The Belton Dam on the Leon River in Texas's Brazos River drainage forms Belton Lake, a 12,300-acre impoundment providing diverse recreational opportunities. Those wishing to hunt, fish, boat and otherwise enjoy its waters and shoreline have several camping options, courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which manages the lake. Call (877) 444-6777 or visit recreation.gov to make reservations, which are recommended. "The campgrounds fill up every weekend over the summer season," the Corps of Engineers warns.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Belton/Stillhouse Hollow Lake
3740 FM 1670
Belton, Texas 76513
Cedar Ridge Park
This 68-site developed campground offers water, hook-ups, covered tables, grills, showers and well-established recreational facilities, including boat-ramps, a basketball court and swimming beach. A year-round campground host and eight screen shelters are other features. The Corps of Engineers reports deer, turkey and small game as prevalent in the area.
Live Oak Ridge Park
Live Oak Ridge features 48 tent and RV sites, and includes water, hook-ups, covered tables, grills, showers, a playground, boat-ramp and a camper service center, as well as a year-round campground host. The neighboring Miller Springs Nature Center, 260 acres of trails along the Leon, beckons hikers.
Campers at Westcliff can choose from 27 RV/tent sites (with water and hook-ups) or four tent-only plots equipped with covered tables and grills. Showers are available. Recreational amenities consist of a boat ramp, playground and beach.
White Flint Park
Thirteen RV/tent campsites comprise White Flint Park, on top of a dozen screen shelters. The park includes a boat ramp.
In addition to its 14 RV/tent sites, Winkler offers opportunities for semi-primitive camping. There is a year-round campground host here. The Corps of Engineers advertises Winkler as a good winter base camp for fishermen pursuing Belton Lake's hefty flathead catfish.
Group Camping Opportunities
Belton Lake features two group use areas: Belton, near the Capital Regional Office, and Turkey Roost, contained within Cedar Ridge Park. Reservations are required. Call (254) 780-1738 or visit Live Oak Ridge Park to reserve at Belton; for Turkey Roost, go to Cedar Ridge or call (254) 986-1404.