This is a big park located on the shores of Lake Somerville. Although they offer a limited number of sites that serve 50 amp, all of those sites are located bunched-up close to the marina in the most undesirable part of the park. No internet service in our camping loop and no full hook ups either. The restroom and shower facility ranks as the worst I've ever experienced. We had great neighbors and during our stay, 3 nights total, we never saw anyone affiliated with the park patrol or even ride around our loop. I can only imagine if you get stuck next to a group whose idea of a camping weekend is different from yours....you are on your own. The picnic tables are unusable due to decay and lack of upkeep. Which is generally the problem with the entire park. They have 1 dump station and its located on your exit from the park and includes a tricky turn for medium to larger trailers, 5ers and motor-coaches. To complicate matters, once you've dumped the turn to exit the park is impossible to navigate with a large rig due to the positioning if the exit gates. That forces you to head back into the park and make another tour around the camping loop in order to get your rig positioned correctly to exit the park. Much better options available on the lake. We were forced to stay here due to the US Government Shut-Down that cancelled our reservation with the Corp of Engineers Park. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This campground while large, is unkempt. The covered fishing pier is filthy, the walls and ceiling and hand rails are layered in spider webs and inches of dirt and dust and insect larvae. We saw several large water snakes in the tires hanging on the posts in the water. The bathrooms and showers are disgusting. The water on this end of the lake is so rough due to the constant wind that you'll get soaked in a fishing boat. The cabins are basically shacks and appear boarded up from the outside. It turns out those are wood shutters on the inside of the windows. There are so many cobwebs and spiders on the outside of the buildings I can't imagine sleeping in them. This campground is in need of some serious attention. With a little TLC and a good powerwasher and some remodeling of the nearly un usable showers and restrooms, this could be a great family spot. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Pro's: huge park next to Lake Somerville; family friendly; sandy beaches; very shallow next to shore for quite a ways out. Can bring as many tents, boats, watercraft, family/ friends, vehicles, etc. as you want. An extra day pass comes with each site so you can entertain without paying extra. There are cabins and rooms that overlook the lake. Beaches and common areas are clean. No problem with dogs enjoying the beach or swimming in the water. Jet-ski rental on site as well as a grill open on the weekends. Alcohol ok. Cons: packed in like sardines on the weekend we were there. If you like peace & quiet, no kids running around and through your site, no boat motors at all hours of the day & night, loud music/partying -- this might not be your type of place. Sites range from spread out to close & shady to full sun. Close to lake or further away. All types of watercraft allowed & there are several boat launches in the park. After I got over my horror at seeing 8 tents, 2 rv's, 10 trucks, and 4 boats/ trailers spread over 3 sites ( not to mention the dozen easy-ups!)--we had a great time! Lake is nice, everyone is friendly, no public drunks that I saw, and no problem with my 5 month old puppy being off- leash. We will definitely go again! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Spent the weekend here and really enjoyed ourselves. It is not a fancy resort by any means, but it does have a nice store and even a bar and grill. There is a jet ski rental and a beach area. The owner is a really nice guy and willing to do most anything to make your stay enjoyable. It is definitely pet friendly. It is an active campground, but everyone was very respectful, there were many families, so our kids had a blast. We camped right on the water. We will definitely be coming back! We camped here in a Motorhome.
We've been here twice, and it is enjoyable. If you are a tenter it can get really hot in the summer unless you camp down on the lake where you get a really nice breeze. Really good park if you want to bring horses. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This park was very clean and well shaded. It had some of the cleanest restrooms I have
seen in this area. The marina has a full store with all the fishing, camping, and recreation items you need for sale. I bought groceries there often as it was more convenient than going to town. Ice was very reasonable. They have docks for your boat or a beach you can park it at. Swimming on the beach was great. The water was perfect. The only downfall was lack of sand for the beach. I was told that was due to the flooding in June. I highly recommend this park. It is on "Corp. of Engineers" owned property but is privately run. This gives you opportunities to enjoy yourself more. We could drink at our site or at the beach. Noise was kept to a minimum. The owners always checked in to see how we were doing. I loved it there and will return as soon as I can. Maybe next time, in one of the cabins. They were booked when I was there. We camped here in a Tent.
