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Lake Balmorhea

CO Rd 319, Balmorhea, TX
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Nice except for all the trash!

Nice size lake in the middle of the desert. We camped at Balmorhea State Park, (which is awesome... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Roswell, New Mexico

A trip around the lake didn't get to fish the lake was low but still got out with the kids and... read more

Reviewed 4 April 2017
Betty B
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4 weeks ago
“Nice except for all the trash!”
9 Jan 2017
CO Rd 319, Balmorhea, TX
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice size lake in the middle of the desert. We camped at Balmorhea State Park, (which is awesome for a small park), and were looking forward to fishing at Lake Balmorhea. We started at the damn but it was way too windy so we drove...More

Thank 4dpkeith
Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

A trip around the lake didn't get to fish the lake was low but still got out with the kids and looked for tracks. We put our feet in the water and enjoyed the western sunset. Something to do in the evening for us and...More

Thank Betty B
Reviewed 9 January 2017

We just took a drive through to check out the lake after spending the morning at the springs. It didn't seem like a tourist spot, but more like a local, private lake. But, then again, we were there on a freezing weekend in early January--...More

Thank P5_Crazy_Train
Reviewed 7 October 2016

This place has potential however it is not well maintained. The roads around the lake were very eroded and washed out. The fees at the front entrance were minimal but not worth it due to the state of the lake. Dirty water and trash throughout...More

Thank Dan P
Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Have to register you vehicle I think $5 not sure. I was a little rainy so we enjoyed the cool weather in hot Texas summer. Because of the rain we looked for tracks and saw plenty of pig tracks most likely havalena. The scenery was...More

Thank Betty B
Reviewed 24 August 2016

The road around the "lake" was full of litter, and all of the parking/pic nic areas were covered in trash. Every trash can was overflowing, and the edge of the lake was lined in trash bags, beer cans, and more. There was nothing to keep...More

3  Thank Renee G
Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

So much fun! You do need a $7 wristband for people over 13 years of age but our state park pass covered it. Fun in the sun! Being a canopy to have a shaded spot to put your stuff. FYI no lifeguard on duty.

Thank Eric W
Reviewed 26 June 2016

This lake really stunk bad. Not only did we buy a fishing license for the state of Texas, but you also have to purchase a permit to even be there. There wasn't a beach area, and you cant even get into the lake without shoes...More

2  Thank KariTowers
Reviewed 30 May 2016

Apparently this is private property. You cant even look at the lake without paying a fee. While camping might seem logical to pay a fee at an Army Corps of Engineers built project, Just driving in to look and admire the scenery seems a bit...More

1  Thank Ronald S
Reviewed 25 April 2016

Requires a permit to access the lake and it's not clear where you can get the permit. We asked the local sheriff and he said these were obtainable from a store at the lake. We visited the lake in the early morning but there was...More

1  Thank Bruce W
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Dawn R
I'm not understanding the difference btwn the lake and the state park...any one know where we can do tent camping?
30 March 2016|
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Frank H
Is this a boating lake? Can you tube and knee board in the lake? Are there lots of stumps in the lake? How deep is the lake
22 May 2015|
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