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Sam Houston Jones State Park

Lake Charles, Louisiana


107 Sutherland Rd
Lake Charles, Louisiana 70611
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Sites: 93
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 30.30000
Longitude: -93.25603

Elevation: 28' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: January, 2019 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

This park is not recommended for large class A motorhomes or large 5th wheels. It is extremely tight on the sites and the roads within the campground. The roadways are so tight that I actually clipped one of the site markers with my motor home trying to get into our site. If you are longer than 34 feet, you will do better looking elsewhere. I will not return here. The sites are laid out rather weird, so that you are backing into your neighbor behind your site. Really tight and not any separation between the sites. I can not emphasize enough that this is not a place for large RVs. We camped at Sam Houston Jones State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
47
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Obstacles, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

If you are in the area, be sure to go to Steamboat Bill's. Great seafood and even better pistolettes.

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $34.00
Overall Rating:

The park overall is fine... but the inside camping sites are tight! Our site was surrounded by "live in" campers. One that we had to look at the entire time had a ton of items all around as under the almost broken down trailer. 30ft away. Then the motor home next to us (owners gone the entire time) parked their car and popped up their net tent in our site. See pictures. Very strange! Someone said it was a host.. (?) Don't choose this spot unless you never leave your trailer. We camped at Sam Houston Jones State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
54
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $33.00
Overall Rating:

A Beautiful Park located Close to I10 and in a local Metro area. We camped at Sam Houston Jones State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
28
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

Found park online through Reserve America. Looked good, priced effectively. Arrived at park, took awhile to get desk information and check-in. It was not disclosed at reservation that all sites do not have full hookups, and after seeing our first site realized there were no sewer hookups. Had to move to an up-priced site with full hookups. Park is OLD, yet very attractive. Sites are well-spaced, however backins are very short and most sites have a problem accommodating tow car parking. Sites are not cleaned up prior to new arrival. We had the last camper's meal remnants left in the middle of our site. Not sure I'd stay here again. We camped at Sam Houston Jones State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
1042
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Obstacles, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
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Review Count: 76
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 20

Date of Stay: November, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

As others have said, this park needs some TLC. We were told by another (local) camper that Camping Area 1 is completely closed. Area 2 is okay but sites are very close together. The online map needs to be updated as it shows the bathhouse where the laundry room is. The bathhouse is on the main road at the top of the camping area. Sites may or may not have sewer as ours had a hole in the ground covered by a rusty piece of metal...not safe!! We did see a lot of deer though. We camped at Sam Houston Jones State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
44
Site Surface
Asphalt, Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Market Basket in town has groceries and firewood.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2017 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

This is a nice park, sites are spread out some, it is quite, some nice cement pads although back in sites are very wide all with nice tables. Some sites where blacktop back in as well as pull through. The camp could stand some TLC but still a very nice campground. Would stay here again any time. There could be better signage. We camped at Sam Houston Jones State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
62
Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

This is a lovely state park, but unfortunately the campground maintenance has been neglected far too long. There are two sections to the campground. Section 1 has longer sites created by combining two older sites to create a single longer pull through. The sites are poorly configured. Site 1, our site, was at the end of a loop turn and directly in front of the dump station. This left vehicles coming and going from the dump site and our picnic table within 6 feet of our rig both on one side and behind. The sewer connection was in the driveway and buried under mud. In addition, the site was dirty, muddy and not level. The bath house was shut down "for repairs" and a temporary bathhouse was there, but was in sad shape from age and lack of maintenance. Campground 2 was in somewhat better shape, but is unsuitable for longer rigs. Their bath house did appear to be functional and the roadways in the campground are better maintained. We camped at Sam Houston Jones State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
CI001
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Not big enough for my 5th wheel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: January, 2017 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

Most showers were out of order as were the laundry facilities. Sites covered with tree debris, faucet handles broken, parking pads crumbling. Overall, the campground is just badly maintained. The park itself is nice, just run down. Okay for a night or 2 for the price. We camped at Sam Houston Jones State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

