Camping at Big Creek Resort, Marina & Campground

Big Creek Resort, Marina & Campground, Lake Somerville

October 2-4, 2020 - 2 Nights
Type of Park: Private-owned
Site #81 - Back-In
Check In: 4p    Check Out: 3p
Cost per night $30

  • Water
  • 30 amp
  • Dump Station
  • Grill
  • Fire Ring
  • Picnic Table
  • Restrooms / Bath House

Pros:

  • Good area for group camping and corn hole
  • Close to the restrooms/shower
  • This park lets you bring golf carts and Mules (anything with a steering wheel, not handle bars)

Cons:

• No shade

Wildlife:

• Birds: Cormorants, Mud Hens, Eagle


Friday

I got the camper all hitched up and loaded up. It was nice to be able to have the AC going while I loaded. Big thanks to Robert for the plug-in at the house! It's about 20° cooler than the last time I camped. I had to air up tires in the camper and the truck before I left. Camping with friends. It's a CAMPound! We took a little ride on the Mule to go down to the store to go check in but we were too late and they had already closed. Menu included hamburgers for the night. It was cool enough so we had a fire in the Solo stove. There was a big huge moon that came up, but the camera just doesn't do it justice. It was a nice night but I retired a little early. 


Saturday

We had breakfast tacos, coffee and Mimosas in the morning. Note to self: Breaker trips if you run griddle and electric frying pan at the same time. My brother came out and brought the dogs and we walked around the loop that we were on and walked over to the other loop. ๐ŸŒฎ I seasoned all the taco meat and had everything ready for lunch when everybody got back from their doings. We took naps in the afternoon and then went riding around on the Mule. We had our bring your own steak night and another fire in the Solo stove.

Sunday

We did breakfast at my campsite. Breakfast tacos made from the leftover steak and potatoes plus added extras. M-M-M!

Took a ride on the Polaris. When we were going around the edge of the lake toward that little knoll, we got stuck all the way down to the frame and we had to call a friend to come get the other Mule and come get us out. We had beer and no specific timeline so we made it a fun time. 

Saw an Eagle!

It's always a sad time when it's time to pack everything up and go home. 



Camping at Big Creek

Big Creek Resort, Marina & Campground, Lake Somerville

North Shore, Park Road 4
979-596-1616

September 4-7, 2020 - Labor Day Weekend 
Type of Park: Private-owned
Site #99 - Back-In
Check In: 4p    Check Out: 3p
Cost per night $30

  • Water
  • 30 amp
  • Dump Station
  • Grill
  • Fire Ring
  • Picnic Table
  • Restrooms / Bath House

Pros:

  • Good area for group camping
  • Close to the restrooms/shower

Cons:

  • No shade


Camping with a group of friends

Friday, Sept 4

Started raining about the time I was ready to head out. Finally got to the site about 5:15 pm. Backed it in like a boss! I didn't even have to pull forward to straighten out. We went over to friends' camper near the store and had a fish fry. It was delicious! One of the girls brought out a couple pies and one of them was a wonderful blackberry pie. ๐Ÿ˜‹


Saturday, Sept 5

Some friends made breakfast and others made the cowboy coffee. We got in the boat about 11 am to head over to the Trump Boat Parade.  It was awesome! There were over 300 boats and it was a sight to see for sure. It took about an hour for us to make it from Overlook to Big Creek and that's as far as we went. We spent the rest of the afternoon in the water. We got a little rain shower, but then we were back out in it. Saturday night was BYOSteak night as usual. LOTS of steaks for that big group of us. Some folks joined us for the day only. That pit saw lots of beef that night!



Sunday, Sept 6

We did breakfast at my camper. It was a nice day and we were back down at the water again. Some of the adults got to lay on the floating mat for a change. Got a nice amount of sun. We had tacos for supper and that was easy and nice for a change. I rode on the Mule with some friends and we rode all around in the back trails. After the daytime folks left, we called it an early night. Too much sun!

Monday, Sept 7

Different group of friends made breakfast and then we started packing up. I hitched up about 11:30 and headed for the dump station. One camper was finishing up when I pulled up and then about 5 campers came in behind me. Good timing! Got home and unhooked. Unloaded a few things and went to take a decent shower. Big Creek is good for group camping and having all the Littles join us for a day in the lake. 






