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Old 04-26-2016, 08:46 PM   #15
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Texas - LCRA Parks

LCRA parks are some of the nicest in Texas ... and often have availability. Check them out:

http://www.lcra.org/parks/Pages/default.aspx

The following is our favorite of the LCRA parks:

http://www.lcra.org/parks/developed-...ture-park.aspx

There are so many state parks in Texas ... I'm surprised you cannot find availability:

http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/
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Old 04-27-2016, 06:48 AM   #16
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We stayed at a pretty nice commercial campground in Corpus Christi, Reed's RV Park. Don't know if they have any vacancies but worth a try. Also Bar M RV Park in Pleasanton, TX, was pretty open when we were there.
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I'm a bit in the same boat, but I've decided to wing it - and to avoid the BIG tourist traps and take my time this winter touring the south.

Don't forget the NEAR South - Savannah Georgia is well worth a trip, and though I've never visited those who've stayed at Top of Georgia Airstream Park love it. You might also check "courtesy parking" --- but I'd guess that most native Floridians roll up the welcome mat in winter. Join the Moose Club. Many have free or near free parking for RV's though they limit the time you can spend in one place.

And I haven't been to Biloxi Mississippi since Katrina but it ought to be back up and running - casinos and beautiful beaches mostly. Spend the winter running the whole gulf coast for that matter.
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LCRA parks are some of the nicest in Texas ... and often have availability. Check them out:

http://www.lcra.org/parks/Pages/default.aspx

The following is our favorite of the LCRA parks:

http://www.lcra.org/parks/developed-...ture-park.aspx
Thanks for the links. I never knew that there was a Colorado River in Texas (LCRA is Lower Colorado River Authority), or that there were so many campgrounds on it. Definitely some places to check out later.
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Old 04-27-2016, 10:14 AM   #19
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Thanks for the links. I never knew that there was a Colorado River in Texas ...

The Highland Lakes chain of reservoirs on Texas' Colorado River are all beautiful and all have campgrounds. In addition to what the LCRA has, there are state parks there also. I've not had time to explore very much, but have been to Inks Lake State Park three times already and am headed there again next week, Lord willing and weather permitting. Beautiful doesn't half describe it. Weekend reservations are all but impossible there this time of year, but weekdays are easy to get.

I was in the area for a rally and to visit friends a couple of weeks ago, and the wildflowers are crazy beautiful this year. Go see it soon if you can.
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I was in the area for a rally and to visit friends a couple of weeks ago, and the wildflowers are crazy beautiful this year.
I saw on the website that they're giving away packets of Bluebonnet seeds…
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Thanks for the links. I never knew that there was a Colorado River in Texas
There's some historic reasons for both. Ours (Texas), is a bit of mistaken identity. Actually the name was given to the Brazos initially by Spanish explorers, but interchanged quite a bit (and we have problems reading maps). I read one account mention that the current day Colorado was so called because the explorers thought they were at the Colorado river (in Colorado). However, outside that one reference, I've not been able to find that said elsewhere, so I'm not sure how true that particular claim is...

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I read one account mention that the current day Colorado was so called because the explorers thought they were at the Colorado river (in Colorado). However, outside that one reference, I've not been able to find that said elsewhere, so I'm not sure how true that particular claim is...
Apocrypha is always more enduring than fact, and sometimes more endearing as well. Colorado just means "red colored" so like the Red River, it probably gets that color— and name— from the sediment carried down from upstream. But that's a boring origin story, not nearly as entertaining as a tale of explorers who were six hundred miles from where they thought because they couldn't read a map.

Anyway, getting back to camping… I'm mainly interested in the LCRA lakes as places to go flatwater kayaking on my camping excursions. I'm still an absolute novice at the sport, and may never be much good at it. I've been told I paddle like a wounded duck, and that's probably true. But it's fun, as long as I don't have to share my lake with obnoxious jetskiers who think it's fun to try to capsize the fat guy in the little boat.
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Inks Lake has a nice, no wake area for paddling, and the scenery up at that end of the lake is terrific. Family and I have rented kayaks there a couple of times.
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South Georgia has Florida weather without the tourist. There are a State parks, Corps camping, and private parks.
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Being an old RV Park owner I can't help to remember what was told at one of our Campground owners conventions.....It seems an AS was complaining about the nightly fee being too high as he paid the $5.00 fee.......The camper behind him pulling a fold up camper told the campground owner..."Isn't it a shame he paid all that money for an Airstream and didn't save enough to park it.......LOL...........I now know the feeling chuckling..
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I don't know where you are looking in Texas, but in fact, there are plenty of parks in Southwest Texas that are not full in the winter. Yes, if you want to go to South Padre, you are in hot competition, but if you can learn to love the desert southwest there are warm locales for you. Even in less scenic gulf coast locations, there are winter slots open. Along the Gulf coast, there is a host of RV parks that have traditionally catered to oil workers that are mostly empty. In most cases those parks are slightly inland of the various ports that face onto the numerous lagoons that lie behind the barrier islands.
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For an excellent Airstream Park in Florida, suggest Travelers Rest Resort and Golf Course, Johnston Road, Dade City, Fl, I-75, Exit 293, north of Tampa, check out the website.
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Ditto: Mystic Springs Airstream Park north of Pensacola $11 per night but no real amenities like pools or such. Or NORTH TEXAS AIRSTREAM COMMUNITY INC north of Waco in Hillsboro ($15/night 7h night free); again no pool or such amenities other than a clubhouse and WiFi
But if you want inexpensive Texas sites there are numerous small parks in the Rio Grande Valley where monthly rates are as low as 12-14 per night on extended (1 Month or more) stay... certainly nothing like the $30 plus in Florida. And they have lots of vacancies. If you want full amenities you are looking at $5-600 per month...still less than Florida.
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