Camping Review: Double Lake Recreation Area

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The number of Texans who like to go camping has literally exploded since our family started camping six years ago. Back then, we could easily get a reservation to most places with just two or three weeks notice. Not any more. Often, when we were able to book a camping space on short notice we found out why when we got there, if you know what I mean. So, when we discovered a gem of a park last year, one that’s not crowded and easy to reserve, I was tempted to keep it to myself. But then again, if someone told me about a great place to camp that’s beautiful, uncrowded, is kid friendly, has plenty of fun stuff to do, and is easy to reserve, I’d be grateful. So with that in mind, let me tell you about Double Lake Recreation Area.

Double Lake Recreation Area is located on FM 2025 within the Sam Houston National Forest, just one mile South of Coldspring and five miles south of Lake Livingston. I think it’s proximity to the much bigger Lake Livingston is part of why it hasn’t been discovered by the masses, but I’m afraid that won’t last long. Another reason might be the fact that it is not a state park, but rather a federally administered recreation facility.

The Appeal of Double Lake

Since our first visit to Double Lake, we have returned four more times all within the past year. Here is a list of reasons why we keep coming back:

  • Beauty– Why do most of us camp? It’s so we can get out into nature and experience the beauty of Gods creation. Double Lake is absolutely beautiful. The lake itself is completely surrounded by trees and is always placid.
  • It’s small– There are less than 100 camping spots in three separate areas. It never seems crowded, loud or busy, which makes for a more relaxing experience.
  • Kid Friendly – The majority of campers come with children. The hosts are very kid friendly as well.
  • Easy to Book – Unlike many state parks and camp grounds, you can usually get a camping spot 3 or 4 weeks in advance. I’m positive that this won’t last much longer, because word is getting out.
  • Tons of Family and Kid Friendly Activities– see the list further down.

Facilities

The roads are paved and in good condition and are safe for the kids to ride bikes on. Bathrooms are clean, but could use some updating in the near future. They are definitely not a point of concern. There is no store on the premises, but Coldspring is literally one mile away. All in all, it’s not luxurious, but everything you need is available nearby.

You can get sites that have pretty much everything you are used to finding at a good Texas state park. Depending on which section you are in (and what type of camping you prefer, ie, camp, glamp or tent) each site comes with the following.

  • Asphalt pad and or cleared tent pad
  • Water (all), electricity (some) and sewer (some)
  • Fire pit with grate
  • Picnic table
  • Boy Scouts and other large groups frequently use Double Lake. There is a lodge available for use as well.

Activities

There is plenty to do at Double Lake Recreation Area. Here is a list of activities we have taken part in or witnessed:

  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Volleyball and other ball activities
  • Bike Riding
  • Picnic Areas

For more information about the park, including location, click on the Double Lake Recreation Area website.

Each camping space comes with a fire ring (Fire Shaman not included).
There are plenty of opportunities for your kids to explore and learn about the local flora and fauna.
There is a hiking trail that circles the lake. The scenery on this hike is beautiful. Expect your kids to try a few slightly risky things.
The swimming area is clean and there are cool currents that must come from underwater springs in the lake.
Moss growing on one of the trailer pads.
Winters in South Texas are so mild that you can camp year round. Double Lake is beautiful no matter when you visit.
There are several fishing piers situated around the lake.

Family Favorite

If you live in the Houston area, Double Lake Recreation area is close enough for a quick weekend get away. It’s less than an hour and a half from most of the city. If you are looking for a quiet weekend get away, that’s kid friendly and you don’t have to enter a lottery or book six months ahead, you absolutely should visit Double Lake Recreation Area. You just might bump into my family!

Brian Wood

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