Lake Livingston State Park

Lakeside Retreat

Make family memories at this Pineywoods park

Fish one of the largest lakes in the state, hike quiet trails through the forest, or camp under the trees. This refreshing retreat from city life is just an hour north of Houston.

Things to Do

At Lake Livingston State Park, you can swim, fish, boat, hike, bird, camp, picnic, mountain bike, geocache and study nature. We have activities for the whole family! Take a virtual tour with our Interactive Trails Map.

We offer many camping options, from tent sites with water nearby up to campsites with full hookups. You can also rent one of 10 screened shelters, some of which are ADA accessible. Or book one of our group facilities for your next reunion. Learn more about our site-specific reservation project.

Shop our park store for souvenirs, drinks, snacks, ice, camping and fishing supplies, and much more. 

Alligators live in the area; read our alligator safety tips.

Fishing:  Lake Livingston is one of the largest lakes in the state, noted for its white bass population. You might catch catfish, crappie, bass or that kid favorite - perch. The park has three boat ramps, two fish cleaning stations, a fishing pier and bank fishing.

We loan cane fishing poles as part of the Tackle Loaner Program; check with the park store for availability. Remember, you do not need a fishing license to fish from shore in a state park. Check at park headquarters for more information.

Swimming:  Read our swimming safety tips before cooling off in the lake.

Boating:  We rent canoes, single and double kayaks, and paddleboards at out park store, from Thursday through Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.. 

Self-service rentals are also available. Use your smart phone to access the PaddleEz website, and reserve from the fleet of four double kayaks and two stand up paddle boards. This service is available daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours in spring and summer. For more information, visit the PaddleEz website or call (512) 766-9070, or call the park store at (936) 365-2201.

Volunteering:  We need your help! To volunteer, visit our Volunteer page and keyword search “Lake Livingston.”

Ranger Programs

We offer a variety of free ranger programs. Learn new skills when you kayak or fish with a ranger; take a discovery, photo or night hike; try geocaching; learn about nature; or attend a make-and-take craft workshop. Call the park to schedule special tours for your group.

Area Attractions

Explore the Pineywoods at the Big Thicket National Preserve near Woodville, or at the Sam Houston National Forest near Coldspring.

Livingston has ball fields, a bowling alley, an 18-hole golf course, lighted tennis courts, parks and a municipal airport. It is also home to the Polk County Library and Memorial Museum.  The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe holds its annual powwow each June.

Houston’s many attractions are 75 miles south of the park. These include NASA’s Johnson Space Center, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Houston Zoo, museums and much more.

Drive the Big Sandy Loop, one of TPWD’s Great Texas Wildlife Trails. Visit some of the best wildlife observation points in this area. Martin Dies, Jr. and Huntsville state parks are nearby.

300 Park Road 65
Livingston, TX 77351

Latitude: 30.656897

Longitude: -95.001093

(936) 365-2201

Make reservations online

Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900

Entrance Fees
  • Adult : $5 Daily
  • Child 12 Years and Under: Free
Hours

Park open daily

 

Store Hours 

June 1- June 30:
Daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


July 1- Aug. 12:
Sun. through Thurs. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
Fri. and Sat 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 


Aug. 13 - May 31:
 
Wed. - Sun.: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
closed Mon. and Tues.

 

Busy Season

Spring, summer and fall

Climate

January average low: 37 degrees. July average high: 94 degrees. Average rainfall: 48 inches.

National Weather Service forecast for this area
Elevation

194 feet

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