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Lake Livingston Camping Video:
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If you’re on the hunt for lake homes for rent, look to Lake Livingston in Southeast Texas. Spanning 93,000 acres, Lake Livingston is one of the largest lakes in the state and branches into four counties: San Jacinto, Walker, Polk, and Trinity. From its unparalleled access to camping and boating accommodations to its pristine scenery, Lake Livingston invites all to revel in its bounties.
Lake Livingston boasts close to 450 miles of shoreline and 100 boat launch ramps, ensuring that a great day of fishing is always in the cards. The lake is especially recognized for its white bass fishing, as the fish are abundant and generous in size. Blue and channel catfish are also common catches throughout the year. Keep to the creeks north of Kickapoo if you’re fishing for largemouth bass, and be patient. Populations of largemouth bass and crappie are less plentiful.
Fishing isn’t the only reason to head to the water. Lake Livingston is 7 miles wide at certain points, making it a popular destination for sailing enthusiasts. Jet skis, motor boats, wake boards, and kayaks also dot the lake’s horizon; and while the lake is never crowded, you don’t need to look hard to find someone enjoying themselves with a splash or two. Take your personal watercraft of choice for a ride and stop by Pine Island for a picnic or impromptu treasure hunt.
Lake houses for rent have their pick of the more than 5,000 campsites within the vicinity, each of which offers accommodations for day activities. Similarly, Livingston State Park offers many recreation services. Rent one of the park’s trustworthy horses for a leisurely tromp through miles of wilderness terrain, or go the less leisurely route by kicking up some Texas dirt on a mountain bike. Several public golf courses, in addition to private courses, are also situated near Lake Livingston, so golf enthusiast have a variety of courses to choose from. If you’re interested in living on a Lake Livingston-area golf course, visit GolfHomes.com for property listings details.
Monarch butterflies, along with countless other migratory animals, make a point to visit Lake Livingston on their annual trip down to Mexico for the winter. Lake-view properties are always in touch with such seasonal changes and adventures taking place all around. But if you are interested in a change in scenery, migrate 70 miles to NASA’s Johnson’s Space Station, in Houston, or simply head to nearby Huntsville for a taste of Japan at Tokyo Sushi Bar. You don’t have to go far to find all you need at Lake Livingston.
A host of lakeside parks, Wolf Creek Park and Tigerville Park are owned by TRA; camps and marinas offer complete range of services for camping, boating, and fishing, including Lake Livingston State Park.
Are they permitted? Yes
Can you swim in the lake? Yes
Average water level variance? 1 ft.
Are they permitted? Yes, Trinity River Authority gives the permits
Are they permitted? Yes
Depth of Lake:
9 miles from Livingston on Hwy 190 and 30 miles form Huntsville
Huntsville 12 miles. Bush International (Houston) 60 miles.
Building restrictions and requirements:
Different subdivisions have different rules
Lake Livingston is a notable white bass fishery. White bass are plentiful and grow to large sizes. Also notable is the catfish fishery, dominated by blue catfish. Largemouth bass, striped bass, and crappie are less abundant but good catches are possible in areas of the reservoir where habitat is available.
Statewide regulations apply to all fishes with the exception of blue and channel catfish. For portions of the lake in Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity and Walker counties, the bag limit for blue and channel catfish is 50 per day.
Some native emergent vegetation can be found in the upper areas of the reservoir. Very little cover exists in the lower reservoir due to vertical bulkhead.
Tips & Tactics
White bass are most readily caught in early spring in the many creeks that feed into Lake Livingston. Striped bass can be caught around the 190 bridge area by trolling and vertical jigging spoons or live shad. Largemouth bass are most frequently caught in the bays and creeks from the Kickapoo/Penwaugh area northward. Spring and fall are the most successful seasons for largemouths. Channel and blue catfish can be caught most any time of year on a variety of organic and live baits over the main river channel and in off channel tributaries and creeks.
409-646-4519, PO Box 2410, Onalaska, TX
Nearby attractions include Martin Dies, Jr. State Park and Huntsville State Park; Trinity River Authority-operated Wolf Creek and Tigerville Parks; hundreds of privately-owned parks and marinas; Big Thicket National Preserve (Big Sandy Creek and Menard Creek) near Woodville, 30 miles away; Sam Houston National Forest near Coldspring, 30 miles away; the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation, where "Beyond the Sundown" outdoor drama shows during the summer months, and the Big Pow-Wow is held during the first weekend of June; and the Lake Livingston Dam with fishing right below the dam at Southland Park, a county park. The City of Livingston, 10 miles away, offers ball fields; a bowling alley; a 18-hole golf course; lighted tennis courts; city parks; a municipal airport; and Polk County Library and Museum. Astrodome, AstroWorld, NASA Spacecenter Houston, and many more attractions in Houston, 70 miles away, and two 18-hole golf courses within 30 minutes. Special annual events include the Annual Crappiethon (mid-February through mid-April); Easter Festival and Bazaar (Memorial Day weekend); the Texas Youth Rodeo "Texas' Largest" (first week in July); Pine Cone Festival (first full-weekend in October); and Christmas Candle Light Tour of Homes (first Saturday in December).
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