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Georgia Coast Region
Jekyll Island State Park Authority
Jekyll Island State Park Authority Gathering Storm at Sunset © Joseph W Cwik
Shot from the beach facing West in evening, 2004
Jekyll Island State Park Authority Jekyll Sunset © Joseph W Cwik
Jekyll Island State Park Authority © Jackie DeBusk
In 1950, the Jekyll Island-State Park Authority was established by the State of Georgia to govern and manage the island. The Jekyll Island Authority serves as steward of the island, overseeing all natural areas and commercial operations of the island.

Jekyll Island is a barrier island off the southeastern coast of Georgia. In 1886, Jekyll Island was purchased by a group of millionaires for use as an exclusive, private retreat known as "The Jekyll Island Club." Jekyll Island was purchased by the State of Georgia in 1947 from the Jekyll Island Club. This part of Jekyll is now the Historic District.

The Authority oversees the operation, maintenance and promotion of the island's amenities and Historic District, and the provision of municipal services for the island's residential community, 10 hotels, rental cottages and businesses.

Various amenities are operated by the Authority, which include the Historic District, 63 holes of golf, a tennis center, miniature golf and bike rental, Summer Waves Waterpark, an oceanfront soccer complex, a 55,000 square foot Convention Center, restaurants, and a campground. The Authority provides a fire department/emergency medical service and maintains several public picnic areas, beach crossovers, bike paths, a boat ramp, and a small airstrip.
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Jekyll Island State Park Authority is located near Brunswick, Saint Marys and Saint Simons Island

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
July 15 north picnic area
dredging the channel for big ships washed mud onto beach closing picnic area in early eighties and creating the mess you call driftwood beach! this is not good managment and 6.00 to come on island is crazy. use to be .25 when draw bride was there!
August 7 by THE PRUETTS
This is the most wonderful campground we have ever stayed in, anywhere. We have been coming there now for 20 years. love every minute. No negative comments from here.
July 8 by Karen
We love the natural beauty of the island. However, the campground is need of improvement. The sites are too close together, lots of litter, and drainage issues during storms. However, the staff is always pleasant. Lastly, not happy with the desire to build up the island. The area near the convention center is too commercialized and takes away from the history. We have been coming here for 25 years and the last few years have been disappointed in the commercialization, which is distracting of the natural beauty and history of the island.
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Jekyll Island Campground
1197 Riverview Drive
Jekyll, GA


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