A quiet, peaceful, lakeside retreat is what awaits visitors to Lake Livingston State Park in Livingston, Texas. At only an hour north of Houston, the park offers a lovely retreat from the bustle of city life. Visitors to the park may hike, fish one of the largest lakes in Texas, camp, boat, bike, picnic, geocache, or simply observe nature and relax. The park is open daily and is free for children under 12 years old. Adults only pay $5 for admission.
There are basic tent sites with nearby water or sites with full hookups. There are also screened shelters, some ADA accessible, available to reserve, or group facilities for family events. Lake Livingston is a great destination for fishing for white bass, catfish, crappie, and perch. There are three boat ramps, two cleaning stations, and a fishing pier, in addition to bank fishing. Rods, reels, and tackle boxes may be rented at the park store.
In Lake Livingston State Park, dogs must be kept under physical control at all times, either inside a crate or on a leash no longer than six feet in length. As with any state park or recreation area, be courteous and respectful to other visitors and always pick up after yourself and your dog. Make sure you bring your own waste bags. If you take your dog hiking, always make sure to bring enough water for yourself and your pet.
The area is home to alligators. Stay at least 30 feet away at all times and follow park rules to ensure the safety of you and your pets. Always be alert and wary on trails and near the water. Swim only in designated swimming areas, and do not allow your dog to swim or drink from the lake in alligator habitats. The park website has a full list of advice and rules in regard to alligators in the park. If you’re looking for a great place to fish or camp, Lake Livingston State Park is a great place to escape for the day or a weekend.