Campsite Review: Johnson Creek COE Campground, Texas
Updated: Aug 27, 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 www.recreation.gov
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.
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.