Lake Charles, Louisiana

Sam Houston Jones State Park

Lake Charles, Louisiana



Lake Charles, Louisiana
Phone: (337) 855-2665

Sites: 93
Recent Rate: $28 5/2015

Latitude: 30.3000006885593
Longitude: -93.2560300827026

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • ATT, Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT,Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • yes-river Waterfront Waterfront yes-river
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

66 Reviews

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Nizzy

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Memorial day weekend 2015 visiting friends in Lake Charles so we stayed here for the weekend. Reservations through Reserve America were easy when we arrived check in was easy. Camp ground another story, signage in park is poorly marked and in need of upgrades. Other campers chose to ignore the single one way sign and the obvious fact that trailers can only back in ONE WAY, this was on going the entire 3 days as no one would keep it a one way road. I had to wait for a guy pulling a pop up trailer to back in the wrong way before I could make the loop back around as there was NO possible way to back into my site. I was luck while not listed as a pull through I was able to drive through the grass and pull through. The roads in camping loop 1 are VERY narrow and poorly maintained. The gravel parking area might have been gravel once it is now more grass/weeds/dirt. The threaded connection for both the sewer connections on the site were both broken so the hose just sat there. Breaker on the pedestal tripped 4 times while we were there only running the AC. Rented another site for our friends as a walk up while we were there, we had our card on it and were waiting for another camper that had parked on it to move. Finally asked them to move turns out it was rented to them as well! No refund given even though they booked it twice. As a work around park ranger allowed them to put their tent on our site.

Bath hose - WOW a poorly maintained portable building. There is an adjacent slab that looks like it was once the bath house that was demolished.

WiFi did work and was great for checking email that was about it. Had a full Verizon 4G signal so opted to use my hot spot to stream a movie.

Trash cans none in site, camp host picked up trash Saturday and Sunday. Otherwise you have to take trash to dumpster at boat ramp or camp ground 2. The park itself is very nice just the physical camping areas need upgrades. We camped at Sam Houston Jones State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Bill from Texas

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

If you are traveling through this area and need a night of rest or a few days this is a great park. You should not have a problem getting a spot during week days but better get a reservation for a weekend. This comment does not take in consideration when kids are out of school. The park is a beautiful scenic spot with moss covered oaks, pine and cypress trees. The spot we got was a pull through and it was asphalt and pretty level. There is all sorts of wild creatures so beware. There are swampy area. Nice playgrounds for the kids and the bath houses look adequate but we did not use them. We would definitely stay here again. We stayed here in a travel trailer. We camped at Sam Houston Jones State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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mac2school

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice campground in the woods with great swampy trees and a lagoon and trails. Spots are not level, in dirt, and very tricky to get into. NOT for big rigs.

Bring bug spray.

Full hook ups area is best for bigger rigs. We camped at Sam Houston Jones State Park in a Motorhome.

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User294

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $22.00
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We stayed 3 nights. The campground is somewhat rundown. The roads in the campground are in need of repair and they are poorly marked. The sites are very close together but fairly level. There did not appear to be a host on site. The bath house was reasonably clean and well-stocked. The showers are the pushbutton type, but the water cuts off immediately when you release the button. There is only one hook to hang your shower bag, clothes & towel. On the plus side, the campground does have free laundry, walking trails and interesting sounds at night from the adjacent swamp. The town of Moss Bluff is less than a mile away and has places to eat and buy groceries. We camped at Sam Houston Jones State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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John & Carol Dunn

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Restroom/showers could be a lot cleaner. Be prepared for a navy shower--water kicks off quick, starts out cold then gets too hot. The laundry is absolutely free, Wi-Fi works very good. Atmosphere is to die for. Unfortunately people leave trash behind. The first thing my wife did was pickup trash. Overall we enjoyed our week and would come back. We camped at Sam Houston Jones State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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abqnm

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: February, 2014 - $22.00
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Was awkward to get trailer in the space. The post markers at adjacent sites added to difficulty. After getting in, had to re-locate as electric post was to far removed from the pad. Just had a bit of a run down feel to it. But free Wi-Fi worked OK and the laundry room washers and dryers are free to use which is a nice bonus. Restrooms were iffy. We camped at Sam Houston Jones State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Euri

Review Count: 41
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: February, 2014 - $18.00
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Awesome state park. Small sites but were perfect for us in VW. Loved the trails. Internet was lightning fast as long as you are near the bathrooms, which we were. Free laundry...thanks LA!! Now, the down side was the condition of the bathrooms...pretty bad, use able but bad. We did speak to a park employee and he admitted that the girl who was responsible for them was lazy. She would sign off the cleaning sheet days ahead of time. Apparently the supervisor knows this but states that she is better nothing. Still I would return as park itself is really nice...just bring your flip flops into the shower!! We camped at Sam Houston Jones State Park in a Motorhome.

