Located about 8 miles west of Rio Vista, Texas and along the banks of the beautiful Brazos River is the small, quiet, clean, scenic, and somewhat unknown Hamm Creek Park. Located below high wooded hills, the Park is home to day use areas and camping areas including full hook-up RV sites, equestrian sites, and tents sites.
Hamm Creek Park was constructed in the 1950s as part of the recreation plan for Lake Whitney and in the 1980's it was the primary recreation area for military personal stationed at Carswell Air Force Base. The Park closed in 1990 and Johnson County took over the operation and maintenance of the Park from the Corp of Engineers in 2007. Johnson County made a number of improvements to the Park and has done a superb job of keeping the Park clean and well maintained.
Hamm Creek Park is home to a variety of wildlife from boar hogs to bobcats, fox to wild turkeys plus armadillos, raccoons, opossum, and white tail deer as wells lots of our feathered friends – cardinals, geese, purple martins, blue jays, hummingbirds, and more. Hiding in the Brazos River just waiting for your bait are smallmouth and largemouth bass, sand bass, channel catfish, sunfish, gar, crappie, and flatheads.
Hamm Creek Park has two boat ramps but in early 2014, the water level was down 11 or more feet. The ramps are open but it's not possible to launch anything larger than a small fishing boat or john boat. It's perfect for putting kayaks or canoes in the River. Call ahead and find out the River condition and water level before you visit.
We come to Hamm Creek for the pure joy of camping, enjoying nature and the River, and getting away from the city for a fun weekend with the family or friends.
We like to take the easy half mile hike that winds through trees, vegetation and along the creekbed to a natural spring. Along the way you'll see a variety of plants, lots of homes where animals live, interesting rocks, and if you're lucky you might find some fossils or maybe an arrowhead.
When the water level is up and we can launch the boat, this stretch of the Brazos River is excellent for skiing, boarding, tubing, or just pulling up on the sandy bank for swimming or a picnic. About 15 miles down river, the Brazos River turns into Lake Whitney with some towering cliffs, clear water, and good coves. Read our review of Lake Whitney to learn more.
If you're looking for a scenic drive, then take FM 916 to FM 1108 to FM 1434 which leads into Cleburne State Park.
If you've got a boat, as you cruise down the Brazos River toward Lake Whitney, you'll see some very interesting rock formations and cliffs such as Indian Head Cliff, Bluff Mills, Robinson Bluff, Klondike Ranch, and Bee Mountain, some of which are over 700 feet tall. The River is usually not crowed with boats and the bluffs protect it from the wind meaning you'll find smooth water plus stunning scenery, and some great sandy beaches.
A few miles from Hamm Creek Park is Low Water Bridge Canoe Rental at U.S. 67 and FM 199 where you can rent kayaks, canoes, or tubes and enjoy the Brazos River - they also have a shuttle service.
Rio Vista is the nearest town and it's small but has a restaurant (Roughnecks) that we hear has pretty good food and a cool atmosphere, a Subway, liquor store, and a little more.
If you play golf, you're surrounded by some great courses - here is a North Texas Golf Map to help you find some.