Lake Houston Wilderness Park
- Main Office:
- H.P.A.R.D. Information:
Houston Service Helpline:
|25840 FM 1485
New Caney, TX 77357
311 or 713.837.0311
||Sun. - Thu.
Fri. & Sat.
|7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Lake Houston Wilderness Park encompasses 4,786.6 acres of wooded parkland, approximately 30 minutes north of downtown Houston off of Highway 59 near the town of New Caney. It is the only park in the H.P.A.R.D. system where overnight camping is available. Cabins and walk-in campsites are available for rental. Activities include hiking and biking on 12 miles of hike and bike trails, kayaking on tree-lined creeks, and horseback riding on 8 miles of equestrian trails. (Bring your own bikes, watercraft, and horses). The park is a wilderness park and is heavily forested, so visitors need to be aware that wildlife in the park includes several species of snakes. Please remember that conditions on natural waterways change without warning, so keep safety in mind as you paddle the creeks.
Amenities include: the Forest Lodge, which sleeps up to 12; Lazy Creek Lodge, for up to 26 guests; four Lakeside Cabins, with accommodations for up to 6; lakeside tent platforms, for up to 6; screen shelters, for up to 6; group campsites, for as many as 50; walk-in campsites for up to 8 campers; backpacking campsites, for as many as 8 campers. The Pine Grove Dining Hall is available for rental during the hours of 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Call 281.354.6881 for more information and reservations.
The Lake Houston Wilderness Park Nature Center is a fun educational place for young and old alike. It is open from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. The center opened its doors on November 9, 2007. It offers displays of forest and wetland habitats, amphibians, reptiles, and invertebrates, and a mural depicting the life cycle of butterflies. The mural was created through a collaboration between the Artist Boat, the M.D. Anderson YMCA, and H.P.A.R.D. It was funded by a United Way Kids Way grant. The Lake Houston Wilderness Park Nature Center was made possible through the generosity of George Mitchell. Telephone: 281.354.0173.
The climate varies from an average January low temperature of 46 degrees to an average July high of 93 degrees. Average rainfall is 42.6 inches. Check the weather forecast if you plan to camp or enjoy water sports. And keep in mind that parts of this park are in the flood plain.
Equines brought into Lake Houston Wilderness Park must have a completed VS Form 10-11 proving a negative finding for Equine Infectious Anemia within the past 12 months.
Pets are not allowed in buildings in the park. Keep those dogs on a leash.
Mosquitoes are part of the forest environment. For your own comfort, remember to use mosquito repellant.
The State of Texas purchased 4,584.22 acres from Champion Paper Company in 1981, and an additional 202.4 acres from the San Jacinto Girl Scout Council in 1990. Home to Peach Creek Girl Scout Camp since the mid-1950s, this second section came complete with campsites, lodges, and an equestrian area.
The camp facilities were updated by the state as the basis for Lake Houston State Park. The park was opened by the state for day use in 1992, and overnight camping was instituted in 1995. In August of 2006, the park was transferred to the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. The park is located at 25840 FM 1485 in New Caney. It can be reached from U.S. 59 and F.M. 1485; just follow the signs.
Lake Houston Wilderness Park is not currently an access point for boating on Lake Houston. The park takes advantage of the woods along the creeks and rivers that empty into the lake, but does not front onto the lake. Canoes can navigate Peach and Caney Creeks, although there may be low points that require portage.
On August 25, 2006, Lake Houston Wilderness Park became Houston's newest park property. Read more about this historic occasion here.
In November of 2007, the SWA Group was selected to assist in the creation of a master plan for Lake Houston Wilderness Park. The result is a Master Plan for the park that was presented to council on January
28, 2009. PDF’s of the Lake Houston Wilderness Park Master Plan are available for printing in the Reports & Publications section of the HPARD website.On March 23, 2012, Mayor Annise Parker and state, county, and local officials, along with representatives from the National Recreation and Park Association and local green groups, previewed new Lake Houston Wilderness Park amenities. A relocated park entrance, new cabins and screen enclosures, roads, trails, and improved access to creeks for canoes and kayaks opened to the public on April 18, 2012. (Photo Gallery)