Pack 55 - Fall Campout
Lake Somerville State Park
Birch Creek Unit
November 9-11, 2012
Approximately 90 miles from Houston.
1. Take U.S. Hwy 290 to Brenham (taking the HOV lane will save lots of time on Friday).
2. Go around Brenham on Hwy 290/Hwy 36. On the west side of Brenham, do NOT take the 290 exit for Austin.
Instead, note your mileage and continue north on Hwy 36 through Somerville to Lyons.
3. Shortly after passing through the center of Lyons, turn left on Hwy 60.
This is 18 miles beyond the 290/Austin exit.
4. Stay on Hwy 60 for approximately 8 miles.
5. Turn left on Park Road 57, and continue for 4 miles to the park entrance.
Driving map (in PDF): click to download
Map of the campsite (in PDF): click to download
Please check-in at the ranger station upon arrival. You are required to pay a small fee and get a windshield sticker for your vehicle. Sites have been pre-assigned by den. Ask for your assigned site at the ranger station by giving your den number.
All sites have water and electricity. Please observe the rules on where you can park your car. You may need to unload your gear, and then move your car to a parking area.
Activities at the park:
Fishing, nature hikes and biking.
History of the park:
There are four separate park units at Lake Somerville. The Birch Creek Unit covers 2,365 acres in Burleson County on the north shore of the lake.
The Somerville Reservoir was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Work was started in June 1962, and deliberate impoundment of water was begun in January of 1967. The dam is located on Yegua Creek, 20 miles upstream from its confluence with the Brazos River, and about two miles south of Somerville. Its main purposes are flood control, municipal water supply, and recreation. The state park complex was leased from the Federal Government in 1969 and opened in 1970.
Click HERE for the Lake Somerville State Park website which has additional information about the park, facilities and activities.