Let’s Go Fishing!
Lake Livingston State Park is unique in the sense that it has one of the largest lakes in Texas to fish in. Not only can you wet your line in the lake, but you can enjoy a nice hike through the woods or camp under the stars. If you are looking forward to getting out of the hustle and bustle of city life, this is the park for you.
Conveniently located one mile south of Livingston on Park Rd. 65, this park is just outside the city limits. If you wanted to take a day trip into town, you most certainly could. While most people like to visit the park during spring and summer months, it is far from uncommon to see guests during fall and winter as well.
Unlike many other Texas State Parks, Lake Livingston does not have cabins, but screened shelters are available to rent. In other words, a night under the stars is what you should plan on. If you are need specific sleeping equipment, you may want to make sure that you are prepared before you come. Upon making your reservations, you will find that there are several types of sites to choose from. Whether you want to sleep with a lakeview or require that your site has electricity and/or water, you are sure to find just what the doctor ordered.
If you enjoy a nice evening walk or a long hike to occupy your day, you are in for a great surprise. Lake Livingston State park has over eight miles of hiking trails just for people like you. Some of the trails are even open to horseback riding, so if you would like to enjoy some riding time you are more than welcome to do so. Check with the maps and park officials if you are unsure which trail you should take.
If you would like to pedal your way to rest and relaxation, there are over six miles of mountain bike trails available for just that. Always watch the signs and check with officials about which trails are designed for biking. Some trails do not allow cycling because it may spook the horses.
If you are interested in going for a boat ride, the park does have on-site paddle boat rentals. Paddle boats are to remain in the lake as opposed to the swimming pool. A couple of hours of fishing on the lake might be just what you need to relax after a day of hiking and cycling. In fact, the park has a fishing equipment loaner program so that you do not have to purchase, rent or bring your own equipment.
When looking for a place to take a dip, you will find that you have several options throughout the park. You can choose to swim in the lake from one of the many swimming spots or take a dip in the pool. There is not a fee for swimming in the lake, but there is a small fee for using the pool. You can also rent the pool for special events by calling ahead of time.
Know Before You Go
Lake Livingston State Park is a great place to visit, but there are a few things that you should know about before heading out. From March until mid-November, you want to make sure that you bring mosquito spray. Pets are allowed on location, but they must remain on a leash at all times, and they are not allowed in any buildings. Last but not least, have fun!