Lake Somerville State Park RV & Campground Guide


Established in 1970 after the construction of a dam 2 miles south of Somerville, Texas, this state park is home to four different sections. The Birch Creek Unit is on the north side of Lake Somerville while the Nails Creek Unit sits near Ledbetter, Texas, on the southwest side of the lake. Both units offer boating, fishing and swimming. The third unit consists of the 13-mile Lake Somerville Trailway connecting the two main parts of the park. The final section is the Somerville Wildlife Management Area, located in Burleson and Lee north of the Yegua Creek. This park is about 100 miles northeast of Houston and offers an amazing variety of wildlife to see because of its bogs, marshes and duck ponds. 

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Spring 56-76 F
Summer 73-94 F
Fall 58-81 F
Winter 42-65 F
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Nearby Cities
Somerville, Texas
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Lake Somerville State Park

You will not want to miss a moment of the fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing and hunting at this state park, so be sure to bring your RV to camp nearby. If you do not have an RV, rent one on RVshare.com to stay close to all the action. 

Lake Somerville Campground

A variety of camping choices are available at Lake Somerville Campground, including an equestrian campground, primitive camping and sites with hookups. Rates start at $12 per night with weekly rates available from December to February. 

• Water hookup: Yes 

• Electrical hookup: Yes 

• Sewer hookup: Yes 

• Wi-Fi: No 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Group hall, restroom with showers, picnic tables

Artesian Park RV Campground

Hike along the walking trail, play with your dog in the pet area or do laundry at the laundry facility at Artesian Park RV Campground. Volleyball, pingpong, basketball, croquet and horseshoes are a few of the recreational activities available at this campground that has a fishing pier. 

• Water hookup: Yes 

• Electrical hookup: Yes 

• Sewer hookup: Yes 

• Wi-Fi: Yes 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Recreation hall, walking trail, fishing pier 

Round Top RV Park

Since 1989, campers have been enjoying festivities held at Round Top RV Park, including fall and spring antique fairs, wine festivals and winter celebrations. Nightly rates start at $60 with weekly rates available. 

• Water hookup: Yes 

• Electrical hookup: Yes 

• Sewer hookup: Yes 

• Wi-Fi: No 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Special events 

Bastrop / SE Austin / Colorado River KOA

Play in the pool, fish in the lake or take a scenic walk at Bastrop / SE Austin / Colorado River KOA. Rates start at $35 a night at this campground that offers monthly and long-term stays.

• Water hookup: Yes 

• Electrical hookup: Yes 

• Sewer hookup: Yes 

• Wi-Fi: No 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Planned activities, pool 

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What to Do at
Lake Somerville State Park

Inside Lake Somerville State Park

Many people come to this state park to fish for bass, bluegill and catfish in the 11,456-acre lake. This lake has been known to yield over 13-pound largemouth bass, 24-pound smallmouth bass and 50-pound flathead-channel catfish. There are boat ramps at Nails Creek and Birch Creek, and you can rent canoes at either unit or bring your motorized or non-motorized boat with you. You can hike on over 40 miles of trails, including the Lake Somerville Trailway, where the wildflowers are particularly beautiful during the spring. Many visitors bring their horses or mountain bikes to ride while enjoying the trails. You can also go deer or small-game hunting in parts of this park. 

Outside Lake Somerville State Park

There are many great things to do near Lake Somerville State Park when you are done exploring the park. Burleson and Lee counties are both outstanding hunting destinations. There are many wonderful festivals that you will want to visit, and nearby towns have great places to eat and shop. 


Funky Art Café

Since 2001, diners have been enjoyed meals at this cafe. It's located inside a building that was built in 1916 by the current owner's great-great-great-grandfather as a blacksmith shop. 

Type: American

Location: 202 West Commerce Street, Brenham, TX 77833

Must Be Heaven Sandwich Shoppe

This is the original location of this small chain of sandwich and pie shops. The staff has been serving guests there since 1982. 

Type: American

Location: 107 West Alamo Street, Brenham, TX 77833

Kay's Cuisine for the Soul

Choose to dine in this restaurant or get one of the grab-and-go meals on the way to the lake. 

