Shirley Creek Marina has gone through some tough times in 2009 and early 2010 during which time the facilities and campsites were neglected. New management has taken over in 2010 and is committed to significant improvements and upgrades with a goal of making Shirley Creek Marina a premier park in Texas.
A majority of the improvements are planned to be completed by March 2010 and the priorities include:
redoing a majority of the overnight RV sites that are near the water to include: level sites, 30 and 50 AMP service, great water views from your door, picnic tables, room for big rigs, and fire pits
general clean up and operational improvements
limestone paved campsites and roads in the campsite area
redecorating and upgrading the cabins
adding a sandy beach and swimming area
Several other improvements and upgrades are planned for 2011, some of which include: a store with staples, fishing gear, bait, and more; gas dock; fishing pier; restaurant; pavilion with a kitchen area; additional boat ramps; hiking and biking trails; day use area; improvements to the primitive camping area; possible kayak and canoe rentals; and more. After a meeting with the new owners and the current manager, there is no doubt in my mind that this could be one of the best destination RV parks in Texas offering several fun things to do, special events, good cabins, and great lakefront camping.
If you set the right expectation, today and until the improvements are made, this is a very good place for lakeside camping or staying in one of the cabins and enjoying a weekend boating.
Today’s rating is based on our experience prior to all the improvements. My guess is that when all the upgrades are done, this park will be one of our top 25 favorite parks. Come back in March and read our updated review.
Shirley Creek Marina is located on the north end of Sam Rayburn Reservoir, which is a beautiful lake with over 560 miles of shoreline. The north end of the lake is littered with tree stumps, which makes this end of the lake perfect for catching some huge fish. Boat lanes as well as recreational boating areas have been cleared to give you access to the largest portion of the lake (which is relatively stump free) and to areas for skiing, boarding, or tubing.
When we stayed at Shirley Creek, we enjoyed all of the typical camping activities - games, good food, campfires, starlit nights, swimming, and unwinding after a hard work
But one of the main reasons we come to Shirley Creek is to enjoy all that Sam Rayburn has to offer. It is a beautiful lake with plenty of coves, sandy beaches, and smooth water. Read our review of Sam Rayburn Reservoir to learn more about the lake and what there is to see and do.
Shirley Creek is about 25 miles east of Lufkin and less than 35 miles from Nacogdoches and San Augustine - all of which offer some things to see and do ranging from Antiques to Zoos.
We have played and reviewed some golf courses in Lufkin as well as Nacogdoches. In fact, Lufkin is home to Crown Colony which is consistently ranked as one of the best in Texas. And Sam Rayburn Resort is undergoing some changes and should reopen their course in 2011. You can use this map of East Texas Golf Courses to find some good courses to play.