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Lake Livingston

Fishing on Lake LivingstonLake Livingston is a perfect place to relax, and enjoy yourself. You can fish, camp, boat, sail, or jet ski. There is abundant wildlife around the lake, so take a day and discover the local inhabitants.

Located just 80 miles north of Houston and 175 miles south east of Dallas, it makes a great place for a weekend trip or year round vacation home.

Lake Livingston is the 2nd largest lake located within the borders of Texas. It is 39 miles long and at it's widest point it is 7 miles. With 450 miles of shoreline, Lake Livingston is never crowded. It covers 93,000 acres and has been dubbed a "Water Wonderland". There are many beautiful homes, and campgrounds surrounding the shore's.

Within the Lake Livingston area, there are 4 different counties including, Polk, Walker, San Jacinto, Trinity.

Lake Livingston has several small communities located along it's shores. Making them a perfect place to live or visit. So if its a weekend cabin, or retirement hide way, that you are seeking, come and enjoy Lake Livingston.

Lake Livingston State ParkThe parks on Lake Livingston offer over 5,000 campsites and 100 boat launching ramps. Lake Livingston State Park, and Trinity River Authority Parks: Wolf Creek Park, and Tigerville Park (day use only) are excellent places for camping. You will find some excellent dining and lodging facilities located around the lake in nearby communities. (The links to Lake Livingston State Park and Wolf Creek Park are provided as a courtesy. Reservations are made through the park systems and not this website.)

Lake Livingston has a good climate to enjoy visiting the lake at anytime of year. During the summer it averages 92 degrees, winter averages 55 degrees, and spring and fall average 75 degrees.

The lake is kept at a constant level by the Trinity River Authority. The lake has an average depth of 23 feet. Near the dam is the deepest point of the lake at 90 feet.

If you travel to Lake Livingston during the spring, you will enjoy a very colorful view. Almost all of the roads coming into Lake Livingston display Texas Wild Flowers.

Lake Livingston Map

Map of Lake Livingston

Driving Directions to Lake Livingston

From Houston

North on I45

Exit US 190 at Huntsville

Go East


North on US 59

Exit US 190 at Livingston

Go West


From Dallas

South on I45

Exit US 190 at Huntsville

Go East

Places to visit near Lake Livingston

Lake Livingston State Park

Located near the town of Goodrich off of FM 1988. The park offers rental shelters, RV hook-ups, horseback riding, paddle boats, hiking trailsl, and a lighted fishing pier. Online reservations can be made at Lake Livingston State Park.

Lake Livingston Dam and Bridge

Located on FM 3278 by Camilla. The dam contains 90,000 surface acres of water. The dam was completed in 1969. Floodgates on the spillway are designed to handle over three times the volume of water during the largest flood in the history of the Trinity river.

Coldsping Old Jail Museum

The Old Jail Museum was built in 1887. The jail is noted for a rare but never used hangman's trip. The Museum will give you an idea of how the early settlers lived. It contains forest implements, household articles, and much more.

Coldpsring United Methodist Church

Located on Highway 150 at Cemetery Street. It was built in 1858 and then moved to its present location. In 1973 it was restored to the 1870 period. It is believed to be the oldest Methodist Church in continuous use in Texas today.

Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation

Located at Coley Creek 6.5 miles east of Shepherd on FM 223 is Texas oldest Indian Reservation

Polk County Memorial Museum

Located at 514 West Mill Street in Livingston, this Museum houses information on Native and American Pioneers, Civil War, Trinity River Boats and Life in the Timber County.

Lake Livingston Wild Life

deerLake Livingston is the home of abundant wild life. White tail deer roam the shores. Foxes can be found in the forests around the lake. If your out at night you may come across a possum, or racoon. If you like lizards, and have a hard time spotting them during the day, at night time they tend to climb on buildings. Squirrels are abundant and can be spotted everywhere.

