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SAN ANGELO—Middle Concho Park

From US 67: US 87 S 1.3 miles; FM 584 SW 4.2 miles; Red Bluff Road W & S 4 miles. On Lake Nasworthy. Primitive camping area 25 acres. Limit 14 days. Reservations not accepted. Flush toilets, no drinking water. Swimming—lake, fishing, boat ramp (boat speed limit 30 mph). Curfew 10:30 p.m.–6 a.m. (Information: 325/277-8766. San Angelo Police Department: 325/481-2750.) PANHANDLE PLAINS

SAN ANGELO—SAN ANGELO STATE PARK

From US 87: FM 2288 S .75 mile to N shore entrance; S 8 miles to S shore entrance. From US 67: FM 2288 N 1.5 miles to S shore; 8 miles to N Shore. On O.C. Fisher Lake & N Concho River. Wheeled-camper sites with electric, water & sewer 5; with electric & water 63. Prepared tent sites 28. Primitive camping on 2,000 acres. Cabins 6. Reservations OK. Dump station, flush & chem toilets, drinking water, hot showers, picnic tables, fire pits. Fishing, swimming—lake, boat ramp (motorboats OK), bicycle trails, horseback riding, playground, horseshoe pitching, volleyball, park naturalist, nature trails. Wi-Fi accessible at South Shore Gatehouse. Fee. (3900 Mercedes St Ste 2, San Angelo 76901, 325/949- 8935. www.texasstateparks.org.) PANHANDLE PLAINS

SAN ANGELO—Spring Creek Park

From US 67: US 87 S 1.3 miles; FM 584 SW 6 miles; Fisherman’s Road W & N 1.5 miles. On Lake Nasworthy. Primitive camping area 25 acres. Limit 14 days. Reservations not accepted. Flush toilets, no drinking water. Swimming—lake, fishing, boat ramp (boat speed limit 30 mph). Curfew 10:30 p.m.–6 a.m. (Information: 325/277- 8766. San Angelo Police Department: 325/481-2750.) PANHANDLE PLAINS

SAN ANGELO—Twin Buttes Reservoir

From US 87: FM 2288 S 11 miles; US 67 W 3.5 miles. On Twin Buttes Reservoir. Camping area 200 acres. Limit 14 days. Primitive tent area. Swimming— lake, fishing, boating, boat ramp. (Information: 325/277-8766. San Angelo Police Department: 325/481-2750.) PANHANDLE PLAINS

SAN FELIPE—STEPHEN F. AUSTIN STATE PARK

From I-10: FM 1458 N 2.2 miles; Park Road 38 W. On Brazos River. Wheeledcamper or tent sites with electric, water & sewer 40; with water 40. Screened shelters 20; dining hall with kitchen, group lodge day-use fee. Limit 14 days. Reservations OK. Dump station, flush toilets, showers, grills, picnicking. Fishing on Brazos riverbank, hiking trails, park store. Fee. (PO Box 125, San Felipe 77473, 979/885-3613. www.tpwd.state.tx.us.) PRAIRIES AND LAKES

SANFORD—Bugbee Public Use Area

From N city limits: FM 1319 N 1.9 miles; local road NW & SW 1.5 miles. On Lake Meredith. Semi-improved camping area. Limit 14 days. No firewood available. Vault toilets, picnic area, grills. Fishing & motorboats OK (fee). No drinking water. (National Park Service, Box 1460, Fritch 79036, 806/857-3151. www.nps.gov/lamr/planyourvisit/camping.htm.) PANHANDLE PLAINS

SANFORD—Chimney Hollow

From N city limits: FM 1319 E 2.5 miles; left on dirt road 1 mile. On Lake Meredith. Undeveloped camping area. Limit 14 days. No firewood or drinking water available. Vault toilets, fire rings, picnic tables. (National Park Service, Box 1460, Fritch 79036, 806/857-3151. www.nps.gov/lamr/planyourvisit/camping.htm.) PANHANDLE PLAINS

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SHELBYVILLE—Boles Field Recreation Area

From Center, TX: TX 87 S 4 miles; FM 2694 8 miles to entrance. Campsites with electric & water 20. No campsite reservations. Flush toilets, hot showers. Amphitheater & picnic shelter available for reservation. (US Forest Service, 5050 State Highway 21 E, Hemphill 75948, 409/625-1940. Reservations: 877/444-6777 or www.recreation.gov.) PINEY WOODS

SHELBYVILLE—RAGTOWN RECREATION AREA

From TX 87: FM 139 E 6 miles; FM 3184 E 4 miles; FSR 132 E 1.5 miles. On Toledo Bend Reservoir in Sabine National Forest. Camper or tent sites 25. Dump station, flush toilets, showers, boat ramp, nature trail. Fee. (Sabine River Authority, Box 227, Hemphill 75948, 409/565-2273.) PINEY WOODS

