This park is remote, quiet, beautiful, clean and well maintained. The roads and sites are paved and level. The restroom and shower facility is brand new and clean. The swimming area is not designated as the waterfront is all proctected by boulders but near site 44 is a concrete path over the boulders that goes down to the water and the lake bottom looks sandy. Rayburn Park has a dump station, three boat ramps and a new playground for the kids. The campground is well shaded by tall pine trees and the breeze coming in across the lake is cooling.
We were a bit concerned when we first pulled up friday afternoon and saw all the campers, figuring we should have made reservations. The park staff was helpful and marked about 15 sites we could look at that were available. We quickly found a good spot and checked in. The park was clean and freshly mowed. We backed the 31' motor home easily into our spot and had no problems with room for the super slide. We could see, hear and smell the Gulf of Mexico from our site and it was only a short walk to the beach. The only small drawback is you have to walk across about 15 yards of seaweed that washes up on the beach to get to the water. The sea breeze makes for some nice naps outside under a canopy during the hotter part of the day. I can't wait to return and do some more beach combing for seashells and shark's teeth.
The lake which has been mostly dry for some time has been refilled by the recent heavy rains. The vegetation that has been submerged is now decaying which gives off a sewer smell which is quite strong near the water, so we did not rent the available canoes. The park was hit hard by hurricane Rita in 2005, so some of the electricity, at the camp sites, has not been restored. Many of the trees were knocked down during the hurricane, and some areas look like a lumbering operation has taken place. The swimming area needs to be cleaned of submerged vegetation to be more inviting. In spite of these drawbacks, the park was well mowed and the restrooms were very clean. The park staff was very helpful. We stayed two days and had the park mostly to ourselves as there were only about 3 or 4 other campers and was extremely quiet. I cannot comment on the fishing but can say that 5 alligators stayed in the slough near our camp. Bird watchers will like the park as we saw many kinds of birds including bluebirds. The magnolia trees are also blooming at this time. We camped in the Henhouse Ridge campground.