Date of Stay: July, 2011
We stayed here for 3 nights as a central location to do area activities, including the beach. The sites are close together and not at all private, but the vicinity to the beach is excellent and the park staff are excellent. The campground was quiet at night. The picnic tables and covers for them are very small, making finding shade on a hot day hard unless you have an awning. The beach was clean and very accessible, but the bathrooms by the beach were out of commission and looked like they got hit pretty hard by some storm. The bathrooms were clean, but outdated. I think we will stay here again in a few years.
Date of Stay: March, 2011
This state park was well kept and well staffed. The park staff was very friendly and patrolled the park regularly, even at night. The sites were mostly level but the driveways were a bit overgrown. Power and water at each site was working well. The bathrooms were very clean, and while they were a bit dated, they were well maintained and had plenty of hot water. There were no shaded sites, but just about every site had a couple of small trees with good shade for the afternoon. The lake was low, but the swim beach and one fishing dock were still very usable. The playground was extremely dated (think 1970s vintage), but the kids don't care. The hiking trail along the lake was decent and fun for the kids. Overall I think this was a good state park to visit, but not necessarily a repeat for us.
Date of Stay: October, 2010
This park is very large and well maintained. It has cheaper rates for the 30 amp sites, which are the ones we stayed at. The sites were well shaded and were mostly level. Each site had a nice covered picnic table and fire ring, BBQ grill, or both. Our site did not have a fire ring, so we'll have to ask for a site with one next time. They have some good fishing docks and swimming areas in this lake. The swimming areas were gravel beaches. The lake was low so the swimming areas were rather shrunken in size compared with how big they should be. My impression was that the lake has been low for some time. It was probably a good 15' low. There were also some good, modern, and well-maintained playgrounds which the kids loved. These campgrounds also have some very large nice group areas with large covered picnic areas and RV hookups next to them. The campground staff were mostly full-time RVers playing camp host. They were extremely friendly and helpful. This would be a good lake for fishing or jet skiing, but probably not a lot of water skiing as it's not very large, especially at it's current level. We gave it 9 out of 10 because the bathrooms, while clean, were a little run down. We will definitely stay here again.
Date of Stay: August, 2010
We camped here as a central location to do Six Flags Over Texas and some other attractions. The location is great for accessing things in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The campground staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The sites are nice, shaded (most of them) with nice grass in between and all over. The pool was clean and very kid friendly (shallow 2' area). The bathrooms were very clean and modern. Since we don't use sewer, WiFi, or cable TV hookups, it was a little more than we like paying (we frequent state parks instead), but for an RV park where these things are part of the package, the price was reasonable and fair. We will definitely stay here again if we have reason to be in Dallas overnight.
Date of Stay: August, 2010
We spent two nights here. Most of the sites have a view of the lake and are very close to the fishing pier and beach. The park had very updated and clean bathrooms in the camping area. There was a separate shower area where you could have your own shower room, which was nice for privacy. The bathrooms in the beach/picnic area were older and dirtier, but still acceptable. We camped in the Willow Creek area, which had partial shade from mesquite trees at most sites. Some sites had full shade from oak trees, but they are rare. Get there early if you want one of those. There was a very nice lighted fishing pier where several people caught good sized perch and a catfish, so they're in there. We just couldn't catch any! Fishing in Texas state parks is free (no fishing license required) when you pay the daily entrance fee. The beach area is very nice with shaded picnic areas, a volleyball net, bathrooms/showers, and a nice sandy beach. This is great lake for boating. Park staff was extremely friendly and accommodating. We plan on returning to this great park.