SILVERTON—LAKE MACKENZIE PARK

From Silverton: TX 86 W 5 miles; TX 207 N 7 miles. On Lake Mackenzie. Wheeledcamper sites with electric & water 42. Tent sites & primitive camping. Picnic tables (wheelchair-accessible tables). Group shelter by reservation. Dump stations 2, flush toilets, cold showers, bait, shelters, tables, grills, snack bar, ice, grocery. Swimming—lake (unsupervised), fishing (now have a crappie house), boat ramp, Jet Skis allowed, scenic views, nature trails. Playground, horseback riding, dirt bike & ATV area. (Lake Mackenzie Municipal Water Authority, 141 S Mackenzie Road, Silverton 79257, 806/633-4335. www.lakemackenzie.com.) PANHANDLE PLAINS

SILVERTON—Silverton Municipal Park

Adjacent to TX 86, between Louetta & Braid Foot streets. Wheeled-camper sites with electric & water 2. Playground, grocery, ice. (City of Silverton, PO Box 250, Silverton 79257, 806/823-2125.) PANHANDLE PLAINS

SMITHVILLE—BUESCHER STATE PARK

From TX 71/95: FM 153 E .5 mile; Park Road 1 N. On 25-acre lake in park. Backin wheeled-camper or tent sites with electric & water 40; with water hookups 25. Screened shelters 4; mini-cabins 3; lodge 1; pen group picnic shelter; recreation hall with kitchen & rest rooms, overnight & day use. Limit 14 days. Reservations OK. Dump station, flush toilets, showers, grills, playground. Fishing, 7.5-mile hiking trail. Fee. (PO Box 75, Smithville 78957, 512/237-2241. www.tpwd.state.tx.us.) PRAIRIES AND LAKES

SNYDER—Lake J.B. Thomas Bull Creek Park

From TX 350: FM 1606 W 4.9 miles; FM 2085 W 2.6 miles; FM 1298 N 1.9 miles; FM 1610 W 3.2 miles; local road S 2 miles. On Lake J.B. Thomas. Camping area 2 acres. Limit 7 days. Picnic tables. Pit toilets, no drinking water. Public boat ramp. Swimming—lake, fishing, boat ramp (depending on water level). No ATVs. Fee. (CRMWD, Box 869, Big Spring 79721-0869, 432/267-6341.) PANHANDLE PLAINS

SNYDER—Lake J.B. Thomas Sandy Beach Park

From TX 350: FM 1606 W 4.9 miles; FM 2085 W 2.6 miles; FM 1298 W .5 mile & local road W 2 miles. On Lake J.B. Thomas. No ATVs. Camping area 2 acres. Limit 7 days. Pit toilets, no drinking water, picnic tables with & without grills. Swimming—lake, fishing. Fee. (CRMWD, Box 869, Big Spring 79721-0869, 432/267-6341.) PANHANDLE PLAINS

SNYDER—LAKE J.B. THOMAS SOUTH SIDE PARK

From TX 350: FM 1606 W 4.9 miles; FM 2085 W 2.6 miles; FM 1298 W .6 mile & S 1.8 miles. On Lake J.B. Thomas. Camping area 100 acres. Limit 7 days. Group pavilion. Dump station, flush toilets, no drinking water, picnic tables with grills. Swimming—lake, fishing, boat ramp (depending on water level). No ATVs. Fee. (CRMWD, Box 869, Big Spring 79721-0869, 432/267-6341.) PANHANDLE PLAINS

SNYDER—LAKE J.B. THOMAS WHITE ISLAND PARK

From TX 350: FM 1606 W 4.9 miles; FM 2085 W 2.6 miles; FM 1298 S 3.1 miles; local road W 2.2 miles. On Lake J.B. Thomas. Camping area 5 acres. Limit 7 days. Group pavilion. No drinking water. Dump station, pit toilets, picnic tables with grills. Swimming—lake, fishing, boat ramp (depending on lake level). No ATVs. Fee. (CRMWD, Box 869, Big Spring 79721-0869, 432/267-6341.) PANHANDLE PLAINS

SOMERVILLE—BIG CREEK RESORT, MARINA & CAMPGROUND

From TX 36: FM 60 W 4 miles; Park Road 4 S 4 miles. On Somerville Lake; 300 acres. Back-in wheeled-camper or tent sites with water & electric (30 & 50 amp) 120, with sewer also 3. Cabins with AC 10; cottages with AC 4; bunkhouse; primitive camping on 60 acres. Reservations required. Dump station, flush toilets, drinking water, hot showers, picnic tables, fire pits, ice, grocery, snack bar. Swimming—lake, fishing, boat ramp (motorboats OK), tackle, bait, pavilion, bicycle trails, trail bike area, horseshoes, nature trail, scenic views, boat & Jet Ski rentals, gas dock. (Big Creek Marina, PO Box 418, Lyons 77863, 979/596-1616. www.big-creek-marina.com.) PRAIRIES AND LAKES

