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Camp Lejeune & New River Marine Base North Carolina





Welcome to Expeditionary Forces in Readiness Camp Lejeune, NC. This base is one of the larger Marine Corps bases in the United States.

Construction began in 1941 to carve 200 square miles of swampland and dunes into the Worlds Largest Amphibious Base. Named in honor of Lieutenant General John Archer Lejeune, former Commandant of the Marine Corps, Camp Lejeune has been home to thousands upon thousands of Marines who have perfected the technique of modern amphibious warfare.

This Base is in a Sub-Tropical Climate, and is home to some of the most beautiful waterfront lands in the area. Eastern North Carolina is known as The Crystal Coast with gorgeous local beaches, said to be roamed by Blackbeard himself on his way to Ocracoke. Many families love living on this base because of the activities. Many single Marines don’t care for the base because they have to drive to get to a major town.

New River Air Station is attached to Camp Lejeune.


The weather here ranges from highs in the 50’s in the winter to the 90’s in the summer. It can be quite humid.  The average rainfall is over 50 inches a year.

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Tuesday 09/01/2015 20%
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Partly cloudy. Lows overnight in the low 70s.
Wednesday 09/02/2015 20%
Sunny along with a few clouds. High 91F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.
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Thursday 09/03/2015 50%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Partial cloudiness early, with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 88F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

You may be asking yourself what is there to do around Camp Lejeune?

Jacksonville Race Hope for the WarriorsArea Activites

Close to home: There are many small towns around the base. Activities include berry picking (strawberry and blueberry), Bear Island, Farmer’s Markets, Mike’s Farm for seasonal activities, Coastal Towns Raceway, and Beirut Memorial.

Willmington, NC: The closest big city around (about an hour’s drive). This is where you need to go for big days of shopping (try Outside Mall or Independence Mall) and more restaurants and activities. The USS North Carolina is also located in Willmington.

Onslow County: A great place to get information for libraries, DMV services, local calendars and more.


Onslow Beach:This beach is one base. It’s amazing, beautiful and you can drive within 15 minutes without leaving the base! There’s very good rental gear available.The base is currently building a new Exchange in the area, there’s cabanas to rent on a daily basis, cabins for rent year around, surf lessons, kayaking, fishing from the beach, sea turtles laying eggs in the spring and more!

Topsail Beach: Small relaxing island with beautiful beaches. Many businesses are seasonal.

Emerald Aisle: One of the more lush islands on the Outer Banks. There are 23 miles of beach and many year round activities.

Atlantic Beach: (1 hour from Jacksonville). Beautiful beach with a boardwalk, playground for the kids, life guards and bathrooms. Tends to get really busy starting around noon and the weekends. There are limited parking spot.  Remember to bring your change, they’re metered!  Lifeguards on duty seven days a week from Memorial weekend to Labor Day weekend.

Fort Macon: (1 hour 10 minutes from Jacksonville). North Carolina State park with lots of free parking, but they will close the lot when it’s full. There are no lifeguards or concession stands due to the cutbacks. There is a bathhouse with restrooms, covered picnic areas and outdoor showers. The beach is always clean. The fort is really cool to visit if the beach is not your thing.

Privacy: If you are looking to get away from the tourists, there are tons of public beach access roads off of Hwy 58 (the main road).

Pine Knoll Shores: Great little aquarium about an hour north of Lejuene in the Crystal Coast area (Emerald Isle/ Atlantic Beach area).

Swansborrow: An amazing little town on the water… shopping, cigar shot, Irish pub attached to an Inn, great places to eat.






Area Schools for Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

ShareMILITARY HOUSING   |   ABOUT LEJEUNE & NEW RIVER BASE  |  RESOURCES  YOUTH CARE, ACTIVITIES & SPORTS  |  GETTING TO AND FROM   Marine Corps Base Schools and School Districts How are the schools at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base? (any reviews are completely independent from the School Liaison Officer Office) Camp Lejeune School Liaison Officer All of …

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Base Information for Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base

ShareMILITARY HOUSING   |   AREA SCHOOLS   |   YOUTH CARE, ACTIVITIES & SPORTS  GETTING TO AND FROM   |   RESOURCES   Commissary: Open Monday thru Friday open from 9:30am-8:00pm. Saturdays 9:00am-7:00pm. Sundays 11:00am-6:00pm. Base Events: This base is great about planning things for spouses and your family. There’s always something going on. Bingo games, Texas Hold ‘Em, concerts, etc. Exchange: There are two large exchanges …

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Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base Youth Care, Activities and Sports

ShareMILITARY HOUSING   |   ABOUT LEJEUNE & NEW RIVER BASE  |   AREA SCHOOLS   GETTING TO AND FROM  |  RESOURCES   Child Care Programs Children, Youth and Teen Programs: Offers family care referrals (on base home daycares), School Age Care for after school programs, and CDC (Child Development Center) which takes children six weeks thru six years. Child Development Center: Offers hourly, …

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Getting To and From Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base

ShareMILITARY HOUSING   |   ABOUT LEJEUNE & NEW RIVER BASE   |   AREA SCHOOLS YOUTH CARE, ACTIVITIES & SPORTS    |   RESOURCES   Which airport should I fly into to get to Camp Lejeune or New River Marine Corps Base?  How far should I drive to get to Lejeune Marine Corps Base? Major airports Note that the times are …

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Military Housing for Camp Lejeune and New River Marine Corps Base

Share   ABOUT LEJEUNE & NEW RIVER BASE   |   AREA SCHOOLS   |    RESOURCES GETTING TO AND FROM  |  YOUTH CARE, ACTIVITIES & SPORTS   To the South, Topsail Island with its unique Military History has a relaxing lack of commercialization, and was the filming location for the popular Nicholas Sparks movie, Nights in Rodanthe. Further to the …

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Resources for Camp Lejeune and New River Marine Corps Base

ShareMILITARY HOUSING   |   ABOUT LEJEUNE & NEW RIVER BASE   |   AREA SCHOOLS YOUTH CARE, ACTIVITIES & SPORTS   |   GETTING TO AND FROM   Looking for some helpful websites for more information?  Here are a bunch of links that we have found helpful for Camp Lejuene including a phone directory, housing links and more. Official Marine Corps Base …

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