Lake Livingston State Park
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Introduction

Located about 70 miles north of Houston in the Piney Woods region of Texas, Lake Livingston State Park offers a lakeside oasis that feels worlds away from the urban hustle and bustle. Sitting on beautiful Lake Livingston—one of the largest lakes in Texas—this East Texas state park allows visitors to enjoy fishing, swimming, boating, hiking, birding and more, making it the perfect lakeside retreat for your next RV adventure.

Lake Livingston State Park makes it easy for visitors to fish, swim, and boat on its central feature, Lake Livingston: the park offers a fishing pier, three boat ramps, and rentals of canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, and cane fishing poles. Those looking for adventure on land can hike or mountain bike the park’s several miles of quiet trails, through tall loblolly pines and hardwoods. Throughout the park, visitors can look out for the diverse plants and animals who call this park home, including redbud flowers, bald eagles, downy woodpeckers, armadillos, and even alligators. These abundant natural resources in the Lake Livingston area have been attracting humans for thousands of years, with signs of the first humans here dating back 12,000 years.

Lake Livingston State Park has no shortage of RV sites to make your overnight stay an enjoyable one: the park boasts five campgrounds with 147 total RV sites, about half of which feature full hookups. The park is open year-round, with mild temperatures averaging 51 degrees in the winter and 81 degrees in the summer. Highs in the summer can reach 100 degrees, but the summer heat only makes Lake Livingston that much more refreshing.

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Transportation in Lake Livingston State Park

Driving

Sitting just a few minutes south of the town of Livingston off of US Highway 59 and a little over an hour north of Houston, Lake Livingston State Park can be easily accessed in an RV. The park has paved roads that are easy to navigate in your rig, so getting to the park and to your campsite should be fairly painless.

For small needs, visitors can stop by the park store, which offers souvenirs, drinks, snacks, ice, and camping and fishing supplies. For more extensive food and supply needs, visitors can check out the restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations, and shops located just a few miles away in the town of Livingston.

Parking

Parking within the park is similarly simple, with parking available at each campsite and in designated areas throughout the park, including near the boat ramp by the Piney Shores loop, near the recreation hall and playground, and in multiple spots near Briar Loop. Many of the campsites are back-in, so just be prepared for that when you arrive.

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Campgrounds and parking in Lake Livingston State Park

Campsites in Lake Livingston State Park

Reservations camping

Lake Livingston / Onalaska KOA

On the beautiful shores of Lake Livingston, about an hour away from Houston, you can find the tranquil Lake Livingston/Onalaska KOA. With a relaxing atmosphere perfect for enjoying a vacation getaway, Lake Livingston/Onalaska KOA provides easy access to the gorgeous natural areas that surround the lakefront and the Piney Woods region of Texas. Lake Livingston/Onalaska KOA provides plenty of amenities, including a private beach, a marina, lakefront campsites, cable TV, fishing, a swimming pool and hot tub, and a clubhouse with a full kitchen. Large pull-through sites can accommodate big-rigs up to 100 feet.

Red Oak Loop Campsites

The Red Oak loop offers 12 full hookup sites that can be specifically reserved. These 12 sites feature water hookups, sewer hookups, and 50 amp hookups, as well as a lantern post, fire ring with grill, and nearby restrooms with showers. These 12 sites—numbered sites 38-49—are located in between the Piney Shores campground and the Yaupon Loop. Those wanting to stretch their legs can hop on the nearby Trinity Trace Trail, which takes hikers through the forest and offers excellent wildlife viewing. As with the Piney Shores sites, these sites also offer very easy access to one of the park’s boat ramps and a fish cleaning station.

Piney Shores Loop Campsites

The Piney Shores loop offers arguably the best RV sites in the park: these 22 sites have full hookups and offer a stunning view of Lake Livingston. In addition to their premium location, these sites also feature a picnic table, lantern post, and fire ring with a grill. These sites—which are numbered sites 50-71—offer water hookups, sewer hookups, and 20, 30, and 50 amp hookups, as well as restrooms with showers nearby. For those hoping to stretch their legs while staying here, these sites offer easy access to Trinity Trace Trail, a two-mile trail that connects all the campsites and offers some of the park’s best wildlife viewing. Best of all, these sites are also just steps away from one of the park’s boat ramps and a fish cleaning station. You can make reservations for specific sites in this loop, so make sure to reserve in advance if you want your pick of one of these premium sites.

