Water Conditions

All 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.

Lake Livingston Tree Stump in WaterLike 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, occasionally 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 occasional alligator.