Lake Livingston is a man-made reservoir located in the East Texas Piney Woods built, owned and operated by the Trinity River Authority of Texas and under contract with the City of Houston for water-supply purposes. The lake is the second-largest lake located wholly within the state of Texas.
A wide range of public and commercial recreation facilities including full service marinas, camping and motel accommodations are located along the more than 450 miles of shoreline extending into San Jacinto, Polk, Walker, and Trinity Counties.
Lake Livingston State Park
Visitors at Lake Livingston State Park can swim, fish, boat, hike, bird, camp, picnic, mountain bike, and study nature. There are activities for the whole family!
Lake Livingston State Park wraps around the lake’s southeastern shore. The park is a favorite place for campers to access the lake for boating and fishing, but you can take a refreshing dip in the park’s swimming pool. The L-shaped pool has a shallow area topping out at 3 feet that is divided from the rest of the pool by a lane line. A deep end with diving board lets you make a big splash. Lifeguards watch over the pool, which is surrounded by shaded circular tables for relaxing out of the water as well as grassy lawns where you can spread your beach blanket in the sun.
The park offers many camping options, from tent sites with water nearby up to RV campsites with full hookups. You can also rent one of 10 screened shelters, some of which are ADA accessible. Or book one of the park’s group facilities for your next reunion. There’s even a park store where you can shop for souvenirs, drinks, snacks, ice, camping and fishing supplies, and much more.
Lake Livingston is one of the largest lakes in the state and is noted for its white bass population. In addition to white bass, visitors might catch catfish, crappie, other bass species or that kid favorite – perch. The park has three boat ramps, two fish cleaning stations, a fishing pier and bank fishing.
The park can provide loaner rods, reels and tackle boxes as part of the Tackle Loaner Program which you can find more details after checking in with the park store. And, remember, you do not need a fishing license to fish from shore in a state park. Check at park headquarters for more information.
Swimming safety is always a primary consideration anywhere on Lake Livingston. Make sure you review the park swimming regulations before jumping in to cool off! And, best to not swim alone! Also, note that Lake Livingston is home to more than a few wild alligators. So, keep a sharp eye out when approaching all Lake Livingston waterways and creeks.
Rent a canoe or kayak from Lake Livingston State Park and paddle out to Pine Island to take a swim and relax on a large sandy beach on the western end of the island. There are more narrow beaches around the island below the tree-lined cliffs, but the sand cliffs sometimes crumble away at random, causing trees to plummet to the beach below. A few alligators live at the island but usually stay far from areas occupied by people, and the island beaches teem with a party atmosphere on summer weekends.
The Lake Livingston State Park offers a variety of free ranger programs. Visitors can learn new skills when you kayak or fish with a ranger; take a discovery, photo or night hike; try geocaching; learn about nature; or attend a make-and-take craft workshop. Check with the park for scheduling and events.
Another Lake Livingston camping option is Wolf Creek Park. The camp lies along Lake Livingston’s southwestern shore, where you can swim in the lake during the day and stay the night in the park’s campground. The swimming area lies just off the park’s picnic area, convenient to restrooms and a playground. A grass lawn flanks the sandy beach. When you’re not enjoying the water, you can play a round of miniature golf at the park’s own course. The park has just over 100 campsites, with electric and water at all sites and sewer hookups at about half.
On the lake’s east shore, Tigerville Park nestles among the tall pines, with a swimming area, picnic area, restrooms and fishing pier.
Relax in Privacy
Find your own bliss at one of the lake’s private vacation rentals, cabins or campgrounds. Look for private lakefront rentals in the communities of Point Blank, Blanchard, Livingston and Coldspring. Northshore Resort has a swimming pool, splash park and private beach as well as cabins and RV sites with full hookups. A camping alternative to the Lake Livingston State Park is the The Lake Livingston/Onalaska KOA’s site. The sand beach at the KOA slopes gradually into the water, making it an ideal swimming area for small children. The campground also has a pool, hot tub and sites for both tents and RVs.