SOMERVILLE—LAKE SOMERVILLE STATE PARK

Four areas on Somerville Lake: 2 parks (Birch Creek & Nails Creek), Lake Somerville Trailway & Somerville Wildlife Management Area; entrance fee good for entire complex. Limit 14 days at both parks. Reservations OK. 13 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, backpacking, birding & nature study connects the park units. Birch Creek Unit: From TX 36: FM 60 W 7.6 miles; Park Road 57 S 4.3 miles. Campsites with water & electric; primitive campsites; walk-in tent sites; equestrian campsites; group trailer area. Dump station. Convenience store near park entrance. Fishing jetty, fish-cleaning shelter, multi-use trails. (14222 Park Road 57, Somerville 77879, 979/535-7763.) Nails Creek Unit: From US 290 in Burton: FM 1697 NW 11 miles; FM 180 NE 4 miles. Equestrian campsites with water 10; campsites with water & electric 40; walk-in tent campsites with water 10; 2 group picnic pavilions. Fee. (6280 FM 180, Ledbetter 78946, 979/289-2392. www.tpwd.state.tx.us.) PRAIRIES AND LAKES

SOMERVILLE—ROCKY CREEK PARK

From Somerville: TX 36 S 4 miles; FM 1948 W 4 miles; park road N .5 mile. On Somerville Lake. Back-in wheeled-camper or tent sites 203; with electric & water 82. Limit 14 days. Dump station, flush & pit toilets, showers, tables, shelters, grills. Swimming—lake, fishing, boat ramps (motorboats OK), playground, scenic views, nature trail. Fee. (Corps of Engineers, 6500 Thornberry Drive, Somerville 77879, 979/596-1622. www.recreation.gov.) PRAIRIES AND LAKES

SOMERVILLE—YEGUA CREEK PARK

From Somerville: TX 36 S 4 miles; FM 1948 W 2 miles; access road NW 1.5 miles. On Somerville Lake. Back-in wheeled-camper or tent sites 82; 47 with electric & water. Limit 14 days. Dump station, flush & pit toilets, showers, shelters, tables, grills. Swimming—lake, trail bike area, fishing, boat ramps (motorboats OK), amphitheater, playground, nature trails, scenic views. Fee. (Corps of Engineers, 6500 Thornberry Drive, Somerville 77879, 979/596-1622. www.recreation.gov.) PRAIRIES AND LAKES

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND—ANDY BOWIE PARK

From US 77/83 S: Exit US 100 E to Port Isabel, cross Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway on South Padre Island, left on State Park Road 100 (N Padre Blvd) 5 miles, right side. Near Laguna Madre Bay & Gulf of Mexico. On 225 acres. Wheeled-camper sites with electric, water & sewer 18. Limit 180 days. Reservations required. Primitive camping on 70 acres. Dump station, flush & chem toilets, drinking water, hot showers, picnic tables, bathhouse. Fishing, swimming, playground, volleyball, park naturalist, nature trails, scenic views, hotel lodging, bird watching trail. Fee. (7300 N Padre Blvd, South Padre Island 78597, 956/761-5283 or 956/761-3704. www.co.cameron.tx.us/parks/index.htm.) GULF COAST

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND—ISLA BLANCA COUNTY PARK

From US 77/83 S: Exit US 100 E to Port Isabel, cross Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway on South Padre Island, right on State Park Road 100 .5 mile. On Gulf of Mexico. Near Laguna Madre Bay & Gulf of Mexico. About 110 acres. Wheeled-camper sites with electric 600, with water & sewer 580. Limit 180 days. Reservations required. Cabins with AC 8. Reservations OK. Dump station, flush toilets, drinking water, hot showers, bathhouse, picnic tables, ice, grocery, snack bar. Fishing, tackle for sale or rent, bait, swimming, boat ramp (motorboats OK), bicycle trails, trail bike area, playground, horseshoe pitching, scenic views, restaurants, waterpark, marina (full-service), activities, Bingo (winter). Fee. (33174 State Park Road 100, South Padre Island 78597, 956/761-5494. www.co.cameron.tx.us/parks/index.htm.) GULF COAST

SPEARMAN—LAKE PALO DURO

From city: TX 15 4.5 miles; left on County Road 28 9 miles to Palo Duro Dam; right to campground. On/near Lake Palo Duro. 10,000 acres. Wheeled-camper sites with electric & water 37; primitive camping available. RV camp sites are in 2 places. Limit 14 days. Reservations OK. Dump station, flush & chem toilets, drinking water, hot showers, picnic tables, fire pits. Fishing, swimming—lake, bathhouse, boat ramp (motorboats OK), bicycle trails, trail bike area, horseback riding, playground, horseshoes, volleyball, softball fields, nature trails, scenic views. Abundant wildlife—bald eagles, geese, ducks in winter; deer, turkey, birds all year. Covered shelter behind dam available for rent for large gatherings. (Palo Duro River Authority, PO Box 99, Spearman, 79081, 806/822-4401.) PANHANDLE PLAINS