First-come first-served

Hercules Club Campsites

The park offers 26 sites with water and electricity on the southern end of the park in the Hercules Club Loop, with sites 72-97. These sites have water and electric hookups and offer quick access to restrooms with showers nearby, as well as a dump station just up the road from the loop entrance. This loop also offers easy access to the lake and to the Trinity Trace Trail. These Hercules Club Loop campsites cannot be specifically reserved and are instead assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Pin Oak Campsites

Lake Livingston State Park has more RV sites available in the Pin Oak Loop, which offers seven full hookup sites and 43 water and electricity sites on the northern end of the park. The full hookup sites in the Pin Oak Loop each have a picnic table, lantern post, fire ring with grill, water hookup, sewer hookup, 50 amp hookup, and have restrooms with showers nearby. The water and electric sites offer easy access to a dump station located at the entrance of the loop, and all sites offer easy access to Trinity Trace Trail. These Pin Oak Loop campsites cannot be specifically reserved and are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Yaupon Loop Campsites

The Yaupon Loop, close to the Red Oak loop along the park road, offers 37 full hookup sites, sites 1-37. These sites offer easy access to restrooms with showers, and each site has a picnic table, lantern post, and fire ring with grill. You'll also find hookups for sewer, water, and 50 amp electric. This loop also offers easy access to Trinity Trace Trail, so visitors wanting a quick hike can hop on this nearby trail and enjoy a two-mile hike. Unlike the sites in Red Oak and Piney Shores, these sites cannot be specifically reserved and are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Seasonal activities in Lake Livingston State Park

In-Season

Swimming

One of the best ways to escape the Texas summer heat is to cool off in the chief feature of Lake Livingston State Park: the 83,000 surface-acre Lake Livingston. The lake is an impoundment of the Trinity River and is one of the largest reservoirs in the state, providing water for the city of Houston and other East Texas cities. With acres of refreshing water to play in and explore, Lake Livingston is a swimmer’s dream.

Fishing

Anglers will have more than enough fishing opportunities to keep them busy during their visit to Lake Livingston State Park. The park offers three boat ramps, two fish cleaning stations, a fishing pier, and bank fishing, and even loans out cane fishing poles. Lake Livingston is best-known for its white bass population, but anglers can also try their luck at catching catfish, crappie, bass, and perch. To top it all off, visitors don’t need a fishing license to fish from shore in a Texas state park, so even those without a license can enjoy fishing in the lake.

Boating

Lake Livingston State Park makes adventuring on the lake extremely accessible, offering rentals of canoes, single and double kayaks, and paddle boards, all from the park store. Whatever form of paddling your prefer, hop in your favorite boat and soak in the beauty of the Piney Woods region from the water—there is probably no better way to get a feel for what this park is all about. Those looking for even more of an adventure can paddle out to Pine Island, which sits about three miles away from the park’s shore.

Off-Season

Ranger Programs

Visitors looking to learn or experience something new during their visit should check out the park’s many free ranger programs, which offer unique opportunities for visitors throughout the year. Programs include kayaking or fishing with a ranger, taking a guided walk to learn about the park’s wildlife, learning about the moon and stars, or attending a craft workshop. The park offers these ranger programs year-round, so visitors interested in adding a unique experience to their visit should check the park’s event listings.

Hiking

For visitors itching to stretch their legs and explore the park on land, Lake Livingston State Park offers several miles of hiking trails, which allow visitors to see a different side of the park. Hikers of all abilities will be able to find a trail that suits their level: those looking for an easy stroll can hop on the very short half-mile Oak Flat Trail, which is one of the easiest hikes in the park, while those looking for a longer hike can try out the nearly two-mile Trinity Trace Trail, which offers some of the park’s best wildlife viewing.

Birding

Lake Livingston State Park is located along the Central North American Flyway and at the western edge of the Mississippi Flyway, which makes it a stellar bird watching location. The park’s diverse habitats allow it to host a unique combination of birds year-round, meaning you can expect to see interesting birds at the park no matter when you decide to visit. In the forest, you can look out for the downy woodpecker, tufted titmouse, and red-shouldered hawk. Closer to the shoreline, you might find a black-crowned night heron, great egret, or double-crested cormorant.

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