Date of Stay: September, 2009
We camped here in a tent trailer during the week, and there were maybe 6 other sites occupied in the whole park. The sites are a little close together for my liking, but that would only be an issue if the park were full, plus there was vegetation separating them in some sites. Most sites have total or partial shade, with large oak trees and native shrubs abounding. The sites are mostly level, all have very nice covered picnic tables and fire rings. The bathrooms were, by far, the cleanest and nicest I've seen at a Texas State Park. They were very well maintained. The park feels secluded, although you can hear the nearby highway pretty easily, so that kind of ruins the nature feeling. The park staff was extremely friendly and helpful. They have a neat little room at the park headquarters for kids with skulls and pelts from wild animals of the area. They also have activity books and coloring pages. The bird blinds were a fun aside. They feed the birds every morning and provide nice covered blinds for you to observe them. The scenic overlook was nice, and swimming/picnic area was nice as well. The swimming area is a tad overgrown, and probably wouldn't accommodate a ton of people, but was fun for the kids. There was also lots of wildlife to observe including deer, rabbits, turkeys, cardinals, and antelope (kept in a ranch near the entrance). The park is almost always booked on the weekends during the spring and summer, so go during the week if you want privacy and space. This was a great park we plan on visiting again.
Date of Stay: February, 2009
The park staff were very friendly and accommodating. The park is laid out in a somewhat confusing manner, so get a park map before you leave the park office. It's a beautiful park with lots of shade and good access to the river, although you have to drive to it. The river access is not close to the camp sites. The sites are nice and most have trees providing some separation between you and the next site. Some sites are more secluded than others. Some sites are also quite a hike to the bathhouse, while some are closer. Park staff can tell you which are closer to restrooms or more secluded. Restrooms were clean and recently renovated. Showers looked nice, but I didn't use them so I can't comment on hot water availability. Only two areas provided good access to the river and the dinosaur tracks, even though more are listed on the map. This is a beautiful park with good amenities and friendly staff. We would camp there again.
Date of Stay: November, 2008
Camp Eagle is a Christian adventure camp deep in the boonies of South Texas. It is approximately 8 miles from the main highway. That's 8 miles of (at times rugged) dirt road, which can mean 20-30 minute drive to the camp from the highway. Although rocky, the dirt park road is still accessible to big rigs and those towing large trailers. Just go slowly. Camp Eagle allows individual camping outside of their peak months (June and July) with a max stay of 6 nights. The sites are basic. They are simply a series of electrical boxes and water spigots next to the dirt park road. Spaces are not very level, but are spaced far apart with lots of trees around. Each site has a picnic table, water spigots (most of which leaked) and 30 amp breaker boxes. The bathrooms are primitive buildings with toilets and showers. The hot water was not working when we went, but we were told this was not usually the case. Although the campsite and bathroom facilities left something to be desired, the camp itself was beautiful. It is right on the Nueces River and swimming, fishing, canoeing, and kayaking are all available activities. They have a swimming pool and nice coffee house with TV. The "coffee house" part is usually not open unless there's a retreat going on, so off-season (i.e. - not part of a Christian retreat) campers shouldn't expect it to be available. They also have a great frisbee golf course available, basketball and beach volleyball courts. The grounds were kept well manicured and maintained with regular mowings. There is a very fun zipline available as well as rockclimbing, repelling, and a sherpa tour. All or these cost money, however. The prices were cheap...$10 per family for each activity. The staff is among the nicest and most accommodating we've encountered and were always excited to show us an activity or help us. Since Camp Eagle is in the boonies, the stars at night are breathtaking. If you don't mind somewhat meager bathroom and site facilities, and are looking for a fun camp to spend a weekend at and seclusion in nature, I highly recommend Camp Eagle. Going as a group with other families is even more fun. It's worth the drive and poor facilities.
Date of Stay: April, 2008
As with much of West Texas, this park has little shade. However, the sites are still nice. We stayed in the South Campground, and it is the more developed one of the two. We tried to find a site in the North Campground first, but none of them had fire rings (as far as we could see), only charcoal grills. We wanted to have a ground fire so we headed to the South Campground. There are only a few sites there that provide nice shade (to sit under, the camper is still in the sun). Sites 33, 37, 38, and 40 were the best mostly due to shade and seclusion. The lake is almost always low, which makes the boat ramps unusuable. However, there is good shore access for fishing. I suppose you could swim, but there really are no good swimming areas. The hiking trail is nice and a tad rugged. Horses frequent it. The cabins looked small and overpriced, but we didn't stay in them. I've seen nicer restrooms and showers, but they were generally clean and well maintained. There is a nice little gopher park where you can see a city of gophers running from hole to hole. The kids liked that. Overall this is a nice park, but apart from some hiking, there's not much to do.