• Lake Meredith National Recreation Area in the Panhandle of Texas

    Lake Meredith

    National Recreation Area Texas

Camping

Plum Creek campgrounds from distance

Plum Creek campgrounds

NPS Photo

Lake Meredith offers a variety of camping opportunities, including scenic overlooks, shoreline camping, and wooded campgrounds. All campgrounds are FREE. No reservations are needed; sites are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Trailer/RV hookups and showers are NOT available anywhere at Lake Meredith. Dump stations with potable water are located near Fritch Fortress and Sanford-Yake campgrounds.

You may camp at any location within Lake Meredith National Recreation Area for up to 14 consecutive days within a 30-day period, but no more than 60 days per year. Hunters may set up camp between October 1 and December 31, with up to 30 days allowed annually per hunter. Digging or leveling the ground for a camp is prohibited.

CAMPFIRES: Fires are permitted only in grills and existing fire rings; they are not allowed in the backcountry. You may gather wood that is dead and on the ground. No cutting of trees or other plants is allowed. Burning pallets with nails/hardware in them is prohibited unless the hazards are removed before burning. Local counties determine fire bans. Contact officials in Hutchinson County (806-273-0930), Moore County (806-935-2151), and Potter County (806-379-2900) to verify if burn bans are in effect.

ALCOHOL: The possession and consumption of alcohol is prohibited at Cedar Canyon and Spring Canyon (day camp area) only. In other areas, you may bring in alcohol for personal consumption. If you wish to bring in larger quantities (such as beer kegs for a group), you must get a special use permit at Park Headquarters, 419 E. Broadway, in Fritch, during business hours.

OTHER RESTRICTIONS:

  • Pets must be on leash at all times.
  • Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Place trash in dumpsters or carry it out for disposal.
  • Only drain "gray water" from trailers or boats at designated dump stations (near Fritch Fortress and Sanford-Yake Campgrounds).
  • No metal detectors are allowed.
 

CAPROCK CAMPGROUNDS
scenic overlooks of lake, picnic tables, shade shelters

 
Fritch Fortress

Fritch Fortress.

NPS Photo

Fritch Fortress
Boat Ramp Closed
Located about 3.5 miles out of Fritch on Fritch Fortress Road, this popular campground overlooks the lake. Campground is suitable for RVs, trailers and campers (but no hookups). Access to the shoreline available nearby by using old boat ramp (now closed for boat launching, but open for campers, swimmers, etc.)

  • Picnic tables, shade shelters, grills
  • Paved road & pull-through parking
  • Bathroom with potable water and flush toilets



 
Lake view near Sanford-Yake 4 August 2012

A portion of the Sanford-Yake Campground overlooking Lake Meredith near Sanford Dam

NPS Photo

Sanford-Yake
Boat Ramp Open (ONLY OPEN BOAT RAMP AT LAKE)
Located on Sanford-Yake Road near the dam, this large and and well-maintained campground overlooks the lake. It is well-suited for RVs, trailers and campers (but no hook-ups).

  • Picnic tables, shade shelters, grills
  • Paved roads & pull-through parking
  • Bathroom nearby with potable water and flush toilets
  • Water and dump station nearby

(Access to the shoreline is steep and difficult, other than from boat ramp. NOTE: The marina has been closed and removed.)

Blue West
Boat Ramp Closed
Located north of the lake off Farm-to-Market Road 1913, this campground has an excellent view. Access to shoreline is difficult.

  • Picnic tables, shade shelters, grills
  • NO flush toilets or drinking water


 

LOWER CAMPGROUNDS
southeast shore--sandy beaches, hiking, fishing from shore

 

Cedar Canyon
Boat Ramp Closed
This small cove lies between Fritch Fortress and Sanford-Yake campgrounds. The area features beach camping with no individual campsites. Some developed sites lie farther back from shore. Camping area is soft during rainy conditions. Drive with caution when leaving paved roads.

  • Bathroom with potable water and flush toilets near parking lot.
  • Some picnic tables
  • NO alcoholic beverages allowed in this area

Harbor Bay
Boat Ramp Closed
Located just outside Fritch (turn west onto Lakeview Drive from Highway 136/Broadway), this large, open camping area has some developed sites farther back from the old shoreline (area is now dry). Drive with caution when leaving paved roads.

Harbor Bay also features the Harbor Bay Hiking Trail, opened in summer 2012. Trailhead is located behind the outback toilet at the edge of the old boat ramp parking lot. This moderately challenging hike climbs up to the top of a mesa for a panoramic view of the area. The trail loops and rejoins original trail for hike down. Distance: approximately 3 miles.

  • Vault-evaporator toilet
  • Some picnic tables
  • NO flush toilets or drinking water
  • Harbor Bay Hiking Trail
 

CANYON CAMPGROUNDS
hunting, hiking & horseback riding, limited off-road vehicle areas

 
McBride House

Historic McBride Ranch House (adjacent to one of the campgrounds in McBride Canyon and Mullinaw Creek area)

NPS Photo

McBride Canyon & Mullinaw Creek
These areas are located southeast of the lake off State Highway 136. Cottonwood trees provide shade. The Mullinaw Creek area features the expanded Mullinaw Trails system, three connected hiking trails totally 6.3 miles. Mullinaw Trails are open for hiking and horseback riding only: NO OFF-ROAD VEHICLES ALLOWED.

Ranger-guided hikes are available at the Mullinaw Trails. Please call 806-857-6680 or 806-857-3151 to check on availability.

  • State Historic marker at McBride ranch house
  • Picnic tables, grills
  • NO flush toilets and NO drinking water; vault-evaporator toilets only
  • Horse corrals
  • Dirt road can become impassable during and after rain
  • River crossing point for hunters (crossing opens one week after start of main mule deer season)

Rosita
Off-Road Area
Off-road vehicle area on Canadian River with access from Highway 87/287.

  • Undeveloped campground
  • NO picnic tables
  • NO toilets or drinking water


 

Plum Creek
Boat Ramp Closed
Located on southwest side of lake off FM 1913, this is a popular area for horseback riding, hiking, and bicycling. Devil's Canyon Trail is for beginner to experienced horseback riders, as well as hikers and mountain bikers. This area contains some shade trees.

  • Picnic tables, grills
  • Vault evaporator toilet
  • Horse corrals
  • NO flush toilets or drinking water

Blue Creek Bridge
Off-Road Area
Off-road vehicle and horseback riding area on northwest side of lake on FM 1913.

  • Picnic tables, grills
  • Vault-evaporator toilet
  • Off-road use in creek bed ONLY
  • NO flush toilets or drinking water
 
Plum Creek 1
Plum Creek campground
NPS Photo
 

OTHER CAMPGROUNDS

northwest shore

 

Chimney Hollow
Located near the Blue West boat ramp (closed), this remote and semi-developed campground is tucked in the Blue Creek embankment, which affords the area protection from prevailing winds.

  • Vault-evaporator toilet
  • Some picnic tables
  • NO flush toilets or drinking water

Bugbee
Boat Ramp Closed
Located near the Bugbee community off Farm-to-Market 3395, this area features shoreline fishing and no individual campsites. Areas near shore will be soft during rainy conditions. Drive with caution when leaving paved roads.

  • Some picnic tables
  • Vault evaporator toilet
  • NO flush toilets or drinking water

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