Lake Livingston/Onalaska KOA Review & Rating
Lake Livingston/Onalaska KOA Overview:
From our perspective, Lakeside RV Resort & Marina has the potential to become one of the best RV parks in Texas. When new management purchased the park a couple years ago, they basically leveled what was there and started over. The park was still a work in progress when we visited in September 2009, but the basic infrastructure (paved roads and sites, marina, restaurant, bar, pool, and bathrooms) was completed. Future plans include further improvements, mores RV sites, and cabins/cottages for rent.
This 29 acre RV park has over a half a mile of shoreline, good amenities, is very clean and well maintained, and is next to highway 190 providing easy access to other things to see and do. The sites are located on a hill that gently rises from the water, meaning that almost every site has an excellent view of the lake and sunset. The roads are paved but really big rigs might find some sites a little difficult to get into. Service was good and the staff is very friendly. If you are looking for a lakeside RV park, it will be hard to beat Lakeside RV Park & Marina.
Amenities and Fun Things To Do:
When we visited Lakeside in September 2009, there were 102 RV sites in three different areas - Bridgepark, Tall Timbers, and Surfside. Each area is a little different - Surfside has great lake views, easy access to the pool, and some sites are right on the water (80 yards up a gentle hill) which is great for swimming (nice shallow sandy bottom) and overnight boat parking; Bridgepark also has great lake view sites and is the closest to the office, restaurant, bar, and marina but the shoreline is protected by a bulkhead preventing easy access to the water; and Tall Timbers is up the hill and farthest from the water but most sites have great lake views.
The RV sites: are paved and level; back-in or drive-in with some pull throughs in Tall Timbers; have a small patio with a picnic table; and have full hooks with 20/30/50 AMP service.
Some of the other amenities at Lakeside include:
- a pet area as well as an off leash pet area
- playground, volleyball court, and horseshoe pit
- waterfront picnic pavilion
- nice pool on the water plus a hot tub
- a marina with boat slips, some of which are available for rent to park guests
- wide 3 lane boat ramp but trailer parking can be a little tight
- very clean restrooms and individual showers
- free wireless
Lakeside also has a restaurant that serves three reasonably priced meals a day, seven days a week. We tried and enjoyed breakfast. The lunch and dinner menus look great and you'll find lots of choices from appetizers to an Angus Rib Eye Steak - for example, honey teriyaki salmon, chicken Marsala, chicken fried steak, catfish, pork chops, pastas, salads, and sandwiches. There is inside seating but it doesn't get much better than the outdoor patio right on the water. There is also a full service bar in the restaurant - grab a cold beer or margarita and watch the sunset.
Along the bulkhead near the pool is a good place to fish or take advantage of the picnic tables for a picnic lunch or dinner. Lakeside is also convenient to a grocery store (5 blocks away) and Livingston and Huntsville within 30 minutes.
A Typical Texas Outsider Day:
When we visit Lakeside, we have:
- explored the local area or attend some local events like Livingston Trade Days
- attended a great two day music festival called Crawfish & Cowboys
- played golf at Cape Royale, Raven Nest, and Livingston Golf Course - see this map to find a nearby golf course
- checked out a couple of the local restaurants - Jerry's is ok
enjoyed the lake and all that it has to offer - here is a Map of Lake Livingston
Cool Nearby Activities:
Lakeside RV Park is adjacent to highway 190 meaning you have easy access for shopping or exploring the area. Livingston is about 10 miles down the road and Huntsville is about 30 miles east - both have several things to see and do. We hear that there are a few nearby local bars and restaurants, although we haven't tried any of them.
We did play golf at Cape Royale Golf Course and really enjoyed it - fun, scenic, challenging, and lots of variety. To learn more read our review of Cape Royale. To lean more about the lake read our review of Lake Livingston.
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Additional Pictures of Lake Livingston/Onalaska KOA
Texas Outside uses a tough rating scale and it’s difficult for a campground to get a “10”. Each park is rated on:
- Scenic Beauty: a campground that is flat with no trees or character gets a “1” and hills, lots of trees, beautiful lake site, and lush ground cover gets a “10”
- Park Condition: the cleaner, well kept, and maintained campgrounds receive high scores
- Amenities: we are looking for lots of amenities like restrooms, dump stations, playgrounds, boat ramps, shelters, concession stand, rental toys, and more.
- Campsites: low scores are given for sites that are right next to each other (good for getting to know your neighbors, but not what we’re looking for when we’re camping); have no lantern holder, no water or electricity, no fire pit, no grill, or no picnic table (or it’s rotten wood); have no trees and no view; the ground cover is crushed rock (my bare feet hate that stuff!); and they require a lot of work to get your rig level.
- Things To Do: Bonus points are given for campgrounds that offer lots of fun things to do at the park or very nearby – this includes: biking, hiking, climbing, boating, entertainment, golf, swimming, fishing, volleyball, horseshoes, and more