Similar to previous reviews, very pleasant, quiet, relatively well maintained, well laid out park. Very helpful park personnel, good room between spaces with privacy further provided by thick underbrush. Our space was paved, but narrow and short, barely room for our 27’ trailer and tow vehicle; also paving was in poor condition. Our space was level left to right, but slanted down front to back. Lots of shade in Post Oak loop (had to trim to keep wind from scraping limbs against RV at night), but not much shade in group trailer loop. Lake was very low during our visit and so hike to lake was long. Looks like good canoeing and kayaking up Yegua creek when water higher (canoes and kayaks rented in park). Over the air TV provided one local station. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Nice SP with several different trailer sections. Sites are not paved and most are not very deep. We have a 40' FW. Lake access is short walk from many spaces. We stayed in spot #4 with distant view of lake and only 30A service. Watch for trees overhanging roads. Many deer and fawns. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Mostly treed sites; some equestrian sites available. Nice hiking/biking trails and well maintained restrooms. Fee does not include the daily use fee, which is waived with a state parks pass. We would return here. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Nice clean Texas State Park. Most sites are large and are well-separated from your neighbor. Some lakefront sites. Lots of wildlife: we saw deer, armadillos, squirrels, rabbits, and 'coons. Oh, and hundreds of birds. We like this park because it's close, wooded and quiet. Take all the food/drinks you need because the nearest 'real' store is about 30 minutes away! Free Wi-Fi is available at the front Ranger Station. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice treed and shady site: some on the lake. The site we were (#28) was not level, thank goodness for Lynx blocks! Sites are separated from each other by vegetation. Located about 40 minutes from Bryan College Station on country roads. Friendly, helpful staff: even offered to have a Ranger come back my trailer in for me! We will be back again! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Nightly rate does not reflect $3 per person per day usage fee (BUY A TX PARKS PASS!) We stayed in the Post Oak Camping Area(#45). Heavily forested, clean park with exceptionally friendly and helpful staff. Asphalt roads and sites. W/E on the side near the rear, sites are not uniform length/width and vary in their degree of being level - we had to raise the driver side of our 28' fifth wheel by 2" and lower the front end quite a bit to make it level. Other sites looked more level but we liked the view so stayed where we were. Most sites have lots of space and trees/shrubs between them so there is privacy from your neighbors. The only negative about the park - the shower house is older and NOT heated. Negatives which the park has no control over - the nearest town (Somerville) with a large grocery store/propane/fuel is about 15 miles away so come stocked with provisions, closest wi-fi hotspot is the library in Caldwell (about 25 miles away), over the air HDTV is weak with 5 stations, Alltel cell reception is 1 bar and very weak - lots of dropped calls. Positives - wireless is very good, the shower house has plenty of hot water, the dump stations are designed well and easy to access, there is a small convenience store/bar & grill just outside the park entrance, there are numerous maintained trails within the Birch Creek Unit as well as a 13 mile (1-way) bike/hike/equestrian trail that connects the Birch Creek and Nails Creek Units, LOTS of birds/wildlife and the park is p-e-a-c-e-f-u-l. This park has become one of our favorites and I definitely recommend it as a place to get away from it all. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Sites are very nice and secluded, and shady. Only possible negative was that the park is a long drive to any attractions. Ranger drives around regularly checking on campers. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We camped in the Yaupon Camping area. This area has 30 spacious campsites for RVs or tents. A few of the sites have full views of the lake. Our spacious site, #18, had plenty of room for a big rig and a couple of cars; however, it did not have a fire ring. It also had a covered patio area located several feet away from the back of our rig. We paid a $3.00 fee for using the central reservation system on the web. If you call the park directly within 48 hours of arrival, they will book the reservation for you. Otherwise, you’ll have to call the central reservation system or book your reservation on the web. We did not have a site-specific reservation. Upon arrival, we were assigned site #9, a 50 amp site. After checking out the site, we decided to move to site #18, which is a 30-amp site. During our visit, the weekend was completely booked. It was not crowded during the week. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park is very large (over 2,000 acres) and consists of several units and a trailway connecting the two units. The birch creek unit has overnight camping for rvs and tent camping while the Nails Creek unit is a day use only facility. All rv sites have water and electricity and the majority of the rv sites are well shaded and spaced. There are no pull thru sites and none have sewer hookups, although dump stations are conveniently located on each camping loop. The roads are all asphalt and in good condition, although a little tree trimming on some of the roads would be helpful. Some of the campsites have views of Lake Somerville and a few (less than 15) are located where boats could be pulled up on shore within several hundred yards of the campsite. About 15% of the sites have been updated to include new asphalt pads and concrete walks, fire rings, etc. All sites have asphalt pads, fire rings and picnic tables; however, not all picnic tables have covers. In general, this park is good for relaxing, hiking and fishing and is generally very quite except on holiday weekends when it is usually full. We have been to this park a number of times and will definitely go back. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Birch Creek Unit is an excellent Texas State Park outside of Somerville, Texas. Some of the sites are shallow, but most are very well shaded and private. Be sure you tour the Blue Bell ice cream plant in Brenham. