Double Lake Recreation Area: (936) 344-6205

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
Mountain bike sign at Double Lake on the Sam Houston National Forest.

Double Lake Recreation Area was built in 1937 by the Civilian Conservation Corps and offers camping, fishing, swimming, picnicking, hiking or just getting back in touch with nature.

Campsites, a shelter for groups up to 100, and a lodge for group events are available by reservation through the National Recreation Reservations Service (NRRS).

A 21-mile mountain bike trail meanders around the lake which is stocked with bass, bream and catfish.  For hikers, a 5-mile hike (one way) on the Lone Star Hiking Trail provides an opportunity to experience the Big Creek Scenic Area.

Families picnicking at Double Lake Recreation Area on the Sam Houston National Forest.

At a Glance

Reservations: Reservations are required by contacting the National Recreation Reservations Service (NRRS) at 877-444-6777 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. seven days a week. Reservations may also be made on the Internet at
Rentals & Guides: Boat and canoe rental available seasonally.
Area Amenities: Accessible, Tent camping, Camping trailer, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Fees: Day Use Fee - $7 per vehicle, per day.

Camping - All fees may be found at
Closest Towns: Coldspring, Texas; Cleveland, Texas
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush toilets with showers
Operated By: Concessionaire

General Information


From Hwy. 59 in Cleveland, take FM 2025 north 17 mi., turn right at Double Lake.

From I-45, exit at New Waverly, take SH 150 east 25 mi., take FM 2025 S 1/2 mi., turn left at Double Lake.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

A 21-mile mountain bike trail meanders around the lake.

See attached map.

Campground Camping

RV Camping

No. of Sites 65
Pavement Type for Parking Asphalt
Reservation Info
Hookup - Water Yes
Hookup - Sewer Yes
Dump Stations No
Hookups - Electric 50 amp

Group Camping

Lake and Pond Fishing

Day Hiking


Group Picnicking

Boating - Non-Motorized

Electric motors permitted.



Camping trailer: Contact district office for parking spur size
Picnic tables:
Tent camping: Tent pads provided
Toilets: Flush
Accessible: 37 accessible campsites
Drinking water: Drinking water is available within a short distance of each camping site

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