|I checked out McBride Canyon but opted for Fritch Fortress campground.|
|That peninsula in the center is supposed to be an island in "normal" times.|
Fire ring: yes
Water Access: yes
Dump station: yes
Level sites: yes
Verizon reception: 4g, 2 out of 4 bars
Millenicom reception: 3 out of 5
Cost: Free – 14 day limit
With the exception of one lone tent camper, who moved on a day after I got there, I had the Fritch Fortress Campground all to myself! Probably due to it being off-season and the low level of Lake Meredith discouraging water sport and fishing. The weather was in the mid-70's but winds, particularly at night were really strong, rocking the Tank even after I extended the lift poles as quasi-stabilizers.
|The Tank's windy perch high up on the bluffs over Lake Meredith.|
After experiencing a somewhat scary windstorm my last night at Fritch Fortress I ran into a park ranger who let me know a lot of people choose to camp in the less scenic canyon campgrounds around the recreation area, like McBride Canyon, to avoid the high winds Fritch Fortress Campground often receives....good to know....now! Still the views from my campsite were pretty spectacular and would be missed down in the canyons:
|View out the Tank's "picture window".|
Just like my time at Lake Abilene State Park my stay at Fritch Fortress was partially depressing with the realization that this tremendous National Park is only experiencing a fraction of it's normal visitation due to water shortage. The ranger I talked to expressed concern that if things continued there would inevitably have to be staff cutbacks at the recreation area...guess they were glad I was there or they would have been staffing a completely empty campground!
At some point, when the great drought is over, I'd like to return to Lake Meredith Recreation Area and see it like it's supposed to be. Also, I might try the canyon camping areas to avoid the hurricane winds on the bluffs, but hey, I sure can't complain about what it cost me to have a National Campground all to myself!
Thanks for reading!