Thursday, April 2, 2015

Campground Review: Limestone Lake Park Marquez, TX

A few miles to the northwest of the small Texas town of Marquez lies the Army Corps of Engineers' (CoE) Lake Limestone Park.  After picking up the repaired Tank in Ennis, TX I traveled to the park to overnight on the way back to Houston.  As a caveat use the following to find the "real" park because there is a $30/night campground north of the CoE park that Google maps will take you to in response to the "Limestone Lake Park" inquiry:  GPS: 31.339296, -96.309921

The park boat launch into Lake Limestone
Lake Limestone is 13,680 acres of fairly clear water with a depth up to 42 feet.  During my stay the lake level (always a question mark in drought stricken Texas) was really high after spring rains.

A park dock awash from the high water level.
Here's the Lake Limestone Park data sheet:

Hookups:                                 None
Fire ring:                                  No campfires allowed
Water Access:                         Yes
Fresh Water:                            Yes
Trash Service:                         Yes
Toilets:                                    Yes
Showers:                                 No
Dump station:                          No
WiFi:                                       No
Level sites:                             Yes
Laundry:                                  No
Store:                                      No
Pool:                                        No
Shade:                                     Yes
Verizon reception:                   4G, 2 out of 4 bars
Internet reception:                   2 out of 4 bars
Cost:                                        Free

Lake Limestone Park's fishing pier.
After I found the "real" park I was disappointed that I didn't have more than one night to stay there as I was the sole camper in the whole park!  A few fisherman came in the next day but the park was all mine for camping.

Some of the park's shaded picnic areas.
 Upon entering the park there is a CoE sign prohibiting campfires but there are charcoal grills emplaced near picnic tables.

The mint condition Tank's camping area at Lake Limestone Park.
Lake Limestone Park is somewhat remote and approached over somewhat rough roads but that's probably what keeps occupant count to the low side.  It is a pleasure camping there and enjoying the almost complete quiet and I absolutely will be heading back there again!

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