Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) National Grasslands

It turns out that using Apple Maps on the iPhone isn’t the best way to find The Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) National Grasslands, located outside Decatur Texas.  The mapping app directed us through a labyrinth of county roads, state highways, FM roads and Forest Service roads.  We found ourselves backtracking when confronted with locked gates and dead-ends.  What would have been an hour drive had we used the Forest Service directions to TADRA Point, turned into an hour and a half to find a campground which wasn’t the one we were looking for first.  Oops!

Black Creek Lake Recreation Area Pay Station
Black Creek Lake Recreation Area Pay Station

The Black Creek Lake Recreation Area, once we stumbled on it, was a small comfortable campground with no hookups, no potable water.

Black Creek Lake Vault Toilets
Black Creek Lake Vault Toilets

There are vault toilets, the modern equivalent to an outhouse.

Black Creek Lake Boat Ramp

Black Creek Lake Boat Ramp

There is a boat ramp.  The 30 acre lake is smallish and not someplace to expect great water skiing.  There was a man fishing from the shore.

Black Creek Lake Campsite Area
Black Creek Lake Campsite Area

Smallish campsites area spread around between the dirt/gravel road and the lake.  Many of the campsites are walk-in.  There weren’t any hiking trails in this section.

Black Creek Lake Campsite
Black Creek Lake Campsite

A few campsites, found up on the road, might be able to accommodate a small RV but leveling could be a chore.  Not sure RV camping here makes all that much sense.   No reservations.  Only seven total campsites in the park but only two of them next to the road.

TADRA Point Pay Station
TADRA Point Pay Station

The camping area we were looking for first, TADRA Point, does have room for larger RVs.  Some campsites are more level than others.  They seemed to be fairly level side to side but not so much front to back.  We could easily level our truck camper in this campground.

TADRA Point Vault Toilet
TADRA Point Vault Toilet

A few vault toilets are available in the campground.

TADRA Point Water Spigot
TADRA Point Water Spigot

A new spigot has been installed next to one of the vault toilets.  The National Forest website says there is no water available in the campground.  It is possible this is a potable water spigot as there is a non-potable water source close by.

TADRE Point Non-Potable Water Source
TADRE Point Non-Potable Water Source

The above windmill and tank are an example of a non-potable water supply.

TADRE Point Campsite With Horse Trailer
TADRE Point Campsite With Horse Trailer

The only rigs in the campsites were good sized horse trailers with forward living spaces like the one shown above.  This shouldn’t be surprising as this part of Texas has a rich horse culture.  The National Grassland is also a great place to ride and TADRE Point is the main trailhead for 75 miles of horse/hike/bike trails through the LBJ National Grassland.

If we were into horses like the people camping in this park, we would probably visit every year.  Not being horse people, I don’t see us camping here in the future.

Hope to see you on the road ahead!

 

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