Archive | December 2014

Lake Arrowhead State Park, Wichita Falls Texas

Lake Arrowhead campground

A panorama of 4 images of the campground circle where we camped – we were the only campers there for awhile!

Lake Arrowhead is about 20 minutes outside of Wichita Falls Texas (my hometown), and a great place for boating and fishing. The area is in the middle of a years long drought right now though, and the lake is sadly very low, too low to dock a boat, so if you’re goal is simply a quiet campsite with no crowds, this is a good time to go. There is a boat dock in the park, but it’s currently closed. There’s also a public beach for picnics and swimming, and a fishing pier. The park has a tackle loaner program where you can borrow stuff you need to go fishing, and no license is required to fish in any Texas state park.

Prairie Dog Hole in Campsite

Prairie Dog hole is almost as tall as the bench on the picnic table!

The campground is nice, there are lots of prairie dogs throughout the park, and lots of holes in the sites so be aware of where you walk! It’s fun to watch them. There’s also a prairie dog town in the park, but I guess some of them decided to move out of town into the campsites. I don’t blame them! The sites are located on different circles and areas based on if you’re tent or RV camping and if you need water, electricity, etc. There are no sewer connections but there is a dump station and 30 & 50 amp power is available. The site we had, #37, was very level, we didn’t need much leveling at all so setup was a breeze. We also had a pull-through site, but not all are pull-thrus. We had a large site that included a picnic table under a shelter and a fire ring. Getting in/out with the rig and toad was easy. A 20-minute drive to town to visit the folks makes this a great place for us, and cheaper than a hotel in town. There are bathrooms and showers available, but we didn’t use them. The camp host is an Airman stationed at nearby Sheppard AFB. He said he’ll be there for about 2 years, and works his park duties around his military duties. He’s very friendly and does a good job keeping the campgrounds orderly, trash emptied, etc. He appeared and welcomed us to the park within minutes of our arrival.

The sites are surrounded with mesquite trees and another type with red berries (not sure what they are). The only downer in the sites is the ground is covered with burs – not as bad as stickers – but they will stick to your feet and pet fur, and get all over your rig. We were constantly taking shoes off and on as we went in/out to keep the carpet clean, even with a large 13” outdoor rug.

Our Campsite

Figures, we arrive in the middle of a drought and bring lots of rain with us. This is our campsite in the deserted campground.

As a astrophotographer, I’m always interested in the night sky. While Wichita Falls does put out a lot of light, you can still see the stars from your campsite. If you point your camera away from town and above the horizon, you’ll get a decent shot of the night sky.

Pleiades over Lake Arrowhead

Not a bad night sky shot, facing away from town and above the horizon! The little constellation is Pleiades

  • $20.00 a night, cheaper than a hotel
  • 20-minutes from town
  • large campsites
  • prairie dogs entertain you!
  • Covered picnic tables
  • Fire rings
  • Level sites
  • Paved pad
  • Free dump station

CONS:

  • Water level is very low
  • Burrs all over the ground
  • No sewer connection
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