Lake Casa Blanca International State Park Review & Rating
Lake Casa Blanca International State Park Overview:
Review and Rating of Lake Casa Blanca International State Park in Laredo
Lake Casa Blanca International State Park is on the east side of Laredo and surrounds a quarter of the 1680 acre Lake Casa Blanca. A lot of the day use picnic tables are on the edge of the lake, several of the campsites back up to the lake, and lots of the campsites have views of the lake. The lake was at capacity when we visited in January 2014 - a pleasant surprise!
This popular State Park has a huge day use area, full hook-up RV sites, walk-in campsites, and lots of amenities. The Park is clean and well maintained, gated at night, and it's close to lots to see and do in Laredo and it's just minutes from the Mexican border. The roads and sites are paved.
Amenities and Fun Things To Do:
There are 66 campsites at Lake Casa Blanca International State Park - 56 have water and electric hook-ups and 10 have water, electric (some with 50 AMP), and sewer hook-ups. The sites are a mixture of back-in and pull through. Each of the sites have covered picnic tables and some have tent pads, grills, and lantern holders.
The sites range from flat to sloping (some severe) and they range from roughly 35 to over 50' - we had no trouble getting into our site and parking our 42' motorhome and Jeep in the site. Some sites have a double wide parking area. The connections are at the rear of the site and may require some hook-up extensions - it took two sewer hoses for our site. The campsites are very spacious and have lots of room to spread out and have fun. There aren't any tall shade trees so it can get hot in the summer.
Lake Casa Blanca International State Park is loaded with amenities, some of which include:
- large multi-lane boat ramp with plenty of boat trailer parking
- fishing pier
- lots of day use picnic tables (covered and some have grills) and several different group facilities for rent
- a small store with everything from bait to charcoal to snacks and nachos and more
- baseball diamond, 4 tennis courts, 2 basketball courts, 2 playgrounds, shuffleboard, and a volleyball court
- 4 biking and hiking trails totaling over 4 miles - see this Casa Blanca State Park Trail Map for the trails and some of the sights along the trails
- two playgrounds
- dump station
- restrooms and showers
Throughout the year the Park Rangers sponsor a variety of events and activities ranging from birding to biking to geocaching or star gazing.
Fishing in Lake Casa Blanca is excellent for catfish and hybrid striped bass and very good for crappie and largemouth bass. Fishing permits are not required for fishing within a State Park.
A Typical Texas Outsider Day:
We stayed here for a couple days and didn't have a lot to time for exploring. We rode bikes on one of the trails and enjoyed it and we played golf at The Max and Casa Blanca Golf Course, which is just across the street from the State Park. See the links below to read our reviews of these two courses.
When we arrived it was freezing cold so we decided to visit the Planetarium at Texas A&M International University, only to find out that it was closed! So instead we went to Cinemark and ate popcorn.
We also had some good appetizers and margaritas at Palenque Grill and an excellent meal at Las Kekas.
Cool Nearby Activities:
Lake Casa Blanca State Park is located on the north east part of Laredo and its on Bob Bullock Loop which makes it easy to get to anywhere in Laredo within minutes. And the border crossing into Mexico is within 15 minutes or so.
The Laredo website lists lots of things to do from restaurants to shopping to annual events and more.
If you like golf, check out this Laredo Golf Course map to find a course to play and to read our reviews of the courses we have played. The Max is one of the best in Texas and well worth playing.
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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