Monarch butterflies, along with countless other migratory animals, make a point to visit Lake Livingston on their annual trip down to Mexico for the winter. Lake-view properties are always in touch with such seasonal changes and adventures taking place all around. But if you are interested in a change in scenery, migrate 70 miles to NASA’s Johnson’s Space Station, in Houston, or simply head to nearby Huntsville for a taste of Japan at Tokyo Sushi Bar. You don’t have to go far to find all you need at Lake Livingston.
The Lake Livingston Recreational area is an approximately 90,000 surface acre reservoir on the Trinity River, spreading into three main counties, Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity. The Lake is operated by Trinity River Authority and the city of Houston, stretching 52 miles long and has a timbered shoreline of 450 miles devoted mainly to recreation.
A host of lakeside parks, Wolf Creek Park and Tigerville Park are owned by TRA; camps and marinas offer complete range of services for camping, boating, and fishing, including Lake Livingston State Park.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are they permitted? Yes
Can you swim in the lake? Yes
Average water level variance? 1 ft.
Are they permitted? Yes. Trinity River Authority gives the permits.
Are they permitted? Yes
Depth of Lake:
2-100 ft or more
9 miles from Livingston on Hwy 190 and 30 miles form Huntsville
Huntsville 12 miles. Bush International (Houston) 60 miles.
Different subdivisions have different rules
Second largest lake in Texas
Lake Livingston is a notable white bass fishery. White bass are plentiful and grow to large sizes. Also notable is the catfish fishery, dominated by blue catfish. Largemouth bass, striped bass, and crappie are less abundant but good catches are possible in areas of the reservoir where habitat is available.
Statewide regulations apply to all fishes with the exception of blue and channel catfish. For portions of the lake in Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity and Walker counties, the bag limit for blue and channel catfish is 50 per day.
Some native emergent vegetation can be found in the upper areas of the reservoir. Very little cover exists in the lower reservoir due to vertical bulkhead.
Tips & Tactics
White bass are most readily caught in early spring in the many creeks that feed into Lake Livingston. Striped bass can be caught around the 190 bridge area by trolling and vertical jigging spoons or live shad. Largemouth bass are most frequently caught in the bays and creeks from the Kickapoo/Penwaugh area northward. Spring and fall are the most successful seasons for largemouths. Channel and blue catfish can be caught most any time of year on a variety of organic and live baits over the main river channel and in off channel tributaries and creeks.
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Nearby attractions include Martin Dies, Jr. State Park and Huntsville State Park; Trinity River Authority-operated Wolf Creek and Tigerville Parks; hundreds of privately-owned parks and marinas; Big Thicket National Preserve (Big Sandy Creek and Menard Creek) near Woodville, 30 miles away;
Sam Houston National Forest near Coldspring, 30 miles away; the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation, where "Beyond the Sundown" outdoor drama shows during the summer months, and the Big Pow-Wow is held during the first weekend of June; and the Lake Livingston Dam with fishing right below the dam at Southland Park, a county park.
The City of Livingston, 10 miles away, offers ball fields; a bowling alley; a 18-hole golf course; lighted tennis courts; city parks; a municipal airport; and Polk County Library and Museum. Astrodome, AstroWorld, NASA Space center Houston, and many more attractions.
In Houston, 70 miles away, and two 18-hole golf courses within 30 minutes. Special annual events include the Annual Crappiethon (mid-February through mid-April); Easter Festival and Bazaar (Memorial Day weekend); the Texas Youth Rodeo "Texas' Largest" (first week in July); Pine Cone Festival (first full-weekend in October); and Christmas Candle Light Tour of Homes (first Saturday in December).