Birds can be spotted everywhere. Some of the most common birds that you can see are cardinal's, blue jays, humming birds, road runners, turkey vultures, eagles, little blue heron, snowy egrets, seagulls, and ducks. Many of the homes around the lake have humming bird feeders. The humming birds usually start visiting in early May, and leave the lake area around the end of Sept. Bring your binoculars, and enjoy your bird watching adventure at Lake Livingston.

Every area around Lake Livingston has some sort of wild life. You can find wild life even in the residential areas. In some areas, deer roam the yards of the homes. Take some time on your next visit to Lake Livingston, look closely into the woods, you may be surprised at the wild life that you can spot. During the day, deer often lie in the woods and are not easy to spot. The best time to spot deer is early morning or at dusk.

alligatorOn rare occasions in some of the coves that have a creek you may catch a glimpse of an alligator. Most of the time, the alligators are content on living in the creeks, and they generally do not venture into the main lake area. Most alligators, tend to stay away from humans, but if you do see an alligator, never approach it. Always enjoy the view from a distance.

Remember that all wild life are just that,wild animals. Enjoy seeing the wild life from a distance. Even the cutest animals can pack a powerful bite.

In the water, you can find birds, and alligator. On your next boat ride, look closely at the shore, you may find a deer, fox, raccoon getting a drink of water. If you watch the water, you may see a turtle coming up for a breath. There are several species of snakes around the lake including water moccasins.

Lake Livingston Wildflowers

wildflowersDuring the spring, your drive to Lake Livingston can be very pretty. Along the roadsides, you can see bluebonnets, indian paint-brush, indian blanket, and buttercups. Some of the roadsides around Lake Livingston also have a spectacular display of wildflowers.

Bluebonnets are the Texas state flower. You can view them from March to early May. They appear along many roadsides. The bluebonnet was named due to its resemblence to a bonnet. It grows from 15-24 inches.

Indian Paint Brush bloom from March to May with a peak blooming season in April. Most of the Indian Paint Brush's growing near Lake Livingston are a bright scarlet.

Indian Blankets bloom from April to July. These flowers are red, orange, and yellow. They were named for the resembalnce to the colors seen in Indian Blankets.

The Buttercup is a light pink flower with a white and yellow center. They bloom from April to June. During past years you can see many Buttercups lining the roads near Lake Livingston.

Lake Livingston Water Conditions

tree in waterAll lakes have hazzards that you should be aware of, and Lake Livingston is not any different. Lake Livingston is a very large lake. If you are boating you could find yourself in the middle of the lake with the shore a long distance away. Be sure that you have life jackets for all members of your party, along with all state regulated items for your boat.

Like all lakes, you need to beware of the weather. Storms can come up suddenly. Wind can cause high waves, which can make navigation difficult for small boats. If you are taking a boat trip, be sure to have an up to date weather report.

Lake Livingston was a man made lake in 1969. When the lake was filled, all of the trees were left. There are many hidden underwater trees. If you plan on water skiing or using your jet ski, please make sure that you have surveyed the area that you plan to enjoy your water sport for the hidden underwater trees.

Lake Livingston is the home of numerous alligators. The alligators seem to be the most active during mating season. May and June seem to be the time of year that you will encounter the most alligators. The alligators tend to stay way from humans, but please be aware of the danger that an alligator may create for you and your family.

Like all lakes in Texas, occassionally you may come across a water moccasin.

Shore Swimming

swimming in lake livingstonWhile visiting the lake, you may be tempted to just take a nice cool relaxing swim. Before entering the water it is best to make sure that you have a safe place to exit before entering. You can't tell how deep the water is just by looking at it. If you enter from a drop off and not a slow gradual entry, you may find yourself in deep water and may not be able to get out of the water where you went in. So much of the lake area has bulk head and if there is not a ladder you may not be able to get out. Also be sure to look around the area you plan on swimming. Like all lakes there can be snakes and an occassional alligator.