Camping at Birch Creek SP

Birch Creek Unit of Lake Somerville State Park & Trailway

North Shore
14222 Park Road 57, Somerville, TX 77879-9713
979-535-7763

August 14-16, 2020 - 2 Nights
Type of Park: State Park
Site # 23 Yaupon Loop - Back-In
Check In:  2p   Check Out: 12p
Cost per night: $20 + $4/per person/per day entrance fee 
Discounts:  State Parks Pass - no entrance fee (in same vehicle with pass-holder), 2nd night 1/2 off
  • Water
  • 30 amp
  • Dump Station
  • Fire Ring/Grill combo
  • Picnic Table
  • Restrooms / Bath House - short walk

Pros:

• Nice shade trees
• Good view of the lake
• Next to trail entrance
• One of my favorite sites here

Wildlife:

• Birds: Bobwhite Quail, Cardinals

Camping with my cousin

Friday

Left a little after 2 pm. It was HOT! Over 100°. Site 23 has a good view of the lake and it had a nice breeze. There's a big Post Oak tree that provides shade over the camper most of the day. The Lake Trail head was between my site and 24 where my cousin was. The site has a tree where one side of it has died out and there are LOTS of woodpecker holes in it. We made Fajitas for supper. It was HOT, but then again, it is August in Texas!

Saturday

I made pancakes and bacon for breakfast at my site. Topped it off with Mimosas. The Bobwhite Quail kept hanging around. We called him up very close. Poor thing, he's looking for his mate. One of the rangers said she's been missing for over a week. We sat and relaxed in the lake around noon and walked around the shoreline. Took a nap and then played Cornhole for a while. We had pork chops for supper and listened to music and danced around the table until 2:30 am. Ain't nothing better than the good old country that still has a fiddle and steel guitar. Did I mention it was Hot?!

Sunday

Loaded up and went home. It's still Hot!





Camping at Big Creek for 4th of July

Big Creek Marina & Campground, Lake Somerville

North Shore, Park Road 4
979-596-1616
July 2-5, 2021 - 3 Nights
Type of Park: Private-owned
Check In: 4p    Check Out: 3p

Site #97 - Back-In

  • $30 per night
  • Water
  • 20/30 amp
  • Grill
  • Picnic Table
  • Hook on pole for light, etc
  • Very close to restrooms/showers


๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Pros:

  • No trees to avoid
  • Good area for camping in groups
  • Good view of the Lake. Site is more parallel with the Lake instead of perpendicular like most of the other sites. Camper faces setting sun. 
  • Close to good swimming areas
  • Can bring golf carts, ATV's (machines with steering wheels, not handle bars)

๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿป Cons:

  • No shade

๐Ÿ“ Park Notes: 

  • Gates closed and locked from midnight to 6 am on weekends. Closed at 10 pm on week days. 
  • Dump Station - a little hard to get to for big rigs. Also hard to leave the park from there. You may have to go back into the park to turn around.
  • Park Store - getting up and running with a few necessities
  • Sites on this loop have crushed granite in the pad sites

Thursday

Didn't go this evening. Everyone else had to work and not planning to stay the night. Had to reserve 3 nights for Holiday weekend.

Friday


I got there earlier, but friends started showing up around 5:30 pm. We went for a ride on the boat across the lake. The setting sun looked cool on the lake. There were a couple Mockingbird nests in the BBQ pit at my site. It was way too hot in the there for the babies and eggs! We did Beef Fajitas for a late supper. It was a HOT day, but the AC seems to work well. Even turned it down to Low Cool. Used the propane for the first time to keep refrigerator going on the trip and to heat up the hot water heater. Worked well.

Saturday


One of the guys made breakfast for everyone. Cowboy coffee, bacon, eggs and potatoes. Spent most of the day in the lake - hanging out on the floating pad my friend bought and on the boat tubing with the smaller kids. We had at least 5 RV's plus day-visitors so we had quite a group. 

๐Ÿงจ The fireworks displays were excellent around the lake and the ones at Big Creek had the full moon behind the display. Big Creek, Welch Park and other areas on the Washington County side. We drove the Mule over and watched 3 main areas from around the marina side. Every time we thought it was a finale, they went off again a few minutes later. 

Happy Independence Day America!

Hot dogs and hamburgers for supper. 


Sunday

One of the ladies made breakfast - breakfast tacos. We had cowboy coffee again. It was a lazy morning and then we started putting away stuff in the camper around lunch time. Loaded up and hit the dump station. 








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