Tatum, Texas

Martin Creek Lake State Park

Tatum, Texas



Tatum, Texas
Phone: (903) 836-4336

Sites: 83
Recent Rate: $17 5/2015

Latitude: 32.27777
Longitude: -94.57323

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • 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 no
  • $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 yes
  • 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 no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $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 no
  • yes-lake Waterfront Waterfront yes-lake
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals yes
  • 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 no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre yes
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

12 Reviews

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Sara C.

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed for a week at lakefront site #52 for $17/night. Non-lakefront is $13. Expect an additional daily entrance fee *per person,* but since we expect to stay at TX state parks for at least 3 weeks, buying the annual pass for $70 will pay itself off. The sites are pretty well spaced apart, some are quite private, but many of them are sloped and too short. The park requires you to park your vehicle on the pavement so we had to park ours sideways while we were unhooked from our 30' 5th wheel. Each site comes with a fire pit, picnic table, hanging hooks, tent pad, and sometimes a cover for the table (ours came with one). No sewer at any of the sites. There is only one bath house for each of the camping loops, and extremely outdated, one of the worst I've come across in my 7 months of full-time RVing. My first shower only lasted 5 minutes because the hot water ran out. Now, I'm wishing I would have listened to the other reviewers and stayed in a regular site away from the lake due to the noise emitted by the coal trains and power plant. It seems to be the loudest at night, lasting just around midnight before it finally quiets down. You can sometimes feel the vibrations from the noise through the RV unit (lasts just a short while). Our Verizon MiFi got 2 bars of LTE, voice was consistent. Got 2 TV channels over the air: some station named COZI (played 60's-80's shows) and a Spanish one. I hate having to write such a poor review for a state park, but this one really does need some improvement to lengthen the parking pads, update the bath houses, and finish building covers for the other sites picnic tables. They can't do anything about the power plant, which sadly will keep us from ever returning on our way back through in the future. We camped at Martin Creek Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Tips for other Campers:

B&B Foods (across from Sonic) is the only grocery store in Tatum, as well as the dollar stores. They had all the bare essentials of any item you might need (in the yogurt section, they only had 2 kinds: Yoplait or Oikos Greek). Next best thing is driving 20 mins to Walmart in Henderson. If you enjoy geocaching, a new night cache was recently set up within the campground and was fun to find.

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DD Rolling Ranch

Review Count: 110
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 29

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

$17 per night was for a mostly level asphalt pad with 50-amp electric and water site in the Bee Tree campground. We do have the TX Parks Pass we purchased for $70 (it allows access to all 90 TX state parks)-otherwise it's $17 per night plus a $3 per person daily entry fee. Sites are generous dirt/sand/dead leaves areas with a picnic table and fire ring. The whole park is loaded with different types of tall trees and low vegetation. There were abundant types of birds flitting about. The night sky is very dark so the stars are brilliant. All the facilities were in good condition and the park staff was very friendly and helpful. There are miles of multi-use and hiking trails. We could hear the power plant and the trains but their noises were in the background. This campground is located about four miles from small town Tatum where there is a very nice grocery store and a couple of restaurants. The park does not have public Wi-Fi access. AT&T and Verizon service was full bars of 4G LTE. We received 15 over-the-air TV stations and many radio stations. We camped at Martin Creek Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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JustDon

Review Count: 21
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

Park is a good clean park, has a power plant that makes lots of noise during day, but at night quiets down due to less electric consumption I guess. Friendly staff, clean bathrooms! But the ants be ready for them, they think RV's are lunch boxes and they seemed to learn how to get into them, power cords, water hose and any thing touching your RV. We used WD40 on power cord and water hose wife though it would work and it did. Bring some good and a lot of ant spray. It's not fun if they get inside, I promise you, but if they don't great park; I'll go back. We camped at Martin Creek Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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michdoc

Review Count: 42
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $13.00
Overall Rating:      

I was a little disappointed in this park. We had a lake front site, and across the lake is a huge power plant that made a constant loud noise. Added to that were the trains delivering coal that were constantly blowing their whistles all times of the day and night. This would have been a more pleasant experience if we had camped in a site that was actually out of sight (and sound) of the lake. That said, the park was nice enough, clean, and the lady who checked us in couldn't have been more pleasant. We camped at Martin Creek Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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Nbert

Review Count: 21
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2010 - $13.00
Overall Rating:      

We enjoyed this campground very much for our weekend trip . There was plenty to do with the lake for fishing, boating and swimming, picnic areas and hiking. It was a good park for riding our bikes. As the previous reviewers mentioned, you can hear the plant and trains while in the park, but it was not bothersome at all. We enjoyed visiting Tyler and Henderson while we were in the area. The rangers at the park were very helpful and nice. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Martin Creek Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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woundtight

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2010 - $13.00
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The primitive sites are not drive-up. They require a hike over a bridge. Well patrolled, gates locked 10-8. Staff friendly, helpful. Good for an overnight, but would not want to spend any more time next to the power plant, with all it's bells, whistles, buzzers, and continuous drone. Visit the Harmony Hill cemetery while here, a beautiful place just up the hill. We camped at Martin Creek Lake State Park in a Tent.

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Buddy Ray

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $15.00
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We spent one night here on our way to Ft. Worth. It was a very well laid out campground with good level pads. The negative is a HUGE coal fired power plant across the lake that clunks and bangs all night. I think if you're into fishing and boating this would be worth a stop, but not much else to do here. We camped at Martin Creek Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Paul M. Kitchen

Review Count: 116
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: November, 2008 - $18.00
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This a nice enough State Park and well worth the $18 price for a lake front site. However, the power plant across the lake is very noisy and the pavement around the camp sites is coming apart. The site are eroding away and little to no work has been done to correct the problems. We camped at Martin Creek Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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AndrewPM

Review Count: 15
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2008 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Level sites. Was pretty sparsely occupied. Needs some upkeep but was good for just an overnight stay. Power plant and trains are always in the background, but not too bad. Overall its not too bad. We camped at Martin Creek Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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cottonwood

Review Count: 102
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: February, 2008 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Very solid state park. No sewer or it would rank higher. Big power plant and trains in the background but not much of a bother. Very scenic. We barely made it in our 39 foot motorhome. Limited 50 amp service. I would stay here again. We camped at Martin Creek Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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Deede

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2006 - $12.00
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This is a well maintained park and if the lake ever rises it will be pretty again. The fishing is okay, but I wouldn't eat the fish due to selenium found in fish. This is just me, and I know plenty of people that eat the fish from Martin Creek. This park is close to where I live so we do not go here very often. The trees need trimming so that they do not scrape the top of our Fifth Wheel. If you like the woods, you will like Martin Creek. We camped at Martin Creek Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Motorhome Madness

Review Count: 7264
States Visited: 55
Helpful Reviews: 50

Overall Rating:      

This is a power plant lake in East Texas, the heated water is great for all-season fishing. However, the 24 hr lights and sound from the plant made tent camping rather uncomfortable, particularly on sites near the lake. The dense forest may provide some protection from the racket on the more inland sites. The insects were bad even in early May. Very friendly staff, clean restrooms and showers. We camped at Martin Creek Lake State Park in a Tent.

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