Sunday, October 1, 2017

Campground Review: Potters Creek Park Canyon Lake, TX

I'm always looking for parks that accept my Senior Access Pass 50% discount off their camping fees.  I found a really nice one on the northern shore of Canyon Lake, Potters Creek Park, which is an Army Corps of Engineers constructed park in the Hill Country of south central Texas.  Most National Parks, Corps of Engineers, federally administered parks accept the pass and it has saved me a ton on camping fees!  When I got to the park only one of three sections was open for camping.  It was a couple weeks after Hurricane Harvey and the CoE were reserving one large section for any evacuees that might need a place to stay (this seemed weird to me, if they didn't get anyone just after Harvey why hold campsites more than two weeks after it hit?)  It's a big park, though, with 130 full hookup campsites so I scored a nice shaded campsite in the loop that was open.

The giant live oak trees kept the afternoon sun off the Mini.

There really aren't any hiking trails in or around Potters Creek Park so I got my walking in on some of the country roads going by the park where some of my fellow campers also biked.  I guess the main activity at the park would be boating on Canyon Lake.

The boat ramp onto Canyon Lake.

Here's the Potters Creek data sheet:


Hookups:                                             20, 30, 50 amp, water                                                
Fire ring:                                              Yes                                                                 
Water Access:                                     Yes (lake)                                                       
Fresh Water:                                        Yes                                         
Trash Service:                                      Yes                                         
Toilets:                                                Yes (flush)                                         
Showers:                                             Yes                                                                 
Dump station:                                      Yes                                         
WiFi:                                                   No                                          
Level sites:                                          Yes                                         
Laundry:                                              No                                                                  
Store:                                                   No                                                                              
Pool:                                                    No                                                      
Shade:                                                 Yes                                                     
Verizon reception:                                4G, 3 bars                                           
Internet reception:                                3 bars                                      
Cost:                                                  $26/night, $13/night with Senior Pass

Being in the Hill Country meant that there were a lot of deer in the park and it was a rare walk where I didn't encounter some.

One of the park's deer families.

Like all the CoE parks I've stayed in Potters Creek is really well laid out and the showers and bathrooms were cleaned on a daily basis, the trash dumpsters were emptied daily too.

Covered picnic area with shower building in the background.

For full hookups and access to Canyon Lake $13 a night at Potters Creek Park is a pretty great value!  I'd never camped there before but I'll definitely be back.

Thanks for reading!