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This was an overnight stop for us on the way back from Colorado to North East Texas. Glad we drove out here, about 10 miles north of the town of Nocona. Grass had just been Mown, And we were the only ones in the Camp Ground for the night. Very peaceful and quiet. Campsite pads were a very narrow and we had to access a water connection from an adjoining campsite. Since we were the only ones there that was not a problem. Had a nice view of the lake. Probably would stop here again ￼￼
On some maps this spot appears as a dispersed camping area however when I arrived it is very clearly marked "Day Use Only". The road to the public use area is wide enough for two passing vehicles with boats and there is plenty of space for longer rigs to park when you get to the boat ramp area. There is also a restroom with vault toilets and trash cans in this area.
For those using the area there is an honor pay station just off the boat ramp area and cost is very reasonable.
For those wanting to visit the lake and swim, this isn't the right place to do so. There is no swimming beach at this location and it does mention that you cannot swim near the ramp.
When I visited the recent rains had the lake swelling to a pretty high level and the waters had pushed up well over the the typical as can be seen in the picture attached of the dock which typically sets beside the launch area but is now underwater at the shore line. As a result a lot of people had pulled their boats in at camping areas across the lake rather than requiring a day use fee.
- Remember if using this area to lock your doors and hide anything of value, even though this isn't a high traffic area always better safe than sorry.
- Take toilet paper with you. Though they do have toilets sometimes it is not stocked regularly and depending on traffic you would be better safe than sorry.
- Check fishing tournament schedules. This ramp is used heavily when they have hosted fishing tournaments so if you are a recreational boater and do not want to have to struggle with finding a parking space or to many other boaters just check in advance.
When I was younger we used to go over to this lake to ride bikes around during the spring. It was never very busy and mostly was just a few people wanting a weekend get away here and there or a person wanting to use the boat launch.
There is no fee to come out to this place, so I decided to go back and check it out recently and see if it was worth a daycation to hit the water.
It is hot in Texas right now to say the least! Because of this most of the grass and other vegetation is pretty dry. There were some signs posted about no burning in the area so a campfire would have been out of the question had I decided to stay.
The area is scattered with camping sites and could accommodate tents only per its posted policy although there are no improvements such as dump stations or electrical hookups. These sites were rocky and uneven for the most part but you could find hard packed areas that were a little more smooth if you really looked.
There is a restroom available however it is small but serves the purpose of a restroom only. To be honest this restroom was not some place you would want to use unless you had to, it was more of a port-a-potty in a metal shelter.
I did notice a few scattered picnic tables. I remember when I was younger these made for a great place to sit down and have a meal, they were shaded and close to parking for those wanting to use this park for day use. Many of them needed to be reworked because their metal roof was peeling up from heavy winds.
Of the three public facilities this one had to be the middle of the three in way of upkeep and condition. There was nothing which made it overly exceptional. It was the most quiet of the three as well because the majority of those coming out to the lake either want improvements or the larger docks for fishing, and this has neither.
- Take your own toilet paper. A lot of people come through here because it is the more improved of three campgrounds in this area so they utilize the facilities for day use and sometimes it is not maintained as often as the traffic would dictate.
- Try boating from the launch. This lake is great for smaller boats like canoes or smaller fishing boats. In recent years it has endured some falling of the lake levels so I would recommend a smaller boat instead of a larger one.
If you are in an RV this is the area at Nocona Lake you will want to check out. Unlike the other two campground which focus more on the tent camper this one has actual RV sites with improvements though they are not waterfront and also area a little small. Sewer and Water are available for a fee in addition to a dump station.
If you are a tent camper they do have these as well so this makes this campground the more busy of the three when it comes to holidays and nice weather.
The facility has grills and picnic tables and though they are not in the best of condition they are more recently replaced that other campgrounds and are sheltered from the hot sun with covers.
This area is the more patrolled of the campsites around the lake so you will have a lot more supervision here and less likely to encounter rogue kids trying to party.
The positives of staying here include a small fishing pier and boat ramp which is better for larger motor boats then some of the other smaller launch ramps. It is pretty clean, the trash isn’t full and is clearly picked up often. The area is very wide open so it is easy to move around in with your boat, trailer or RV.
Now to the negatives. With this being a more populated site it can fill up quickly during nice weather around holidays and with that it can be a little hectic. With this being the most busy boat ramp on public access you will have a lot of in and out traffic.
And lastly, the bathrooms, none of the public facilities are much more than a port a potty, they are a bit odd and not well maintained.
- Grab supplies before coming out to the lake at any number of stores in Nocona. The community itself has a grocery store and several mini-marts which provide pretty much everything you could need. The only place you will find on the way out to the lake isn’t open often and everything seems a little dusty.
- Try geocaching in this area, there are several geocaches which range in size from small sign in only to trinkets. It is a great activity to try with the family and will provide a fun way to get away from the crowds of the lake on a busy weekend.
When getting ready for summer fun, one of the most simplistic adventures you can go on is a trip to the lake. We loaded up the car on a random Tuesday with intention of hitting the lake and taking some time to sleep under the stars once again as we traveled to Amon G. Carter Lake in North Texas and found Selma Park.
Nestled just outside of Bowie, TX the camping area services both the night camper and also the day use explorer. Facilities offer a boat ramp, camping, swimming pier and beach area as well as fishing areas. Public toilets are located on property that include flush toilets and public showers and throughout the facility are awnings with picnic tables for those using camp facilities. Partial hook ups are available for rvs as well making the campground assessable to adventurers of all kinds.
When we arrived friends were already at the facility and had found a location perfect for our night of camping on a peninsula jutting out into the lake. The area was well maintained and with the exception of a few broken glasses that were present the area was clear. We just made sure to steer clear of these during our stay as the pieces were to small to be picked up.
The camp host drove to our site after we began assembling our tent, as we had missed his location on the way into the facility and made sure to collect our fees for the night. Only $5 for the night on a lake front property is more than reasonable.
Our location was a short drive from the public restrooms that are centralized on the property. Bathrooms were a bit dim but overall served the purpose. Gates to through traffic closed at 10 p.m. in the attempt to keep late night traffic away from the facility and provide additional safety, which was a nice touch for those camping.
There were both shaded sites as well as those more open to the elements. Ours being on the peninsula was more open, great for lakeside views but unfortunately a bit windy at night without additional cover. Still the sites were nice and pleasant and well patrolled.
We enjoyed swimming in the lake, grilling and even a campfire by night at this location, which was not busy on the quiet Tuesday evening.
I would give this site 4 of 5 Bunnies for its easy access, variety of campsites and overall conditions of the facilities. The only areas of improvement I could see would be additional maintenance to bathrooms including additional lighting for safety. Otherwise price point was great for a simple outing and will for sure be going back!