Elks Lodge RV Parking – Affordable Dry Camping and Full Hookup RV Parking”

  1. Monterey CA Elks Lodge is in a perfect location for touring the Monterey Peninsula which includes Carmel, Pebble Beach. We dry camped there for 4 nights during US Open at Pebble Beach for $18 per might, they office gives you a keycard with access to lodge during their regular hours, including gym, showers, pool, lodge bar. It’s situated in a quiet residential areas, not far from Highway 1 but you cannot hear the traffic. San Luis Obispo Elks has a large pool, but no key card, need to get buzzed in (approx 9am-9pm) however RV parking was extremely close to 101, traffic noise was unbearable, we moved to their front parking lot as we were dry camping. Oceano Elks (Pismo Beach) is very close to the beach, but no shower facilties or gym, but we went to their Wednesday night dinner, which was fun $10. Have heard really good things about Lompoc but have not been there yet. Lodge dues vary widely by location, Palo Alto CA (new Lodge with full amenities dues+pool+gym more than $1000, but Sunnyvale CA Lodge which really has no amenities

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  2. Hey Joe. We too found and love your videos. In one episode you mentioned being an Elk. How does one go about making a local contact? Our nearest lodge is Morganton, NC. We are fellow campers and inspired to hit the road for long stretches. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    • Hey Chuck,

      The easiest thing to do is to go in and simply introduce yourself. Tell them your interested in joining and want to learn more. I’d suggest attending an event or two to see if it’s something you’d be interested in.

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  3. Just read your first book and related to a bunch of things. We belong to the seniors plus group and travel In our 2018 29 footer jayco envoy with a dog and cat. I am a very long time Elk and use their camp grounds when available. we are presently in Crystal Beach Texas and will stay here until march. Haven’t done much of the free camp grounds but will do so this summer. happy camping

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  4. Hi Kait and Joe! These WI cheese heads are in the finally planning stage and will be kicking off our Full time life this summer. We are easing into it with a camp host position at Peninsula State Park in WI. As we travel we plan to join some of the travel discount groups. We already have Passport America and will be joining Harvest Hosts. My question is about the Elks club. With your experience, how beneficial has it been to have that connection, how often have you used it and what is the new member process? We also plan to do a good bit of boondocking as well.

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    • Hey Julie,

      The Elks have been great but we don’t use them that often. It’s nice to be able to pop in, grab a beer and meet new people. Some will accept mail for you and if you’re looking for some good activities, the Elks always has something going on. You can find out more about the process to become a member on their website.

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  5. The Moose Club has a similar program. A friend of mine lives in Lake Placid, Florida, with a Moose Lodge a couple of blocks away. You always see RV’s parked there, plugged in. The sign says “For Moose Club Members Only”, and the price is a “free-will offering … “

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