Camped a single night and unfortunately caught a gnarly winter thunderstorm over night. We were looking forward to the awesome start nights we've read so much about, but will have to wait till next time. The camp site was nice tho. Fire ring, grills, covered table, and enough space between sites. Both lakes looked really good, altho the wind and cold temps kept me from fishing this time. A quick drive around the park just filled the to-do list for our next visit!
Mackenzie has been fairly low key lake to fish and camp.
Usually a pretty quite place, without crowds. Altho this year, alot more people have been camping, and things have been alot busier than normal.
There is a general store for last min items, and live bait with decent outdoor bathrooms.
There are also some pretty popular dirt trails for moto cross and 4 wheelers and the like.
A nice park with lots of camp sites. RV hook ups, and lots of dispersed camps around the pack. Some are hike or horse in sites.
Nestled in a beautiful canyon with tons of trials for hiking or horseback.
Park also has a small lake, Lake Theo, which holds some really nice fish.
And dont forget about the buffalo herd that wanders the park. You can often see them come down to the lake for a drink, or wondering through the camp sites!
Now called "Slow Play RV Park", under new ownership. Lots of spaces, with 30 & 50 amp hook up. Very nice property, with good paved roads throughout. Bathrooms and showers were impressively clean. There is a laundry room, and a game room with a few arcade games. Peaceful evenings, with enforced quite times. The front office has a store, with can drinks, toiletries, shirts, caps, a few over the counter medicines, and some misc RV things like hoses and dig bones. The staff is super helpful and friendly. They drove around the park just checking on everything. I will definitely be returning!
I usually visit this lake for the fishing. There is dispersed camping around the lake, and there is also an RV park on the north side of the lake, off highway 485, but I have never stayed there. I have visited the store in the park for bait, and everything looked clean and in good repair.
There are a few camping sites around the boat ramp, and along the north side of the water. The road across the damn is gated, and I believe the south side of the lake is private farm land.
Still a great lake to visit if you like to fish, and want to throw down a tent for small camper. Full size RV's will probably have trouble getting around some of the narrow dirt roads.
Another Beautiful State Park with the South LLano River rolling through.
The camp is well kept with clean bathrooms and showers, as expected with a state park.
Lots of trees for shade, and even pre cut firewood available for donation (which is awesome). There is even a Turkey roost, whatever that is!
The River is accessible via some stairs, or just hiking down.
Came down to Jellystone with some friends for a few nights, and had a blast!
The camp looks great. Full hook ups, and even available cabins for non campers. There is so much to do, from the water park (which is awesome), to the Guadalupe River, to the karaoke at the bar, the booze cruise around the park, the play grounds, candy bar bingo, movie night, ect..ect.. ect!!
The river is very shallow, with pools scattered throughout. We walked out until we found a nice pool to sit in, and relax.
Everyone at the park was super friendly from the campers to the staff.
Be sure you rent a golf cart to get around, cause the park is pretty spread out, and you'll get around comfortably. Cant wait to go back!
Spent a couple night here in July. Beautiful park! The river is crystal clear and very inviting on a hot summer day. The Rv spots were well kept, the bathrooms/showers were clean, and the park was pretty quite in the evenings. There are Lots of hiking trails to explore, but they can only be taken on bicycle for 1 mile, per the rules. Overall, its a great park with beautiful scenery. I would love to see the trees turn in the fall.
The only drawback, is that its in a complete deadzone for cellular. I had absolutely zero service on my cellphone, antenna Tv, or wifi/4g. (Altho, thats not always a bad thing)
Be prepared for emergencies if you hike the trails tho.
There is a general store about 4 miles up the road from the park entrance that has free wifi, if you need to download/update offline maps for your gps, and just get some work done before you go back to relax in the park.
Stayed in the RV site, and everything was as expected. Grounds were kept, clean, and over all park was pretty quite in the evening. My only complaint was that there was a burn ban that we didn't find out about till we arrived. I booked online, via the state parks website. Other parks in the region had a notice advising about the burn ban. This one did not, so I assumed camp fires were permitted. We cooked hot dogs and burgers on a propane stove that night. Total bummer. Otherwise, the camping was great.
Dry camping just off the parking lot for the boat ramps.camp sites have awnings, and tables. Grounds are not "kept", but aren't overgrown. Playground nearby, and bathrooms are a short walk from the camp sites. Can't camp on the water, as vehicles are not allowed with in 150yards of the shoreline. Marina has some groceries and essentials, and a restaurant with pretty good burgers.
Overall, a pretty nice place to camp. Sites are clean and maintained. Same for public facilities. Marina, and restaurant at the boat ramps with live music on the weekends, in the warmer months. Fishing is pretty decent too. Place does get pretty packed on holidays, and tends to get alil rowdy and loud.