Martin Creek Lake State Park Review & Rating

Texas Outside Rating: 7.9

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Martin Creek Lake State Park Overview:

Martin Creek State Park is a small 60 campsite park located on 287 heavily trees acres in East Texas. The Park has some great sites on Martin Creek Lake. Martin Creek State Park is clean, well maintained, and has a friendly staff. Showers and restrooms are dated like most State Parks, but they are clean and functional.

The Park holds occasional special events like Easter egg hunts or dutch oven cooking demonstrations. Martin Creek Lake is great for boarding/skiing or other watercraft activities and fishing is good for bass, cat, and brim. The shore line is suitable for overnight boat parking. Outside of the electric power plant, the park is quiet and peaceful.

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Amenities and Fun Things To Do:

Martin Creek has 61 back-in shaded campsites with water and electric in two different loops along the shore of Martin Creek. 7 of the sites have 50 AMP service and 15 sites are waterfront sites with excellent access to Martin Creek Lake. All of the sites have a picnic table, fire ring, and lantern holder. Some of the sites are short and not very level, which can present a problem for bigger rigs.

If you like tent camping, there are 12 outstanding primitive sites that are on a small island, all of which are on the edge of the lake. Access to the primitive sites is across a wooden foot bridge or by boat.

If you don't want to camp, Martin Creek State Park has two cabins that can sleep 4. Each of the cabins have: central air and heat, kitchen with 4-burner stove and oven, refrigerator, coffee maker, screened back porch, and outdoor smoker/cooker. There are also two one room air conditioned and heated cottages with water and electricity that sleep up to 5 in bunk beds. Plus there are 19 screened shelters, some of which are lakefront, available for rent.

Martin Creek Lake is warmed by the electric power plant across from the park and as such the lake is very good for year round fishing. No fishing license is required to fish in the State Park. Some of the other amenities that you can enjoy during your stay at Martin Creek State Park include:
  • four lane boat ramp and ample trailer parking
  • fishing pier and fish cleaning station
  • playground, horseshoes, and volleyball court
  • canoe rental
  • 1.5 mile hiking trail
  • 6 mile mountain bike trail
  • dump station
  • lighted fishing pier
  • small park store
  • amphitheater
  • group picnic area and pavilion

A Typical Texas Outsider Day:

We enjoy the get-a-way remoteness of Martin Creek State Park, the great lakefront sites, and the biking trails. The lake is small but pretty and you shouldn't have any problem finding an area for boarding, fishing, or dropping an anchor and swimming. The hiking trail and biking trails are under trees and moderate to easy.

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Cool Nearby Activities:

The Park is on the outskirts of Tatum and we didn't find anything to explore or do in Tatum. Longview is about 20 miles north west and has some museums and parks and a wide selection of restaurants. In other words, come to Martin Creek to enjoy nature, the lake, camping, and hiking/biking.

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Texas Outside Favorite Sites: 33 and 57, cottage #3, and screened shelter #13

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Texas Outside Campground Rating System

Texas Outside uses a tough rating scale and it’s difficult for a campground to get a “10”.  Each park is rated on:

  • Scenic Beauty: a campground that is flat with no trees or character gets a “1” and hills, lots of trees, beautiful lake site, and lush ground cover gets a “10”
  • Park Condition:  the cleaner, well kept, and maintained campgrounds receive high scores
  • Amenities: we are looking for lots of amenities like restrooms, dump stations, playgrounds, boat ramps, shelters, concession stand, rental toys, and more.
  • Campsites:  low scores are given for sites that are right next to each other (good for getting to know your neighbors, but not what we’re looking for when we’re camping); have no lantern holder, no water or electricity, no fire pit, no grill, or no picnic table (or it’s rotten wood); have no trees and no view; the ground cover is crushed rock (my bare feet hate that stuff!); and they require a lot of work to get your rig level.
  • Things To Do: Bonus points are given for campgrounds that offer lots of fun things to do at the park or very nearby – this includes: biking, hiking, climbing, boating, entertainment, golf, swimming, fishing, volleyball, horseshoes, and more