Camping In Texas Parks

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RICHMOND—BRAZOS BEND STATE PARK

From US 59: FM 762 E & S 18.3 miles; FM 1462 E 1.3 miles; local road N 1 mile. On Brazos River. Wheeled-camper or tent sites with water & electric 77. Screened shelters 13; mini-cabin 1; primitive campsites 30; primitive equestrian campsites 20. Limit 14 days. Reservations recommended. Banquet hall. Group picnic areas. Group overnight facility. Dump station, flush & pit toilets, showers, grills, picnicking, playgrounds. No swimming. Fishing; fishing piers; hiking, biking & equestrian trails. The George Observatory, with 3 telescope domes, offers public viewing programs, as well as stargazing activities for schoolchildren, field astronomers & university researchers. Observatory operated by Houston Museum of Natural Science. For observatory information, 979/553-3400. Fee. (21901 FM 762, Needville 77461, 979/553-5101. www.tpwd.state.tx.us.) GULF COAST

RIO HONDO—Adolph Thomae Jr. Park

From US 77/83 S: Exit FM 2520 E to FM 106, right to FM 1847, N to FM 2925, right 4 miles to end of road. On Arroyo Colorado River. Near Laguna Atascosa National Refuge. Wheeled-sites with electric, water & sewer 35. Limit 180 days. Reservations required. Tent sites 15. Flush toilets, drinking water, hot showers, picnic tables, ice, grocery. Fishing, fishing tackle for sale or rent, bait, lighted fishing piers, boat ramp, motorboats OK, playground, park naturalist, nature trails, scenic views. Fee. (37844 Marshall Hutts Road, Rio Hondo 78583, 956/748-2044. www.co.cameron.tx.us/parks/index.htm.) GULF COAST

RIO VISTA—HAMM CREEK PARK

From TX 174 S of Cleburne: Rio Vista; sites with electric & water 25, with sewer 5; FM 916 W 8 miles; left into park entrance. On Brazos River. 191 acres. Wheeledcamper tent sites 10; group sites 4. Limit 14 days. Reservations OK. Overnight horse sites—fee required. Dump station, flush toilets, drinking water, hot showers, picnic tables, fire pits. Fishing, swimming—lake, boat ramp (motorboats OK), horseback riding, horse stalls (Coggins paper required), 2 new playgrounds, nature trails, scenic views. Fee. (Johnson County Precinct 1, 2744 W FM 4, Cleburne, 76033, 817/556-9311. www.johnsoncountytx.org or www.hammcreek.com.) PRAIRIES AND LAKES

ROBERT LEE—E.V. Spence Reservoir Lake View Park

From TX 158: TX 208 N .6 mile; FM 1904 W 1.5 miles; park Road S .3 mile. On E.V. Spence Reservoir. Camping area 100 acres. Limit 7 days. No ATVs. Pit toilets, no drinking water, picnic tables with grills. Swimming—lake, fishing, boat ramp. Fee. (CRMWD, Box 869, Big Spring 79721-0869, 432/267-6341.) PANHANDLE PLAINS

ROBERT LEE—E.V. Spence Reservoir Paint Creek Park

From TX 208: TX 158 W 8 miles; local road N .2 mile; local road E .3 mile; park Road N .7 mile. On E.V. Spence Reservoir. Camping area 5 acres. Wheeledcamper sites with electric, water & sewer 10. Limit 7 days. No ATVs. Flush toilets, no drinking water, picnic tables with grills. Swimming—lake, fishing, boat ramp (depending on water level). Fee. (CRMWD, Box 869, Big Spring 79721- 0869, 432/267-6341.) PANHANDLE PLAINS

ROBERT LEE—E.V. Spence Reservoir Rough Creek Park

From TX 158: TX 208 N 9.9 miles; local road SW 4 miles. On E.V. Spence Reservoir. Camping area 50 acres. Limit 7 days. No ATVs. Pit toilets, no drinking water, picnic tables with grills. Swimming—lake, fishing, boat ramp (depending on water level). Fee. (CRMWD, Box 869, Big Spring 79721-0869, 432/267-6341.) PANHANDLE PLAINS

ROBERT LEE—E.V. Spence Reservoir Wildcat Park

From TX 208: TX 158 W 4 miles; local road N .2 mile; local road E .4 mile; park road N .7 mile. On E.V. Spence Reservoir. Camping area 150 acres. Wheeledcamper sites with electric, water & sewer 14; with electric 4. Screened shelters 4; motel rooms 6. Open-air group shelter with BBQ pit, without electric 1. Limit 7 days. No ATVs. Picnic tables with electric 8. Pit toilets, no drinking water, picnic tables with grills. Swimming—lake, fishing, boat ramp (depending on water level). Bait, snack bar, ice, grocery. Fee. (CRMWD, Box 869, Big Spring 79721- 0869, 432/267-6341. Concessionaire: 325/453-2801.) PANHANDLE PLAINS

ROBERT LEE—ROBERT LEE PARK

From TX 208 in city: Austin Street N 2 miles to park. About 3 miles from E.V. Spence Reservoir. Wheeled-camper sites 8, all with electric & 5 with water. Dump station. Swimming—pool, playground, tennis, volleyball & softball. Fee. (PO Drawer 52, Robert Lee 76945, 325/453-2714.) PANHANDLE PLAINS

ROCKPORT—GOOSE ISLAND STATE PARK

From FM 3036: TX 35 N 5.9 miles; Park Road 13 E 1.4 miles & S 1.2 miles. On Aransas, Copano & St. Charles bays. Wheeled-camper sites with electric & water 101; 40 overflow sites with no hookups. Prepared tent sites 25. Youth group camping area with 8 sites. Limit 14 days, extensions depend on site availability. Reservations OK. Recreation Hall (capacity 75) can be used for day or overnight camping (bring own bedding), includes tables & chairs for 60; no kitchen facilities; 2 day consecutive rental required for overnight use of recreation hall. Dump station, flush toilets, drinking water, hot showers, picnic tables, fire pits, grocery. Fishing, tackle for sale or rent, bait, lighted fishing pier, boat ramp (motorboats OK), park naturalist, nature trails, scenic views, “Big Tree” state-champion live oak, boardwalk, interpretive shelter, interpretive programs, wade fishing, kayaking, kayak rental, seasonal birding programs, seasonal bird walks. Fee. (202 S Palmetto St, Rockport 78382, 361/729-2858. www.tpwd.state.tx.us.) GULF COAST

ROMA—FALCON STATE PARK

From US 83: FM 2098 NW 3.2 miles; Park Road 46 N. On Falcon Lake Reservoir; 572.6 acres. Wheeled-camper sites 117: with water, electric & sewer 31; with water & electric 30; with water only for camper or tents 55. Primitive camping; screened shelters 12; cabins with AC 12. Limit 14 days. Reservations OK. Dump station, flush toilets, cold showers, covered picnic tables, fire pits, grocery in Falcon Heights. Fishing, cycling, canoe or kayaking, swimming—lake, boat ramp (motorboats OK), nature trails, photo blinds, scenic views. Fee. (Box 2, Falcon Heights 78545, 956/848-5327. www.tpwd.state.tx.us.) SOUTH TEXAS PLAINS