Lake Houston Wilderness Park

Lake Houston Wilderness Park – Closed Monday, Feb 15, 2021
Lake Houston Wilderness Park will be closed on Monday, February 15th. The weather forecast is predicting icy conditions on Monday which may cause safety hazards in the park.

 IMPORTANT SERVICE CHANGES Lake Houston Wilderness Park is open for day-use and  overnight camping. However, the following facilities remain closed including Group  Camping Sites, Group Lodges, the Archery Range, the Dining Hall and playground  areas. Visitors are urged to pack extra soap and hand sanitizer as a precaution, if you  have been sick in the last two weeks, we ask that you please stay home.

 Address: 25840 FM 1485
                  New Caney, TX 77357
 Phone: 832.395.7690
 Click HERE to make a reservation online.
 H.P.A.R.D. Information: 832.395.7000
Sun. & M., 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
 W. & Thu 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
 F. & Sat., 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m
 Closed Tues


Lake Houston Wilderness Park amenities include: Lakeside Cabins; Lakeside A-Frames; screen shelters; group campsites; walk-in campsites; backpacking campsites. The Pine Grove Dining Hall and the Joe Turner Nature Center.

A $3 entry fee is required for all visitors ages 13 – 64. Friday and Saturday nights must be rented together. This requirement is only applicable to rentals of any cabin or lodge. Hotel occupancy tax, day use fees, & deposits are not included in listed rates. A refundable $125 deposit is required for all cabins, lodges, and the dining hall.

Group Campsites, Occupancy Up to 50
Nightly Rate $40/night
Walk-in Campsites, Occupancy Up to 8
Nightly Rate $7/night
Backpacking Campsites, Occupancy Up to 8
Nightly Rate $7/night
Pine Grove Dining Hall
Available for rental in 4-hour blocks $100/block
Lakeside Cabins - Occupancy Up to 6
Nightly Rate * $133.75/night
Lakeside A-Frames - Occupancy Up to 6
Nightly Rate $37.45/night
Screen Shelters - Occupancy Up to 6
Nightly Rate $26.50/night


Lake Houston Wilderness Park encompasses 4,786.6 acres of wooded parkland. It is located approximately 30 minutes north of downtown Houston off Highway 69 near the town of New Caney. It is the only park in the City of Houston park system that permits overnight camping.

Visitors are urged to pack extra soap and hand sanitizer as a precaution. If you have been sick in the last two weeks, we ask that you please stay home.

A vehicle bridge over Peach Creek allows access by automobile to the entire park. Activities including hiking and biking on 20 miles of hike and bike trails, kayaking on tree-lined creeks, and horseback riding on 13 miles of equestrian trails. Visitors must bring their own bikes, watercraft, and horses with them.

Please be aware that

  • Lake Houston Wilderness Park is a heavily forested wilderness park where several species of snakes can be found
  • Conditions on natural waterways can change without warning, so keep safety in mind as you paddle the creeks.
  • Lake Houston Wilderness Park is not an access point for boating on Lake Houston. The park takes advantage of the woods along the creeks and rivers that empty into Lake Houston, but does not front onto the lake itself. Canoes can navigate Peach and Caney Creeks, although there may be low points that require portage.

    Lake Houston Wilderness Park was originally a State Park owned and operated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
    1981 - State of Texas purchased 4,584.22 acres of land from Champion Paper Company
    1990 - State of Texas buys an additional 202.4 acres of land (complete with campsites, lodges, and an equestrian area) from the San Jacinto Girl Scout Council (this parcel had served as home to the Peach Creek Girl Scout Camp since the mid-1950s).
    1992 – Lake Houston State Park opens for day-use following update to camp facilities by the State of Texas
    1995 – State of Texas adds overnight camping to Lake Houston State Park.
    August 25, 2006 – Lake Houston State Park is transferred to the City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department. The park is renamed Lake Houston Wilderness Park (LHWP) and become Houston’s only park to allow overnight camping.
    November 2007 - The SWA Group is selected to assist in the creation of a master plan for Lake Houston Wilderness Park (LHWP)
    January 28, 2009 - Lake Houston Wilderness Park (LHWP) Master Plan presented to Houston City Council (read or download pdfs of LHWP Master Plan)
    April 18, 2012 - Opening of a relocated park entrance, new cabins and screen enclosures, roads, trails, and improved access to creeks for canoes and kayaks were opened to the public.
    2015 - A one-lane bridge over Peach Creek is opened providing new improved access to remote areas of the park.