Lake Mackenzie Park
County Parkwrite a review Highway 207
Silverton, TX 79257
GPS: 34.55, -101.437
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23 Fleetwood Mallard 23D
1993 Ford F250
“Something only your mother could love”
Reviewed Oct 27, 2018
We're staying at the city park in Silverton, and since this is only a dozen miles outside of town or so, we thought we'd go check it out and write up a review for Campendium for it, since no one else had written a review yet.
It's hard to say how I feel about this park, to be honest. First off, there's a fee to get into it that you have to pay down at the tackle shop, which for a county park was kind of squiffy to me...? But that might just be me. My other problem with it was that when we went to the tackle shop to ask the employee for information, he was rattling off prices like there was no tomorrow ($X for day use; $Y to launch a boat; $Z to dry camp; $A to camp with full hook-ups; $B per person; $M for a yearly fee for a person; $Q for a yearly fee for a family...the list just. wouldn't. stop).
I finally asked, "Do you have a price list that we can take with us?" and he gave us a blank look. "Uhhhhh..."
Nope. Such a thing did not exist, despite having a very byzantine fee structure. ???
We told the gentleman that we were just looking around, so he didn't make us pay an entrance fee into the park, which I appreciated. However, it meant that we didn't dare slow down much as we drove around, because we kept worrying that we were going to get into trouble for not having a day pass in our truck window, lol, so the whole thing was more than a little stressful to me.
The roads are crap. Like, total crap, yo. I don't know if they're always that rutted and beat to heck and back, but they were so deeply rutted in places, I was a little worried we were going to have to put our truck into 4WD to drive around (without a trailer!) on dry-as-a-bone roads. INSIDE OF AN RV PARK. Not impressed.
The first place you get to when you go into the park is the first boat launch (apparently there are two, according to the map on the wall, but we only saw the one). We wandered around there, and even though it was pretty, it is meant 100% for fishermen in boats or people on watercraft (like skis, skidoos, etc). There are signs saying not to fish off the dock and there's not a lot of easy access to shoreline that isn't the dock. There are also signs saying not to swim. There are no picnic tables here; no bathrooms of any kind; it's just parking for trucks pulling trailers, and a place to put a boat in.
Past that, the paving of the road disappears and things start getting hairy. Drive for a bit and you'll find a bait tackle shop on your right; on your left, there's a bathroom and a dump station-ishy. I personally would not want to dump here – it's on the side of a hill and the water is across from the dump spot...whoever designed it obviously doesn't RV themselves. It does appear to be free, or at least there were no signs about how much it cost to dump.
Drive down the rutted road between the tackle shop and the bathrooms, and that's where you'll find picnic tables scattered everywhere. Keep going, and you'll find a big Rotary park with playground equipment. Past that (you're about halfway around the lake now), and you'll finally get to the RV campground area. There is no shade; a lot of the RVs parked there look like they've been there for a long time. ?? I kinda think that they just permanently park their RVs there. One even had a deck (not kidding!) Lots of the RVs had shade cloth up; lights strung around them; yard art out and about. I've seen a lot of RV parks by this point, and this just wasn't your standard RV park with daily and weekly renters in it, period.
The RV campground is far away from the lake; combine that with the complete lack of greenery of any kind – not a good shade tree to be found – and the fact that there is absolutely no service of any cell service on any provider means that if you're trying to find a place to work while on the road, this isn't for you.
Overall, I'm sure that locals probably enjoy this area but there's no reason to drive out of your way to go there unless you have a big bass boat and want to take it out on the water.
This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com
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- 30 Amp
- 20 Amp
- dry camping
- Partial Hookups
- boat ramp
- water access
- dump station
- general store
- restrooms: flush
- water available
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