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Campsite Review: Johnson Creek COE Campground, Texas

Updated: Aug 26, 2021

JOHNSON CREEK COE Campground & Recreation Area

Part of Lake O' The Pines | Near Jefferson in Northwest Texas

Fees vary depending on season, see website for more details

Our cost for 50 amp RV & water was $28.00 per day

The America the Beautiful Annual National Parks can be used to wave day use fees at Army Core of Engineer parks. Unfortunately the pass cannot be used for any camping discounts at ACOE parks but the Senior pass will cut the site cost is half, making the fee for a 50 amp RV & water $14 per day.

Hands down, this was a wonderful place to stay!

The only cons for us at this park were:

  • It doesn't have any hiking trails

  • The spaces were a little close together

  • The dump station wasn't great with only a single station

This park really does have so many positives:

  • It does have lots of paved paths to walk leading between campsites and beach areas

  • There is a designated swimming beach with nice sand and complimentary life jackets

  • The park contains are a few great rocky beach areas

  • There is a kids playground area between a camping area and the beach area

  • Although we were not staying in a tent, the tent campsites seemed very well maintained

  • The tent campsites on the water were epic

  • This area really is a boating and fishing paradise, it has two separate boat launches

  • One boat launch contains a floating dock

  • Boats can stay in the water parked near their campsites.

  • If you don't have your own boat there is a nice fishing pier and spots to fish from the shore

  • You can catch some amazing sunsets over the water

Details from


Johnson Creek Campground is situated along the banks of Lake O' the Pines in the in the Ark-La-Tex portion of the Pineywoods of east Texas near the states of Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.


Johnson Creek features 63 RV campsites with water and electric hookups. There are also 22 tent campsites, 10 of these sites have electricity available. A group camping area is also available which features a covered picnic shelter with restrooms and showers and 12 RV campsites with water and electric hookups. Restrooms with showers are located in each section of the park. Trash receptacles are located throuhout the park. A boat ramp, playground, swimming beach, and sewer dump station are also provided.

Natural Features

Lake O' the Pines includes about 18,700 acres of water and 9,000 acres of land, encompassing an area so large it spans five counties. The lake was created by the construction of the Ferrell's Bridge Dam on the Big Cypress Bayou. The reservoir was originally created as part of the overall plan for flood control in the Red River Basin below Denison Dam in Oklahoma, and has now become a recreational oasis for outdoor enthusiasts.


Boating, fishing, water sports, and wildlife viewing are all popular pastimes at the campground. Hunting opportunities for white-tailed deer, waterfowl, and small game are available on nearby public lands. Lake O' the Pines fishing includes largemouth, spotted, and white bass along with crappie, catfish, and sunfish. In addition to boat fishing there are areas for bank fishing along the shore and below the dam along Big Cypress Bayou. Birdwatchers are also encouraged to bring their binoculars as numerous resident and migratory bird species inhabit the area. Bald eagle sightings are a common occurrence in fall and winter and they are occasionally sighted in spring and summer.

Check out our video featuring Johnson Creek Campground

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