Monday, October 13, 2014

Campground Review: Lake Livingston State Park Livingston, TX

I'm still in the South Texas area and my daughter called me to say she would be attending a batchlorette party in Houston and wanted to camp one day that weekend in the Tank and spend time with me.  After trying to get reservations at the parks closest to Hoouston and finding them booked I lucked out and got one of the few remaining sites at Lake Livingston State Park where I've never camped.

The park is about 8 miles southwest of Livingston.
Lake Livingston is the reservoir for the city of Houston and was formed by damming the Trinity River with the Livingston Dam.  With water depths up to 55 feet it's an impressively large lake when you see it.

Lake Livingston from the top of a 3 story observation tower.
Lake Livingston State Park is tucked along the southeast corner of the lake and features 5 different camping "Loops" each with about 35 campsites.  Four of the five loops have lake view/access.....ours was the the fifth without.  It was called the Pin Oak Loop if you want to try to not get assigned there - it's the east-most loop in the park , as I mentioned, we were fortunate to get any site so beggars couldn't be choosers, so to speak.  It was a nice enough campground and very lively given the presence of 100 or so girl scouts and boy scouts camping there that weekend.   My daughter and I walked from our loop to the Day Use  area where we got the pictures of the lake you see.

My daughter Nickelle at the top of the lake observation tower.
Here's the Lake Livingston State Park data sheet:


Hookups:                                 20, 30, 50 amp  water and sewer
Fire ring:                                  Yes
Water Access:                         Yes at 4 out of 5 loops
Fresh Water:                            Yes
Trash Service:                          Yes
Toilets:                                    Yes
Showers:                                 Yes
Dump station:                         Yes
WiFi:                                       No
Level sites:                              Yes
Laundry:                                  No
Store:                                       Yes
Pool:                                        Yes
Shade:                                     Yes
Verizon reception:                   4G, 2 out of 4 bars
Millenicom reception:              3 out of  4 bars
Cost:                                       $18 / night

The Day Use area of the park has a boat ramp for getting boats onto Lake Livingston and a better stocked than usual park store and the aforementioned three story observation tower that provides great views of the lake.  This state park is on the smaller side so there were less hiking trails than you usually get...about 2 miles of hiking and 2 miles of horse back trails.

Docks and fishing piers at the Day Use area of the park.
This was the view from the back steps of the Tank at our campsite which was completely shaded by trees.

Each site had an RV parking spot and a tent pad for tent campers.

If you make plans to camp at Lake Livingston State Park try to reserve campsites on the Piney Shores loop, particularly sites 1-10 or 53-71, those are directly on the lake and would offer (I assume since I couldn't get one) the best camping experience with views of Lake Livingston.  I always enjoy camping with my daughter so it didn't make that much difference to me this time!

Thanks for reading!