Camping at Big Creek

Big Creek Marina & Campground, Lake Somerville

North Shore, Park Road 4

March 5-7, 2021 - 2 Nights
Type of Park: Private-owned
Check In: 4p    Check Out: 3p

Site #99 - Back-In

$30 per night
  • Water
  • 20/30 amp
  • Grill - good shape
  • Fire Ring With flip top grate. Not all sites have them. 
  • Picnic Table
  • Hook on pole for light, etc
  • Very close to restrooms/showers
  • Large site. Plenty of room for multiple slides.

👍🏻 Pros:

  • No trees to avoid
  • Good area for camping in groups
  • Good view of the Lake. Site is almost 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)

👎🏻 Cons:

  • No shade or wind break

📝 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 - has fishing bait and supplies, too 
  • Sites on this loop have crushed granite in the pad sites
  • The pavilion is available to rent for up to 60 guests
  • There is a Places Munzee here

🐦 Wildlife:

  • Birds: LOTS of Robins, Kestrel, Cormorants, Mud Hens, Pelicans, Osprey, Sandhill Cranes (flying over)
  • Deer
  • Squirrels
  • Coyotes
  • Frogs


Filled both tanks with propane since they were mostly depleted from the big freeze. Mama followed me out and decided to stay the night. It was her first overnight trip with me in the camper. Drove around the park and took her to the store. Only a handful of campers out here today so the campground was very quiet. The lake is a little low right now. Very windy tonight! It was rocking the camper. The TV is working well with the Chromecast and Discovery+ with the MiFi. We turned in early. It got COLD during the night, so I got up and turned the heater on. It helped. Thank goodness for the propane!


Got up in the morning and it was still pretty windy. Made the coffee on the stove instead of trying to build a fire. Brought out the griddle and made bacon and pancakes for breakfast. My brother came out and stayed for a while. Since it was so windy, it was a good day to fly the kite. They all left to do their own thing and I had most of the afternoon to myself. I made lunch with that lemon pepper chicken breast and a little bit of the herb and butter rice. I sat out front of the camper out of the wind and got a little sun. Actually got a lot of sun. My face is all red. The Snook girls basketball team was the semi finals for the state title and they lost by about six points. I watched it live on Facebook.  Made a quick run to Dollar General to pick up a couple of things and came back. I had bought some Eskimo pies at Dollar General and I gave one to Paula at the gate and she sure appreciated it. She's a great Park Host. 

Mama and Daddy decided to come back for steak night. We drove around the park first and saw a few deer and the Osprey. Finally the wind died down so we were able to make a fire in the fire ring. It was a real clear night and a lot of stars were out. It’s supposed to get into the low 40s tonight. After they left I sat by the fire for a while. The frogs were singing up a storm and then the coyotes joined in.


I got up fairly early and made a small campfire and put the coffee on. There's a few more boats out this morning. Very little wind so it's perfect conditions for fishing, fires and whatnot. Low 40s and the sun is shining and the birds are singing. Made my coffee, bacon, scrambled eggs and toast on the fire. It was a good breakfast and a very relaxing morning. Why does it always taste so much better when made over a fire? Perfect time to have "church" with the Good Lord. Went to my brother's house nearby for a little while and got some plants from him. Went back to the campsite and started consolidating things. Had to wait in line behind someone at the dump station who was just getting started, but we had a nice conversation while I waited. She was from Illinois. 

It was a nice weekend. It would have been better without all the wind, but it is what it is.