Lake Palestine Campground & Lodge Overview:Lake Palestine Campground and Lodge sits on the banks of one of the western coves of the 25,500 acre Lake Palestine. They are located on a private peninsula with over ten groomed acres and 2,700 feet of shoreline.
The new owners take pride in offering one of the cleanest and neatest recreational destinations on Lake Palestine. They work hard at providing a friendly and family oriented environment. The owners have some grand plans as part of their continuous improvements to the Park which include a new store, restaurant, and 6 to 7 second story suites - all of which should be done by the middle of 2007.
Amenities and Fun Things To Do:Lake Palestine Campground has 80 sites, most of which are on the water's edge, with 30 and 50 amp service, water, and sewer. All the sites are level and most have a concrete pad for the picnic table. There is one very nice tent site at the end of a point. You can park your boat behind the sites and tie off along the retaining wall - use lots of bumpers.
Lake Palestine has a variety of lodging accommodations including: a two bedroom 900 foot furnished mobile home with a view of the lake; a one bedroom split level suite that sleeps 4 to 6 people; suites with kitchen or kitchenettes; and other lodge rooms. In total there are 14 rooms and most of the lodge rooms and suites are 10 feet from the waters edge. Prices in 2007 ranged from $30 to $140 per night.
Some of the other amenities at Lake Palestine Campground include: a cafe serving an excellent breakfast and lunch with a very friendly staff; 2 lane boat ramp; banquet room with three dormitory type rooms; small store with groceries, ice, propane, and fishing gear; laundry room; restroom and shower; and a pavilion. They also rent large and small paddle boats, canoes, 18' and 20' pontoon boats, and kayaks.
A Typical Texas Outsider Day:A typical day is spent enjoying the lake for skiing, cruising, or anchoring in a cove for swimming, games, and socializing. You can learn more about Lake Palestine by clicking here. We will typically spend some time on one of the Tyler golf courses.
For dinner, we will head just up the road to Coffee and Coffee Landing Restaurant (903 876-4923) which is very good. They have a wide selection of steaks, seafood, sandwiches, and more. But they are best known for their excellent seafood buffet for lunch or dinner. I saw a website that had 7 reviews of Coffee Landing and the average rating was 8.5 out of 10 stars.
If you have kids, a trip to Tyler to visit the Caldwell Zoo, World of Wildlife Museum, or Discovery Science Place are all worth the trip.
Cool Nearby Activities:Tyler is about 15 minutes north and has lots to see and do, click here to learn more about Tyler. If you like golf you have some outstanding choices, all of which are within 30 minutes or so. Check out the Tyler Golf Map to quickly locate a course and learn more about it - Pine Dunes, Oak Hurst, and Garden Valley are our favorites.
We also enjoy visting Kieperso Estates Winery and sitting on their deck sipping some good wine and enjoying the view of the vineyard and countryside.
We struggled to find some lively night life, but did enjoy Half Moon Grill and Salon, which has live music on the weekends, pool, video golf, and a friendly crowd.
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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