Camping on Father's Day Weekend

Big Creek Resort, Marina & Campground, Lake Somerville

This park is one of the closest ones to home and I find myself out here quite often. It mostly has water and electric sites (and some primitive camping). There are a handful of full hookup sites. The lake was up a few feet on this trip - so watch for displaced wildlife, especially the slithery kind. This 80s-90s loop was quieter than the marina side. They were packed! It was nice being able to work remotely out here on a weekday (brought my own wifi hotspot).


North Shore, Park Road 4
979-596-1616

Type of Park: Private-owned
Check In: 4p    Check Out: 3p

June 17-20, 2021 - 3 Nights

Site #99 - Back-In

💲30 per night ($90 total)
  • Water
  • 20/30 amp
  • Grill
  • Picnic Table
  • Hook on pole for light, etc
  • Very close to restrooms/showers

👍🏻 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

👎🏻 Cons:

  • No shade
  • Fire ring was missing
  • Watch for the old tree stump near the site pad. I usually put the leveling blocks on it for a visual reminder not to step on it.

📝 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 
  • Sites on this loop have crushed granite in the pad sites
  • Cabins and lower levels of stairs have been repaired
  • There is a Places Munzee here

🦌 Wildlife:

  • Birds: Mockingbirds, Kite, Killdeer, Great Egret, Redwing Blackbirds, Mallards
  • Deer
  • Frogs (including a bullfrog)
  • 🐍 Snakes - non-poisonous, but be aware of their presence
🚘 20.5 miles round trip - 10.2 mph
 

Thursday


Got to the park a little after 6:30 and got set up pretty quick. Backed her like a boss! #LocationUpdated Went down to the store to check in and drove around a little bit. The Lake is up a few feet from normal. A couple of sites on the next loop are under water. Saw a deer on the way back to the campsite. Some of the tables have been removed and they're all stacked up by the restrooms near the front. Maybe they're going to be replacing some of them. Sat outside enjoying the night until the mosquitoes ran me in. There are only two other RVs on this loop tonight. It's very peaceful and quiet. I love it!



There's a Killdeer that has made her nest just outside of the site pad. Be careful where you walk/drive right now. I hope they make it so she can hatch them out. 

Friday

Woke up early about 6:00 a.m.  Yes, I know I'm supposed to be on vacation, but tell that to my body clock. Made my coffee and went outside to see the natural world wake up. Of course it was up already. I love mornings in the campground and at the lake.  The birds are singing and the fish are jumping. Had some Mallards come in really close. There's a bullfrog calling. Sounds like home. 

Clocked into work and worked until about 2 o’clock. I sat outside the whole time in the shade of the awning. It was nice. I had to get my little fan out just to keep the flies down though. Watch for fire ants! They swarm over any little crumb. Don't set your drink on the ground. My brother stopped by and helped up the canopy. I went down to the water for a while with my creek chair (works in the lake too).

Mama and Daddy came out and we sat in the water for a little while and took a drive around the park. We had hamburgers for supper and a nice visit and then they went home. Daddy seemed to really enjoy himself out there - a little early Father's Day. It was good to see him relax.

Saturday 

I got up and made my coffee and then made a big breakfast. I was gonna save it for leftovers but there was a young couple nearby that was just getting up so I offered it to them. 

Floated in the lake for a while. Saw 2 snakes in the water. One was very close so I figured it was time to get out. In the afternoon, I went to our LaBahia Chapter NSPSOT's Plant Swap on the other side of the lake. Nice place! Came back with lots of plants and a full belly. It was a busy day, plus quite a bit of sun, so I called it an early night. 

Sunday

Cereal and muffin for breakfast - fast and easy. Went home to change clothes for church since it was Father's Day. Had steaks at Daddy's for lunch. My brother and son came out. too My brother went with me to get the camper and canopy right at check-out time. Luckily no one was in line at the dump station. It was HOT and HUMID. Nice weekend.

💡 I really need to try sites 93 and 95 as they have a little bit of shade. So sad that they have lost so many of their trees. 


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