Lake Brownwood State Park

Friday, November 8 through Monday, November 11, 2002

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Lake Brownwood State Park is outside of Brownwood, TX.   All kinds of information is available on the Parks Department web site including a map of the park. 

There are a couple of web sites on the area.  There is a Lake Brownwood town north of Brownwood.   Their web site has fishing reports.  The map below is from a link on their site.  The Brownwood Chamber of Commerce and Brownwood town web sites over use music.   Brownwood's site even goes so far as to use the them song from the movie "Twister."   I would know, I watch "Twister" at least 4 or 5 times a year.  In any case, there are a bunch of sites that reference "Lake Brownwood."  Do a search on Google.

Brownwood is fairly big.  You can't just drive around until you find something.   It is too big for that.  Lake Brownwood on the other hand is just a slow spot in the road.

I used AAA Texas TripTik to generate driving directions from San Antonio.   Other important points of interest...

There is a Wal-Mart  Supercenter at 401 W Commerce in Brownwood.  Directions are below.  We bought groceries here Friday afternoon.  I don't know that I've been in a larger Wal-Mart.  There was construction going on at the corner of 67 and 377.  This is not a good place to be during rush hour.   On our way to the campground, we went through this intersection.  Fortunately, it was around 2:00 PM in the afternoon.   It still took three lights to get through.

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Across from the Wal-Mart is Underwood's Cafeteria.  This is one of the best barbecue places in Texas.  We did take out.  Super good.  This is one of the best barbecue places I've been to.

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The park rangers were polite as usual.  Check in was quick.   They assigned us a pretty good spot.  One thing to remember, the park is some distance from town.  It takes about 25 minutes to drive from Brownwood to the park.

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We ended up in spot number 89.   It took us a while to work out the parking in this spot.  This was the first time I have backed the trailer into a parking space.  That part took a bit of back and forth.  Another opportunity was the width of the spot.    If you look on the right hand side of the picture below, you will see a post and the electric and water pole.  On the left hand side is a picnic table.  I didn't initially realize that the trailer could be backed up far enough for the slide out to clear the poles.  I backed the trailer past the cement curb at the end of the space.  Interestingly enough, the trailer tires and axles were wider than the cement curb.  I actually backed the trailer tires beyond the curb.   That gave me the necessary clearance for the slide out.

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In the lower right hand side of the picture is our camp.

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Anther view of our parking space.

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And yet another view of our parking spot.

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Here is the view from the roof of the trailer.

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Up the hill from our site.

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Down hill from our site is the restroom and showers.

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Here is the camp setup.  Not as well organized as Stephen F. Austin State Park.  The picnic table at the left can't be moved and it is in a bad place.   Under the green carpet on the right side is some sort of sunken concrete box with a metal access door.

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On the right is a pavilion with a real fire place in it.  Very nice.

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Linda and Blondie (above and below).

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We took a walk along the nature trail.  The trail wasn't well marked.  We found ourselves looking for the road at some point.  The trail just petered out.

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Even though the trail had its issues, it sure was fun.

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Linda and Blondie look back to see what Larry and Dagwood are doing.

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Yes, Larry and Dagwood are slow pokes.

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Prickly pear cactus abounds.  This is not the season for blooming.   Unfortunately.

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I rode my bike over to the Oak Lodge.  This was all built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).  There is an observation platform built into the structure.

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The observation platform is to the right of the great room.  You can see the steps winding their way around the side.

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Looking straight back from the Oak Lodge observation platform you can see the lake in the background.  They have a very large nice patio off the back of the structure.

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An eighth of a turn to the left.

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An eighth of a turn to the left.

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Looking straight back from the observation platform, take a eighth of a turn to the right.

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Turn right another eighth of a turn.

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Turn right another eighth of a turn.

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On the right hand side of the Oak Lodge is a pavilion.  The pavilion overlooks the lake and stairs built down to the lake.