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lpoebowen

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $18.00
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I gave this park a 9 because we stayed in the off season which made it not too squished and because some of the sites had the hookups are way too far back to reach your rig. A lot of spots are very close, however, at least they are staggered which helps a little. Other than those two things we loved this state park. The laundry room was spotless and completely free. Good trails for some walking, quite a few deer roaming around not afraid of people, quiet park, locked/coded gate at night, and park rangers driving through regularly. We camped at Sam Houston Jones State Park in a Motorhome.

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don h

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

Great value, $18.00 for water & electric, free WiFi (slow) and free washer/dryers (cold water wash only). Really good hiking and biking trails, Frisbee golf, plus nice playground areas for kids. Washrooms were OK but showers could have been a lot cleaner. WiFi was very slow but worked well enough for email. Some sites are very small so go and look at available sites before paying. Overall very good value. We camped at Sam Houston Jones State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Monaire Corporati

Review Count: 23
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: December, 2013 - $18.00
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Wonderfully quiet campground. The restrooms are very clean and plenty of hot water. The 10 second timer on the shower water is annoying and means a one handed shower while the other hand is planted on the airswitch to keep the water coming. Sites are close together but doable and the hookup connections are situated far away on many of the sites. Good to have a few hiking trails close by. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Sam Houston Jones State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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SSLuckyUs

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2013 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Check-in was a cluster. The office staff were not familiar with the sites and we're not sure what would accommodate our 39 ft. Motorhome. As a result, they suggested we drive around the park, select a site and return to register. They had no concept how inconvenient this would be. Fortunately for us, there was a couple in the office checking in that was more familiar with the park and they suggested a site that worked great. Our experience was further enhanced when they invited us to sit by their fire that evening! The sites are a bit funky with narrow concrete pads and trees. The electrical and water connections were odd and approximately 40 ft. behind the site. There was a lovely hike along the river - it was about 3 miles RT. We saw lots of bicyclists, but we didn't ride. The community dump site was adequate. There was an alarming lack of garbage cans. I only saw one dumpster that was poorly maintained and no other auxiliary cans. I used the restroom to wash my hands after picking up trash on the trail. It was clean and adequate. Overall, this was a good experience and given the area, probably the best option. Bring your mosquito repellant! They are vicious in the evening. We camped at Sam Houston Jones State Park in a Motorhome.

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R&S

Review Count: 113
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

The nightly rate reflects a new walk-up service charge (but if you use the internet, you also pay the service charge). The campground is next to a swamp with an alligator warning, so beware if you have pets or small children. The restrooms are badly in need of an update. You must hold the water lever in to keep water flowing in the shower. Site hook-ups were good. We would return. We camped at Sam Houston Jones State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Chbronson

Review Count: 48
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $24.00
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The state park itself is very nice with a couple of trails which are suitable for hiking as well as biking. However, the camping sites are not very well laid out, too close together and little privacy. Try to stay away from site number CI001 as far as possible because this is where the below mentioned noisy pump is located. Very family friendly park, and the kids I've seen seemed to have enjoyed their stay very much. We camped at Sam Houston Jones State Park in a Truck Camper.

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DD Rolling Ranch

Review Count: 110
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 26

Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $20.00
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Sites were far enough apart to put slides and awnings out and staggered enough so you don't feel like the next camper is inside yours. Wi-Fi seems to be somewhat restricted by LA State Parks so streaming websites are not allowed. We camped at Sam Houston Jones State Park in a Motorhome.

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snabo

Review Count: 13
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: November, 2012 - $20.00
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Even for a quick overnight, we found their site was poor. It was not level, offered no privacy and was next to a "portable" that served as the washroom/shower. The path to the washroom was muddy so it's not surprising that the it was difficult to keep the washroom floor clean. Part of the park has better sites (our friends stayed there) but it's not the best campground experience for sure despite a lovely scenic forest setting nearby. We camped at Sam Houston Jones State Park in a Motorhome.

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