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We had two different campsites at this park. The first was an unpleasant experience. The site was unlevel and very close to neighboring sites. We were having a health crisis with our dog and were so focused on that problem that we decided to tough it out in the site. It was tolerable until our neighbors (a group of several families) decided to have their 6:30 am beers and chatter right outside our bedroom window. Then they lit off their fire in a ring the park had stupidly placed right in between sites so that the smoke inundated our living room. Fortunately we were able to move to another site in the peninsula area which gave us a level gravel pad, a peaceful lake view, with plenty of room to remain undisturbed by neighboring sites, their campfires, and late night conversations. Our rating reflects this second site. The moral of the story: ask to drive through the campground first to select a site here. There are lots of hiking trails in the park, as well as the boating, fishing, and swimming available in COE campgrounds. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Rocky Creek was overhauled last year and is very nice. The roads were repaved and the electrical redone. The restrooms/showers are very nice and well kept. The COE has not yet opened up a few loops, and I am not sure why that is? The staff is very friendly and helpful upon check in and when you need them. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The warm welcome set the tone. We asked to be away from lights and noise so were directed to a nearly empty loop. It was quiet and dark. Beautiful, big sites with everything working. Nice views, immaculate washrooms, and shade over the picnic table. Altogether a pleasant stay. We checked out @2:15 PM (after a tour of the Blue Bell plant) with no problem. My one complaint is that the 30A loop was closed so we paid more but w/ Golden Age it was only and extra $2. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Although the lake is tragically low, this was an entirely pleasant place to spend the evening. Recently 'improved,' Rocky Creek Park COE campground is very well maintained and was very, very clean. Our site was nearly perfectly level and easy to back in to. Water pressure was very high! The campground has that well-manicured 'park like' look and feel. Over thirty deer met us as we entered the site loop and they just continued to graze, paying not the slightest attention to us. Except for the Argentine ants, this was a perfectly delightful stay! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Great Place with a waterfront view. Had a nice site with fire pit and grill. It's quiet but bring your ajax to put around your wheels. Those crazy argentina ants are everywhere and will soon be inside your trailer if not attended to. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We were here during spring break. We arrived the week before and were only a few campers in the whole park. As of the weekend beginning of spring break, the park was full. We camped in #48, in the 50 amp section. It seemed quieter than the other areas. In all, the park was quiet even though it was spring break. At this time, only one of the bath houses had been replaced. We were told that in April the park will be closed for improvements to be done. We have Verizon phone and internet and had good signal on both. Direct TV was good in the lake front sites. It might be hard to find an open sky in the sites away from the water, due to the moss covered, live oak trees. The only down side is no sewer, but that might be one of the improvements scheduled. We would return to this campground. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This was the first time for us to stay at this park. It is a very nice park run by the Army Core of Engineers. The park has a combination of electric and non-electric sites. The park is covered by large trees and the lake is also very large. The restroom in our area was new and was very nice and clean. The drives and pads are gravel. They are very long but the approach is rather narrow on some, so backing can be difficult. The pad area was level but the drive was up hill which caused some tire spin on the rocks. Our site (22), and some of the others were a little close together. They do not charge a daily fee per person. We even had other family come to the park for the day and they were not charged them at all. The rate was $20.00 a day total. We will be back. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Very nice lakefront site (#1). Park very friendly as many campers are here to fish and enjoy the lake. Restrooms and showers need updating. The park is closing May 1st, 2011 for renovation without a stated completion date. Rocky Creek COE is also closed for updating. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The staff is very nice and the campground is free of trash. BUT and this is a big BUT, the place is full of grass burrs. I have dogs and the dogs can't even walk on the road because of the burrs. Hooking up utilities had my shoes/jeans covered in burrs. Even though we had paid for 10 days, we left after 2. I won't be back to this campground. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Nice COE park scheduled for updates this winter. Restrooms were rustic but reasonable clean considering that and the shower was nice and warm. The best waterfront sites do not have electricity. We stayed 3 days at a waterfront site with electricity but with limited access to the water. We had hoped to be able to tie up our boat but there was too much tall, tall grass to do that so we had to launch every time we went out. Had luck catching catfish. The $9.00 rate is the half price senior federal pass rate. We camped here in a Truck Camper.
I have to admit, we camp at Yegua Creek about 4 times a year. It's close to our home but that isn't the only reason. It's just a great mix of rustic with modern. We love the sandy beach area in the middle loop. The kids love swimming there. Staff has always been helpful and friendly. I understand that this park is closed until further notice due to a complete face lift. I am very anxious to see what changes are in store for our fave camping place. The bathrooms are in need of some updating, and it would be nice to have a little store on the grounds. Who knows! It's family friendly but yet, you can still party a little. Easy walk to the water from the middle loop. I wouldn't recommend most of the spots in the first loop in the summer. No shade on most spots and it gets very hot! This has been our home away from home for 8 years now, we love it! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Rate is w/Golden Age Pass. 47 of the sites have water and electric. Friendly staff. Paved roads, grave site. Sites are fairly level. Mostly back in sites, I don't believe there are any pull thru sites. Nice water view sites. 50 to 75 deer in field every night. Lots of room to walk the dogs. Picnic table and grill and fire ring at each site. Most picnic tables under a small roof shelter. Verizon phone and air card worked very well. About 20 miles from large grocery store. Good for fishing and boating. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.