Camping on Easter Weekend

Big Creek Resort, Marina & Campground, Lake Somerville

North Shore, Park Road 4
April 1-4, 2021 - 3 Nights
Type of Park: Private-owned
Check In: 4p    Check Out: 3p

Site #79 - Back-In

$35 per night ($105 total)
  • Water
  • 20/30/50 amp
  • Picnic Table with concrete pad
  • Grass site. No rock or concrete base
๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Pros:
  • No trees to avoid
  • On the end of the line so no one is on the "front" side of the camper
  • Good area for camping in groups
  • Close to good swimming areas and store
  • Close to boat ramp
๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿป Cons:
  • Split-level site - table is down a slight hill from parking area. 
  • No shade
  • Across from the cabins on stilts, lake view is a little blocked
  • Cabins are being refurbished and the equipment and materials are stacked near the site (and some construction noise)
  • No grill or fire ring at this site
๐Ÿ“ Park Notes: 
  • Gates closed and locked from midnight to 6 am on weekends. Closed at 10 pm on week days.
  • Can bring golf carts, ATV's (machines with steering wheels, not handle bars) 
  • 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 
  • Cabins are under re-construction
  • There is a Places Munzee here
๐Ÿฆ Wildlife:
  • Birds: Cormorants (Water Turkeys), barn swallows, scissor-tail

๐Ÿš˜ 43.8 miles (not including the trips to home and church)  9.5 mph average


Matilda Mae and I got to the site around 6:30 pm. Site is hard to figure out because the table is down a little hill from the pad and power pedestal. Site has all 3 power sources - 20/30/50 amp. It had cobwebs and such and looks like it hadn't been used in a while. There's supposed to be a little loop here, but you can't see it anymore so it seems there LOTS of space between the site and the main road. 

Other highlights:

  • Fixed up some Easter Eggs for my camping buddies - with things like zip ties, AA batteries, tiny super glue, hose washers, fuses, mini alcohol bottles...
  • Nice sunset and the wind had died down quite a bit, but still a little cool
  • ๐Ÿ”ฅ Sat by the Solo stove for a little while
  • The camper walls are thin so I can hear everything the neighbors say (a little muffled). They were still going pretty strong past 11 pm. 
  • Low 40's overnight


  • ☕ Got up and made my coffee (in the camper because it was way too windy to do it outside). Making a small amount in my percolator pot doesn't work. Ended up using the drip coffee maker. 
  • ๐ŸŒฏ I had listed a Get Together on RVillage, but I was way late in posting it and it and the weather was pitiful, so no one else came. I made breakfast tacos and coffee for a couple of my friends. The wind came up again and we ended up having to take everything inside.
  • Except for the wind, it's a beautiful sunny day. 
  • ๐ŸŒฎ Made tacos for lunch
  • ๐ŸŸ We had a fish fry for supper and it was SO good! 
  • My bestie gave me a Brumate "koozie". The rainbow titanium one I have been wanting! It definitely worked well all weekend. 
  • ๐Ÿ”ฅ It was cold and windy and we sat around the solo stove again.


  • Saturday was overcast and windy again. 
  • JJ&D did breakfast and they made biscuits and sausage gravy. ๐Ÿ˜‹ 
  • Family came out
  • ๐Ÿ” Hamburgers for lunch. I brought over my canopy and we anchored it down. It definitely helped keep the rain off. It's a good thing JJ brought his Weber grill! 
  • After we ate, the rain stopped and the sun came out for a while. 
  • The guys sat around telling stories (and the tales keep getting taller) and everyone seemed to be really enjoying themselves. 
  • ๐Ÿ”ฅ We huddled around the Solo stove most of the time and there was crazy teenagers in nothing but swim trunks out in the water swimming and riding around on jet skis! 
  • ๐Ÿฅฉ I love BYOSteak night! 
  • ๐ŸŽˆ Friend's surprise 50th birthday party at Bottlenecks. We left my truck inside the gate so I could activate the Exit gate on our return so my friends could come through.


  • The wind had laid down finally and it was just a little overcast. I actually got to put the awning out. 
  • ๐Ÿฐ I took the Easter Eggs to my friends' sites. 
  • ๐ŸŒฏ I made breakfast tacos
  • ⛪ Went to Easter service
  • After service, I came back to the park to have leftover steak and rice for lunch
  • ๐Ÿงณ Packed up Matilda Mae and headed for the dump station. A man from Bryan let my go ahead of him because he said he was going to be a while. 
  • Got home and unloaded a few things. Then we sat around playing cornhole and my brother brought out his drone. My son came out a little later and we all celebrated his birthday. ๐Ÿฅณ
Despite the wind and rain, it was a nice weekend.