North Shore Park Lake Bastrop Review & Rating
North Shore Park Lake Bastrop Overview:
Review of North Shore Park - Lake Bastrop
North Shore Park is one of the several LCRA (Lower Colorado River Authority) parks and it's a great park for peaceful and quiet camping, fishing, hiking/biking, or enjoying nature and the 936 acre Lake Bastrop. Located about 8 miles from Bastrop, North Shore Park is easy to get too and it has quick access to Bastrop and Elgin plus Austin is only 35 minutes away.
North Shore Park is clean, well maintained, and staffed by some friendly work campers. The roads and sites are paved and the terrain is heavily treed. And there is lots to do within the Park as well as nearby.
North Shore Park on Lake Bastrop is small with only 17 water and electric sites and it's popular, so make sure you make a reservation well in advance.
Amenities and Fun Things To Do:
North Shore Park on Lake Bastrop has 17 sites, most of which are under trees that provide some great shade. The sites are a mixture of very long pull throughs and longer than normal back-ins. There are 6 sites with 30/50 AMP and full hook-up (including sewer) and 11 with 30/50 AMP and water. All of the sites are paved and include a large gravel picnic area with a long picnic table, fire pit, grill, and lantern holder. Hook-ups are conveniently located on the back left side of the sites.
The majority of the North Shore Park campsites are well treed (which may make it a little difficult for big rigs to get into the site) and shaded, a couple are open with no trees, and most have a view of the lake. Sites 61 to 63 are closest (about 150 yards) to the lake. The sites range from flat and level to slopping with can make it a little difficult to get level.
The Park is very clean and well maintained and the restrooms near the sites look new and have 4 individual private restrooms with showers - and they are handicap accessible.
North Shore Park is great for pure camping plus it has some excellent amenities to enjoy during your stay, some of which include:
- a two lane boat ramp with ample parking for trailers plus there are three boat slips at the ramp
- a well treed picnic/day use area on the lake's shoreline with picnic tables, grills, a swing, volleyball court, tetherball, and a restroom with showers
- a swimming area including a large sandy beach area
- a fishing pier
- canoe/kayak launching area
- a group area for up to 50 people
If you want to bike or hike, the North Shore Trailway is a dirt 4.9 mile trail that's relatively flat and fun that leads to South Shore Park. The shorter Buzzard Point trail takes you through the trees and out to the lake.
One of the main attractions that draw naturalists, fisherman, and campers to North Shore Park is the 960 acre Lake Bastrop. The Lake is home a power plant (that now only runs during peak loads in the winter and summer) which means the lake must remain at a certain level and can't go down more than 3 feet or so and that the water can be a little warmer than most lakes when the power plant is operating. Fishing is excellent for bass and not bad for catfish - we were told that Lake Bastrop is rated in the top 5 best bass lakes in Texas!
A Typical Texas Outsider Day:
We love to camp at North Shore because it's small, quiet, and has spacious and long well treed campsites (some with full hookups), good amenities, and it's close to lots to see and do.
Some of the things we do while camping at North Shore Park include:
- play golf at any of 4 courses - our favorite being Wolfdancer at the Hyatt Lost Pines
- enjoy some of the good restaurants and nightlife in Bastrop - Cindy's Sports Bar, Maxines, Baxters, or most of the Mexican restaurants
- bike the 4.9 mile trail from North Shore Park to South Shore Park
- sit around the campfire for games and s'moores
Cool Nearby Activities:
North Shore Park is about 8 miles from Bastrop's Historic Downtown area that has some good restaurants, quaint shops, nightlife, and more. The Colorado River runs through Bastrop and it's great for picnics, swimming, kayaking/canoeing/tubing, and fishing. You can rent bikes, tubes, and kayaks/canoes. Here is our list of Fun Things To See & Do in Bastrop.
You can drive 17 miles north and try some of the famous Elgin Sausage or BBQ, 35 miles to enjoy all that Austin has to offer, or head 40 miles or so to San Marcos and Schlitterbaun.
And if you like biking, in addition to the trails in North Shore Park, Bastrop is home to some excellent biking options. Here is a link to one of the best biking trails in Texas.
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Additional Pictures of North Shore Park Lake Bastrop
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