Ham Creek on the Brazos

This park is on the Brazos River above Whitney Lake.  It is located outside Rio Vista, Texas. It is on the Brazos itself several miles above Whitney Lake.  We thought this was a Corps of Engineers park and we have since learned that the Corps did build it, but Johnson County assumed control of it about 2005 0r 2006 and now runs it.  It is a relatively new park with very nice, in fact, excellent facilities.  It is a Controlled Access Park.  There are lots of camping spots and a play area for children.  Many of the camping spots have limited trees and shade.  One interesting thing on the way in is a sign that says “WATCH FOR SNAKES.”

These photos were taken on two different dates, August 22, 2011 and February 4, 2012.  The lake level on August 22, 2011 was 522 feet or 13 feet low.  The February 4, 2012 photos were taken when the lake level was 527 feet 7 1/2 inches or 5 feet 4 1/2 inches low.  As of March 14, 2012 the lake was just a little over normal pool of 533 feet.   You can use your judgment to estimate the ramp usefulness at the current time.

These are the standard Corps of Engineers ramps and are excellent when the water level is up.  The secondary (shallowest) ramp has the new ramp adjustable boat dock at the side of the ramp.  There is a large new parking lot for the boat ramp. We also learned that in addition to the $3.00 boat launch fee, there is a $1.00 per person daily admittance fee

Ramps at 13 feet low or Lake Level of 522 feet:

Both boat ramps there are closed. The river and lake are low, but you could launch a boat by hand, that is an aluminum boat, raft or kayak.

 

Ramps with the lake at 527 feet 7 1/2 inches or 5 feet 4 1/2 inches low.

   

This is the parking lot, accomodates a number of vehicles.

 

This photo was taken with the lake 13 feet low, but it is still scenic:

This is a relatively new park with lots of camping facilities, including equestrian facilities and play ground equipment.    Also there is rumor of good fishing from the river bank.

 

 

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