San Angelo State Park
Open: Open all year
Number of Sites: 154
Number of Sites with Electric and Water: 81
About: Activities include camping, picnicking, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding on multi-use trails, lake swimming and wading, fishing, boating, a three level orienteering course, and bird and wildlife observation. The park has a hunting program with a State Park Annual Hunting Permit and special drawing hunts for deer and spring turkey.
The lake level is extremely low. The lake bottom is unsafe. Swim at your own risk (wearing shoes is advisable.)
acilities include campsites with water and electricity (10 with horse pens); walk-in campsites (about 400 yards) which have picnic tables, grills, water and restrooms in the area ; 6 enclosed air-conditioned and heated mini-cabins that accommodate 6 each; two group camping areas; two group pavilions; over 50 miles of developed multi-use trails for hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian use; and 20 miles of backpacking; high level and low level boat ramps; a trailer dump station; and restrooms with showers. A fishing platform and dock is being developed.
The name "Concho" (meaning "shell" in Spanish) comes from the plentiful freshwater mussels that inhabit the area's rivers and streams and produce the beautiful iridescent gems of all sizes and colors - especially the big purple ones (called "Concho pearls" by the early Spanish explorers.) The park sits astride the junction of four ecological zones: the High Plains to the north, the Texas Hill Country to the south, the Rolling Plains to the east, and the arid Trans-Pecos to the west. Consequently, plant and animal life are highly diversified, including some 350 species of birds and about 50 species of mammals.The park is also home to Bison and the Official Texas State Longhorn Herd.
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