Double Lake is stocked with bass, bream and catfish. Boaters and fishermen can fish from one of three piers or can take advantage of a limited access boat ramp with parking nearby for trailers. Swimmers can relax on a sandy beach after taking a cool plunge. Only boats with small electric motors are allowed on the 23-acre lake.

Visitors can savor the outdoor flavor by hiking the marked 5-mile trail leading to the Big Creek Scenic Area, an eyeful of nature at its finest. For a longer trek, there’s access nearby to the Lone Star Hiking Trail which offers an opportunity to see the “back country” of east Texas.

In an effort to preserve Double Lake Recreation Area for others in the future, no off-road vehicles are permitted to roam the area. An 8-mile-long mountain bike trail meanders around the lake.


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Double Lake Recreation Area, soon to reopen, will now be under the operation/management of Royal Elk Park Management. ... See MoreSee Less

As most of you know, Double Lake is closed and is expected to reopen in early Spring. The bike trail is closed and the Lone Star Hiking Trail is open, but it bypasses Double Lake.
When we hear anything about the reopening, we will post it here.
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Here are the photos from our fun weekend of October 21-23 at Double Lake Recreation Area! 🍊🍊🍊 ... See MoreSee Less

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Just a few photos taken near Group Sites I and J this past weekend. We enjoyed hosting students and their families from a Houston School, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Trail Life and their families, and met many new families and friends, as well as our friends of old! ... See MoreSee Less

We are anticipating a fantastic Fall weekend coming up, so come on over to Double Lake and enjoy some R&R in the beautiful Sam Houston National Forest!

Hope to see you real soon and before the Holiday Season is upon us!
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