Camping, Fishing and Boating Await
Although it is only an hour’s drive from Houston, Lake Livingston feels as if it’s a world away from the nation’s fourth-largest city. Covering 90,000 acres nestled among towering trees, Livingston is far enough away to give families a true outdoor experience, yet close enough to allow them to take in Houston’s modern attractions and museums.
Fishing is a popular activity on Lake Livingston.
Primary species: Anglers who fish here find their best luck with catfish and white bass. Largemouth bass are present in good numbers as well.
Family fishing tip: Crappie are often found near structure in deep water. Submerged brush piles and bridge or dock pilings are good examples. When found, crappie are easily tempted by live minnows or small jigs suspended beneath a bobber.
Public access: Lake Livingston State Park offers a number of boat ramps and fishing piers, as well as bank fishing opportunities. Marinas on the lake offer boat launch facilities, rental boats, fishing piers and fish-cleaning stations.
Other outdoor activities: Boating, waterskiing and sailing are popular water sports. Hiking, horseback riding and birding are popular land-based outdoor activities.
What’s nearby: Lake Livingston State Park offers boating, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, birding, camping and equestrian activities. The Big Thicket National Preserve is about 30 miles away. The Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation is nearby as well. Back in Houston, visitors can visit NASA and numerous museums.
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