Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Lake Colorado City State Park

We are now in Lake Colorado City State Park, just southwest of the city of Lake Colorado City, which is on Interstate 20 between Midland and Abilene. The 500 acre park, which is leased from a local utility company, was acquired in 1972 and opened the next year. The lake is formed by Morgan Creek, and was built by Texas Electric Service Company to provide cooling water for the power plant. The landscape is typical West Texas country. It is gently rolling with mesquite trees. White tailed deer, raccoons, armadillos, squirrels, rabbits, and prairie dogs are the most common mammals. Crappie, perch, catfish, bass, and red drum can be found in the lake.

There are no full hookup sites in the park.78 sites have water and electric, many with 50 amp. There are a handful of pull-thru sites. RV sites can be found in the Mesquite Circle Camping Area and the Rolling Hills Camping Area, where we stayed in site 71. Each of these camping areas has a restroom facility complete with showers. There are no curtains in the showers, though, so privacy is lacking. Our site was pretty level. I was able to park my truck in front of the trailer, but longer rigs will have trouble fitting in the assigned area on many sites. There are also 34 sites with water only in the Lakeview Camping Area. In addition, there are 11 "limited use" cabins. These sturdy buildings have A/C, heat, microwave, refrigerator, and bunks. They do not have bathroom facilities, but public restrooms/showers are located nearby.

The Rolling Hills Camping Area. Our truck and trailer in center, with restrooms/showers directly behind.

Restrooms/showers in our camping area. Note access point at peak of roof.

Our rig in site #71. Sites were nice, with covered picnic table.

Cabins

Close up of one of the well built cabins.

Lakeside camping area. Only water is available here.

Entrance to the Mesquite Circle Camping Area.

WiFi was available but not reliable. We were next to the restroom facility in our area and I noticed the access point mounted on its roof. However, the signal was never strong and it was in and out. We were not able to pick up any television reception on our aerial. The best thing was radio. We picked up one FM station out of nearby Colorado City (107.1) and I loved it. It played mainly older country music by artists such as Conway Twitty, George Strait, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, and others. It even played Johnny Horton's "Battle of New Orleans." What a treat! I don't care for the country music produced today, so I really enjoyed this station.

There is really no hiking to speak of, although the map indicates a short trail along the shore.

The lake was way, way down. I had hoped it would be higher because of the rain the area received last year and so far this year. Instead, we found fishing piers closed and the water line very low. It's pretty depressing.

This pier was closed due to low water. Note the pier across the cove.

Close-Up of the pier across the cove in the above picture. I don't know what tore it from its foundation and dumped it in the water.

Fishing pier resting on a sloping bank due to low water.

The park is very quiet. It is well away from any major highway, so there is no highway noise. I was surprised at how empty the park was. Spring break for most schools in West Texas started this week, so I expected the park to be lively. However, there were no more than 6 or 8 sites occupied in our camping area during our stay.
Boat ramp near North end of park. Note water line is below concrete.

Playground equipment in day use area at north end of park. North end of lake is visible in background.












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