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Looking down the hill from the top of the stairs.

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Turning around and looking back up the hill toward the pavilion.

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The water's edge.  I think there used to be a dock here.  There are fixtures for lights on either side.  The right hand side one is still standing.

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Looking back up the hill from further down.

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Looking out at the water from the bottom of the stairs.  This is living.

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I brought my bike along for the ride.  These are definitely CCC built!   Fantastic.  No maintenance and it is still functional after 70 years.

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Viewing from the other side.

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Same stuff.  Slightly different camera settings.  I really like the fall colors this time of year.

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I went back up the hill to the Oak Lodge.  This picture was taken from the back of the building looking toward the front.

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The Oak Lodge is set on a flat spot.  Walking around the top of the hill and looking west toward the boat ramps and the park store.

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Similar view as above.  Fall foliage.

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Like above.

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The CCC built these kind of little "living rooms."  I was sitting on a stone couch while taking this picture.  To my right is a great and serene view of the lake.

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Here is the view from the "couch" which was on my left in the above picture.

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There is a trail that runs off and on again along the edge of the lake.

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This is the Beach Lodge.  Rather nice building at the lake's edge below the Oak Lodge on the hill.  In fact, I rode my mountain bike down the hill into the back yard of the Beach Lodge.  The Beach Lodge faces the boat ramps and the park store.  (They rent jet skis here.)

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On the water side of the Park Store are two docks (far right and far left) with a bridge or causeway to the Group Camp area.

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Here is the right hand side dock.  I really wanted to run off with their little aluminum boat.

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Here is a fella coming in to load his boat up on his trailer.  Nice rig.

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Finally!  this is the water side of the Park Store.  This must be off-season.  They are very closed and look like they don't intend to open until next summer.

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Long shot across the little bay toward Group Camp.  The folks on the right are using a metal detector.

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I bumped into these folks and their dog over by the Oak Lodge.   Their dog is nice.  He was soaking wet.  As the people said, "he sure likes the water."

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Peeking around from the left side of the Park Store.  The left hand side dock.  You can see the bridge in the background.  Great reflection pool.

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There is a little look-out hill overlooking the Park Store on one side and the Beach Lodge on the other.  The guy in the boat we saw before got his boat on the trailer pretty quickly. 

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By the way, the fella has pretty good taste in trucks.

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From the little foot bridge, looking back at the Park Store.

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The little boat I wanted to "borrow."  This would be the right hand dock.

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This would be looking back toward the Park Store from the Volleyball Court area.

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Here are some folks out walking with their baby.

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This is the camping area that has everything except sewer hookups.   It is right along the lake's edge.

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Another view of the camping area.  This time looking toward the lake.

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Here is someone enjoying the quiet solitude of the lake.

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From the camping area looking toward the fishing dock.  Texas blue sky day where the sky and roads go on forever.

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The fishing dock and a boat.

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The same fella enjoying the solitude of the lake.

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Nice ride.  Someday.

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I nice day to be out bopping around on a boat.

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Fishing dock.  They have it set up so you can fish at night.   There is a nice little fish cleaning station in the foreground on the right.

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From the dock looking back at the camping area.

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Back at the camping area.  The little run-about.

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There is a trail leading from the fishing dock up to the Council Bluff camping area where we are camping.  Great views.

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Down in that little teeny hole is the parking lot for the fishing dock.

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I'm working my way around the crown of the hill.

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Nice fall colors.

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More of the same.  It really is nice when you have an electronic camera that doesn't cost you money for film or batteries.

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My bike actually works along the trail.  I guess that is why we call them mountain bikes.

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Here I am on the trail with my trusty dogs.

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Same picture.

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Here I am again.

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Same picture.

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Who is walking who.  The dogs know the way.

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Were are moving into our campground.  You can just begin to see the other campers.

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Here is our trailer from the trailhead.

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Here is the restrooms and showers by our trailer.

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From our trailer looking toward the lake.

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