The park is really in a beautiful setting. In addition to a large fishing pier and at least 2 boat ramps, the park also has a park store, an amphitheater, riding stables, and a swimming pool.
|Fishing pier; photo taken from observation tower next to park store|
First, some of the park, including 3 camping areas and portions of the trail system, are closed. I believe this is a result, in part, of Hurricane Ike, which was about 4 years ago. There are still numerous trees that were knocked down by the storm, and they are still working on removing them. In addition, I was told that the drought from last year killed a large number of trees, and they are trying to remove them at this time. Piney Shores, Red Oak, and Pin Oak Loop campgrounds were all closed during our stay. These 3 campgrounds account for about 100 campsites.
|Downed trees along main park road|
The design of the campgrounds leaves much to be desired. It's obvious to me that whoever designed the campsites in this park knew little about RVs. On most RVs --though certainly not all -- utilities are usually located in the same general area. That is, water, sewer, and electric are located in general proximity to one another.
|Location of utilities on my trailer: city water on left, sewer at bottom center, and electric on right.|
|Utility connections: water at far left (post next to tree), electric pole in center, and sewer at far right.|
And adding to this parking problem is a rather deep ditch running along both sides of the road. If you should miss your driveway, there is a bit of a drop off. There is little room for error, especially with all of the trees that line the site. And the campsites are so short in length that there is not enough room in some sites to park the tow vehicle. We saw several sticking out into the road.
|Example of the ditch that runs along park road, and example of illegal parking that is tolerated at Lake Livingston SP|
The park was pretty full over the weekend, and we enjoyed sitting out and watching kids be kids, riding their bicycles on the park roads and playing together. As the weekend drew to a close, most visitors drifted back to their regular lives, and the park emptied out. This was the time we enjoyed the most, for we then were able to really enjoy the natural qualities of the park.
|Donna enjoying our camp; fire helps keep mosquitoes away|