Address: 11720 Thousand Trails Rd., Willis, TX 77318
Phone: (936) 856-7888
# of sites: 360
Full hookup price: From $55/day
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Warnings: Hot summer months
Lake Conroe is a large Texas lake that lies on the West Fork of the San Jacinto River, just west of Interstate 45 in Montgomery and Walker counties. The lake is a popular attraction for boating, jet-skiing, and fishing. We have stayed in the Lake Conroe RV and Camping Resort twice.
Lake Conroe is about 50 miles from downtown Houston and 100 miles from Galveston and the Gulf of Mexico.
This section of the country is very mild during winter and is a good alternative to Florida or Arizona for snowbirds. Though it is often in the mid-90's during summer months and rains, on average, six days every month all year long, I think you'll find the climate very agreeable most of the year.
Being in proximity to the Houston metro area gives access to all the shopping and restaurants you might be longing for, and the Gulf of Mexico is a couple hours away via Interstate 45. We really enjoy visiting Galveston and sightseeing on the Texas coast.
The Lake Conroe RV Resort is one of the Thousand Trails parks that is expansive, giving sites plenty of room, which we always appreciate, and most have full hook-ups. There was easily 30 feet or more between RV's in the sections we have stayed in. Most sites in the resort has 50 amp power and a few camping loops have only 30 amp. There is an extra charge for the higher power. Although there are a great deal of trees around the sites, there is ample access to sky for star gazing and satellite dish setup.
In addition to all of the normal amenities, the park has an extremely nice boat launch, with parking, boat docks and even boat rentals in their private marina. This makes using the lake for fishing and water sports as convenient as possible.
The Lake Conroe RV Resort is dog friendly, allowing pens and fences, and they have a small-ish off-leash dog park in a central location. A larger dog run would be desirable.
This part of Texas receives a lot of rain, as I had mentioned, which can put a damper on outdoor activities, especially on a shorter stay. You need to be flexible or fortunate to have the sunshine and warmth to accompany an outing.
Although this is a massive resort, it can still fill up during peak seasons and holidays, meaning you should put in your reservations as far in advance as possible and be prepared to put up with loud family activity into the night. For example, we were restricted to a day shorter stay than we requested on our last reservation and a neighbor couple wanted to extend their stay a few days and were turned down.
There is a downside in being so close to the fourth largest city in the country -- traffic. City traffic begins just about seven miles from the park and can be a clogged-up mess during rush hours, even that far from Houston. The highways and business routes just haven't kept up with the population growth, it seems.
Being so large a park means that walking to an amenity of the lake can be cumbersome and we ended up driving to them instead. This is a minor complaint, but long-term or seasonal residents are scattered around the camping loops, so us interlopers can receive attitude if we are staying nearby some of them, and they seem to congregate on the weekends late into the night.
Scenes from Galveston, TX
All-in-all, we rate this park 4 out of 5 stars, and Lake Conroe RV and Camping Resort is one of our go-to parks when we are in this part of the country. We highly recommend it to snowbirds, outdoors enthusiasts and RV'ers with families.
Jack Huber is a novelist with 7 mysteries published, along with several books of poetry and photography. Now retired, he and his wife, Nadyne, are free to travel the country in their 32' 5th wheel and 1-ton Ford pickup.