Type: American

Location: 603 South Market Street, Brenham, TX 77833

Volare Italian Restaurant

Find upscale Italian meals at this restaurant in a beautiful garden setting. 

Type: Italian

Location: 102 South Ross Street, Brenham, TX 77833

Los Cabos Mexican Grill and Steak House

Get your favorite Mexican entrees, like tacos, fajitas and enchiladas, or opt for a juicy steak and get it served with shrimp. 

Type: Mexican

Location: 2800 Highway 36 South, Brenham, TX 77833


Brenham Book Nook

Find new and used books in many different genres at this store that features a large section of Texas history books. 

Location: 212 West Alamo Street, Brenham, TX 77833

The Barnhill House Toys and Books

This toy shop located inside the owner's 1960's farmhouse is packed full of old and new nostalgic toys. 

Location: 606 South Austin Street, Brenham, TX 77833

Today and Yesterday Antiques

Browse a wide variety of antiques, including architectural salvage, plus some locally produced items at this store set in an old opera house. 

Location: 101 West Alamo Street, Brenham, TX 77833

The Ballad of the Bird Dog

The owner's dog inspired this store that sells women's and men's clothing, personal care products and home décor. There is a barbershop in the back. 

Location: 212 West Alamo Street, Brenham, TX 77833

Puppy Dawgs and Cat Tails

You and your leashed pet are invited to come to explore this store where dog and cat treats are sold, and you can find all types of merchandise for pet lovers, including purses, clothing and more. 

Location: 321 South Baylor Street, Brenham, TX 77833


Blue Bell Creameries Visitors Center

See how Blue Bell has been making ice cream since 1907 by touring this factory. Cool down afterward with a free sample of ice cream. 

Location: 1101 South Blue Bell Road, Brenham, TX 77833

Antique Rose Emporium

Soak in the fragrances of antique roses and see over 8 acres of beautiful plants with a stop at this garden in Brenham. 

Location: 10000 FM 50, Brenham, TX 77833

Unity Theatre

Laugh, cry and feel other emotions as you watch community actors bring stories to life at this small community theater. 

Location: 300 Church Street, Brenham, TX 77833

Giddings Stone Mansion

Imagine life after the yellow fever epidemic of 1868 by going on a tour of this 19th-century Greek Revival mansion. It was built for J.D. Giddings, who wanted a safe place for his family to live away from mosquitoes in low-lying areas. 

Location: 2203 Century Circle, Brenham, TX 77833

Toubin Park

Learn how cisterns made Brenham one of the most progressive cities in the United States during the late 1800s, see photos from the city's Wild West days and study how to collect rainwater at this city park. 

Location: 208 South Park Street, Brenham, TX 77833

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How to Get to
Lake Somerville State Park

It is easy to get to this state park from Austin or Houston. You need to decide which part of the state park you want to visit first before you start driving. 

If you want to go to the Birch Creek Unit from Houston, then drive on U.S. Highway 290 West to Brenham. In Brenham, take TX 36 North to go through Somerville. Turn left on Farm to Market Road 60. Go 7 miles and turn left on Park Road 57. 

Getting to the Nails Creek Unit from Houston is easy. Take U.S. Highway 290 West through Brenham until you reach Burton. Exit at Spur 125 and stay on 125 until you reach Farm to Market Road 1697. Turn left and watch for Farm to Market Road 180. Turn right and stay on 180 until you reach the park. 

From Austin, those wanting to get to the Birch Creek Unit should start by taking Texas Highway 71 East to Bastrop. In Bastrop, get on Texas Highway 21 East and go about 45 miles. Turn right on Farm to Market Road 60. Go 11 miles and turn on Park Road 57. 

Those wanting to camp or explore the Nails Creek Unit and who are starting in Austin should take U.S. Highway 290 through Giddings. About 6 miles east of Giddings, turn left on Farm to Market Road 180 and continue until you reach the park. 

Entering Lake Somerville State Park

The park is open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. for day use.

Lake Somerville State Park Per person : $4.0

Under 12 free

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