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Waterfront Lodge, Marina, & RV Park Review & Rating

Texas Outside Rating: 7.3

Onalaska ยท 936 646-3525
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Waterfront Lodge, Marina, & RV Park Overview:

Review of The Waterfront Lodge, Marina, & RV Park on Lake Livingston

The Waterfront Lodge, Marina, & RV Park is located in the "heart of Lake Livingston" just off 190 on the north east side of Lake Livingston in a large cove off the main part of Lake Livingston.   Waterfront Lodge claims to be the only motel or hotel located on Lake Livingston and in addition to the motel there are RV sites, a restaurant and bar on the water, and a marina with rental slips only.

The staff is friendly and outgoing, the lodge rooms were renovated in 2005, and the new restaurant, bar, and deck over the water were redone in 2013. 

The Waterfront Lodge is home to several events (like the two day Crawfish & Cowboys Music Festival) and they host over a dozen professional Bass Fishing Tournaments a year. 

The Waterfront Lodge is just off 190 and close to Onalaska for restaurants, groceries, and more.  Huntsville is about 28 miles west and Livingston is about 13 miles to the east. 

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Amenities and Fun Things To Do:

The Waterfront Lodge has 24 450 square foot suites overlooking the parking lot, boat slips, campground, and lake.  All of the suites were completely renovated in 2005 and now have one king or two queen beds, mini-fridges, full sized microwaves, coffee makers, sink, all pine furnishings, cable, and 27" TVs. Linens and towels are provided and the housekeeping staff does a good job of keeping the rooms clean. 

The RV Park sits on a u shaped peninsula jutting into Lake Livingston and has 27 full hook-up back-in RV sites along the Lake.  4 of the 31 sites are interior pull throughs and the others.  Sites 1 through 10 overlook the marina's boat slips and the restaurant - the rest of the sites have a great view of Lake Livingston. 

The RV sites are all side by side with a mixture of grass and gravel parking pads and all the sites have conveniently accessed water, 30/50 AMP electric, and sewer hook-ups. There are no shade trees but you do get the wind blowing across the lake to help keep it cool.

In addition to the Lodge and RV park, The Waterfront Lodge has:

  • 24 covered slips, many with electric lifts, that are available for daily, weekly, or longer lease
  • two new wide concrete boat ramps
  • 1500 square foot lighted fishing pier that juts over 100 feet into the lake to provide some excellent fishing for catfish, sandies, stripers, crappie, and large and small mouth bass
  • small convenience store with ice, soda, beer, water, snacks, ice cold beer, and more
  • free wireless internet
  • large covered outdoor pavilion with concrete floors and electrical connections for special events
  • professional in ground- outdoor charcoal grills for guests use
  • onsite commercial laundry

A newly renovated restaurant called Poppers opened in 2013 and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the weekends and dinner 7 days a week.  The restaurant has indoor seating, a bar, and a beautiful deck with a great view on the water.   

Above the restaurant and office is a huge bar, dance floor, and deck overlooking the lake. Live music or a DJ is typically available on the weekends. 

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A Typical Texas Outsider Day:

Our first visit to The Waterfront Lodge, Marina, and RV Park was to attend a great two day outdoor festival - Crawfish & Cowboys.  The festival was in an open field next to the lake and RV park and was a blast.  Wayne Toups and Stoney Larue were the headliners and were outstanding - you can click on the link to read our review of Crawfish & Cowboys

During this visit to Waterfront Lodge we also enjoyed a good meal at Jerry's Restaurant and 9 holes of golf at Livingston Golf Course.  

On previous visits we have enjoyed boating on Lake Livingston, golf in Huntsville, and a round of golf on Cape Royale. 

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Cool Nearby Activities:

Lake Livingston covers more than 90,000 acres and has more than 450 miles of shoreline.  The shoreline curves into many tiny bays, creeks, and protected coves that are good for swimming, tubing, boarding, or cruising.  See this map of Lake Livingston to find the coves, restaurants, camping, and more.

Lake Livingston is home to some excellent fishing for Largemouth Bass, White Bass, Stripers, Catfish, and Crappie.  If you want to catch some of the big fish for a fish fry, then hire one of these Lake Livingston Fishing Guides, some of which will pick you up at The Waterfront Lodge. 

There are some good golf courses nearby (Raven Nest in Huntsville and Cape Royale on the Lake) - use this golf map of Huntsville or Lake Livingston golf map to find a nearby golf course.

Campground Information

Phone:
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Texas Outside Favorite Sites: Back-in waterfront sites 17 & 18

Campground Rating

Overall Rating:
7.3
Condition:
8.0
Scenic Beauty:
7.0
Campsites:
6.0
Amenities:
8.0
Things To Do:
7.0

Additional Pictures of Waterfront Lodge, Marina, & RV Park

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Texas Outside Campground Rating System

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