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Lake Livingston and Onalaska, Texas

As surprising as some destinations and some pit stops along the way can be, sometimes you’re still surprised when you read more about a place after you’ve visited.  Take our visit to Lake Livingston for example.

The view from our camp site at the KOA Lake LIvingston

The view from our camp site at the KOA Lake LIvingston

I learned that this gorgeous lake, which I found really quite beautiful, was actually constructed by the Houston municipal government!  And the city of Houston is an hour from here!  Also, that Onalaska actually originated in 1840 and that its population once dipped to about eight until Lake Livingston was manufactured by Houston city.

Not quite a Gulf of Mexico sunset from St Pete Beach but it was very nice seeing the sun set over Lake LIvingston, Texas from our campsite at the KOA.

Not quite a Gulf of Mexico sunset from St Pete Beach but it was very nice seeing the sun set over Lake LIvingston, Texas from our campsite at the KOA.

Well we really just wanted a nice spot to spend some time camping and we certainly found it at the KOA Lake Livingston.  Our site was directly on the lake and the best part of all?  There is a bar and restaurant attached to the KOA Campground office right on the water.

The KOA campground on Lake Livingston is popular and has an onsite restaurant and bar.

The KOA campground on Lake Livingston is popular and has an onsite restaurant and bar.

There are several campgrounds in the area and we opted for the KOA.  There’s a pool and fishing nearby and the restaurant was really quite nice to have as a convenience.  We met another couple and chatted over drinks at the bar.  There was an ice cream social that we didn’t go to but was held in a pavilion overlooking the water.  The camp store was nice and the people were very friendly.

Our bar tender at Buster McNutty's on Lake Livingston was entertaining and told us about the local area of Onalaska, Texas.

Our bar tender at Buster McNutty’s on Lake Livingston was entertaining and told us about the local area of Onalaska, Texas.

For anyone who doesn’t have an RV, there are cabins at the campground that you can also rent.  It makes for a peaceful escape from just about anywhere and we really enjoyed our overnight visit here though you could easily spend a lot more time here.

Our rented RV from Cruise America sat on a nice concrete pad with water views of Lake Livingston at the KOA in Onalaska, Texas.

Our rented RV from Cruise America sat on a nice concrete pad with water views of Lake Livingston at the KOA in Onalaska, Texas.

Have a great time exploring.  Take time to slow down and discover some beauty.  We explore more small town East Texas towns next as we continue on our 17 day RV road trip.

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