SPICEWOOD—LCRA Grelle Recreation Area

From FM 620/TX 71 in Bee Cave: TX 71 W; Spur 191 N 1 mile; County Road 404 right 1 mile; County Road 412. On Lake Travis; 400 acres. Primitive tent sites. Vault toilets, swimming, picnic tables, fishing, scenic views, nature trails. Fees. (640 County Road 412, Spicewood 78669, 512/473-3366. www.lcra.org/parks.) HILL COUNTRY

SPICEWOOD—LCRA Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area

From Bee Cave, W of Austin: TX 71 W; Pale Face RR (County Road 404); then take County Road 414 to park entrance. On Lake Travis. Primitive campsites. Vault toilets, tables, swimming, mountain bike & nature trails. Fishing, motorboats OK, scenic views. Fees. (2820 County Road 414, Spicewood 78669, 512/473-3366. www.lcra.org/parks.) HILL COUNTRY

SPICEWOOD—PACE BEND PARK

From TX 71: FM 2322 NE 4.6 miles. On Lake Travis. Back-in wheeled-camper sites with water & electric 20. Tent sites with water nearby 400. Limit 7 days. Reservations OK. Dump station, flush & vault toilets, showers. Swimming— lake, fishing, boat ramp (motorboats OK), water skiing, windsurfing, sailing, mountain bike trails, scenic views. Fee. (LCRA/Travis County Park, Box 1748, Austin 78767, 512/854-9437. Reservations: 512/854-9437. www.co.travis.tx.us/tnr/parks.) HILL COUNTRY

STEPHENVILLE—STEPHENVILLE CITY PARK

From US 377/67/281 (South Loop): Graham Street (TX 108) 1 mile, across Bosque River. 80 acres. Wheeled-camper sites with electric, water & sewer 7; sites with no hookups 7. Limit 7 days. Reservations accepted for July 4 activities. Dump station, flush toilets, drinking water, hot showers, picnic tables, grocery. Swimming—pool, bicycle trails, trail bike area, playground, horseshoe pitching, tennis court, volleyball, softball field, nature trails, scenic views. (378 W Long St, Stephenville 76401, 254/918-1295. www.ci.stephenville.tx.us.) PRAIRIES AND LAKES

STINNETT—STINNETT CITY PARK

Within city: 1 block W of courthouse & 1 block S. Near Lake Meredith. Wheeledcamper sites with electric, water & sewer 4. Limit 3 days. Dump station, flush toilets, grocery nearby. Swimming—pool. (City of Stinnett, PO Box 909, Stinnett 79083, 806/878-2422.) PANHANDLE PLAINS

SULPHUR SPRINGS—COOPER LAKE STATE PARK (SOUTH SULPHUR UNIT)

From I-30: Exit 122, on TX 19 N 10 miles; on FM 71 W 4 miles; on FM 3505 N 1 mile. About 2,500 acres. On Cooper Lake. Back-in wheeled-camper sites with electric & water 87. Screened shelters 17; cabins with AC 14; cottages with AC 4; prepared tent sites 15. Limit 14 days. Equestrian camping area. Group picnic pavilion. Dump station, flush & chem toilets, showers. Swimming—lake, fishing, boat ramp, horseback riding, playground, ice, tables, park naturalist, scenic views, nature trails. Fee. Also see Cooper. (1690 FM 3505, Sulphur Spring 75482, 903/945-5256. www.tpwd.state.tx.us.) PRAIRIES AND LAKES

SWEETWATER—LAKE SWEETWATER PARK

From I-20: FM 1856 S 3.6 miles; FM 2035 E .4 mile. On Lake Sweetwater. Concessionaire: Wheeled-camper sites 19; with electric & water 10; with electric & water at water’s edge 7. Other camping area 25 acres. Dump station, flush toilets, bait, grills, snack bar, ice, grocery. Swimming—lake, fishing, boat ramp, playground, scenic views. (326 FM 2035, Sweetwater 79556, 325/235-1223.) PANHANDLE PLAINS

SWEETWATER—Lake Trammell Park

From I-20: TX 70 S 4 miles; FM 1809 W 2.8 miles& S 1.2 miles. On Lake Trammell. Primitive camping area 300 acres. Tables. No swimming or skiing. Fishing, boat ramp, bicycle trails, horseback riding, nature trails. (103 County Road 296, Sweetwater 79556, 325/235-4166.) PANHANDLE PLAINS