The Lake Brownwood State Park may as well have a no vacancy sign posted, considering its 87 camping locations are booked through spring break.
Lake Brownwood State Park Superintendent John Holland said staying overnight may not be an option for many campers coming to the park for spring break with campsites completely booked through next week as Brownwood ISD, Early ISD, and hundreds of school districts and colleges begin spring break.
“We’re basically full with reservations coming in from [Friday] night through next weekend,” Holland said. “Spring break is here. It will slow down once schools get back in session, but we’ll remain fairly busy on the weekends until next winter.”
Holland said the state park went to a designated campsite policy in order to maintain safety throughout the park, unobstructed park scenery and all visitors are accessible to park rangers in the event of an emergency.
“It’s better for the experience because you’re not going to have problems and nobody knows where you’re at,” Holland said. “We will be able to get to your campsite because you don’t have to walk too far to get to it. That is our set up. All of our campsites are designated so there are a set number of places where people can camp and a limited number of people who can camp in those spaces.”
Holland said some reservations could go unclaimed and anyone considering visiting the park should call park rangers, although he said a reserved site suddenly becoming available is unlikely. He added park employees work year-round to maintain the grounds and facilities but, due to the additional foot traffic the park will experience this week, workers spent the last few weeks reading over safety inspections to insure each camper has a quality experience.
“We’ve reviewed our safety inspections of facility to see if there is anything that might cause someone a problem,” Holland said. “We’re trying to see if there is a bad board, a loose nail, something that somebody can get hurt. We tried to get those things repaired. We did some tree trimming to try and get the limbs up so people with big campers and RVs are able to get through the park.”
With many counties currently in a burn ban, Holland said that is not the case at Lake Brownwood thanks to recent rains so campers are free to have a fire at their campsite in designated areas. The lake levels are down 3 feet from 2017, but all docks, piers and boat ramps will remain open.
“It’s by no means severe at this level,” Holland said. “You can tell the lake is down, but for the park and our facilities it is at a very useable level. There are not any issues or areas closed. There may be a few spots where you have to walk a little further to get to the water’s edge, but I’m not talking about long hikes. It’s not impacting our swimming area locations, boat ramps and certainly not our impacting our fishing or fishing piers.”
With the National Weather Service predicting sunny skies throughout spring break, Holland said campers will need to remember to bring warm clothes with temperatures dipping into the 30s and 40s Tuesday and Wednesday night.
“We’re still going to get some cooler weather this week, but nothing severe,” Holland said. “It’s looking to be in the low 60s for highs and lows in the 30s on some days. I don’t see freezing predicting, but it might be weather where someone might enjoy a campfire.”