The park itself is nice, with access to the river for kayaking and nice picnic areas. However, the campground loop where we were was a very different story. We were there over Thanksgiving and every site was taken. The site just to our right was so close that their campfire ring was about 5 feet from our living room slide. Their trailer was uncomfortably close to our RV. We could easily hear their TV. There was a really bad bump in the RV pad at our site that made parking and leveling a challenge, to say the least. The men's bathroom was being redone, so a weird arrangement had everyone using the women's side of the bathhouse: Men on even hours and women on odd hours. We didn't dare use it for fear that somebody of the other gender would come in by mistake or "on purpose by mistake." Laundry facility was dirty, with trash overflowing from the large trash can. It was never emptied during our 4 day stay. Only one washer and one dryer worked. Our takeaway for this park: 1) Many of the campsites are much too close together - they simply crammed too many sites into the loop, 2) campground is run down and not kept up, 3) No hosts. We will not return, even for an overnight. We camped at Sam Houston Jones State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
C1058
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This is a nice setting but terribly run down. Showers and restrooms are terrible: need a lot of work done. Laundry room has 1/3 of the washers and dryers out of order and is cleaned once a week: yep it was disgusting. Lots are fine.

Lot spacing was spacious with some shade. Site surface was dirt, featuring a fire ring and picnic table. We camped at Sam Houston Jones State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
23
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

State needs to put some work in the facilities and get more work campers.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

We were in a Premium site in campground 1. That meant we got a 3" steel pipe to dump in. Internet never worked while we were here. Gravel site. the restrooms were in a portable building with 4 individual rooms. 2 were locked so they wouldn't have so many to clean if they ever decided to clean. White showers were scummy brown 3/4 of the way up and the shower floors were actually black with mold. Both of the ones I saw were were filthy. There is a sign by one of the bathrooms that said because of state budget cuts they could not provide trash pickup anywhere near the campsites. We were in Tickfaw State Park and Fountainbleau State Park before we came here and they were beautiful parks with trash bins handy for all the campers. We were really disappointed after being in those nice parks. Won't be back. We camped at Sam Houston Jones State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
Campground 1
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Don't come here.

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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed in campground 1. The roads were full of potholes and sites did not have enough gravel so some sites were very muddy. Roads in campground were not marked and very confusing. Camping area needs to be updated. Power and water Pedestal and sewer location required extra lengths of hose and electric cable to reach which was inconvenient. We camped at Sam Houston Jones State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
campground 1 site 15
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Good park to stop when traveling along I10 through Louisiana. The road going into the park is narrow with no shoulder. We wouldn't have wanted to have to pass another RV. The sites were good, tree covered, plenty big enough for our 37' motor home. Not sure how they would work for bigger rigs. Bathrooms were large, clean and in good shape. Lovely hiking trails around the campsite, good places to walk our dogs. We camped at Sam Houston Jones State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Memorial day weekend 2015 visiting friends in Lake Charles so we stayed here for the weekend. Reservations through Reserve America were easy when we arrived check in was easy. Camp ground another story, signage in park is poorly marked and in need of upgrades. Other campers chose to ignore the single one way sign and the obvious fact that trailers can only back in ONE WAY, this was on going the entire 3 days as no one would keep it a one way road. I had to wait for a guy pulling a pop up trailer to back in the wrong way before I could make the loop back around as there was NO possible way to back into my site. I was luck while not listed as a pull through I was able to drive through the grass and pull through. The roads in camping loop 1 are VERY narrow and poorly maintained. The gravel parking area might have been gravel once it is now more grass/weeds/dirt. The threaded connection for both the sewer connections on the site were both broken so the hose just sat there. Breaker on the pedestal tripped 4 times while we were there only running the AC. Rented another site for our friends as a walk up while we were there, we had our card on it and were waiting for another camper that had parked on it to move. Finally asked them to move turns out it was rented to them as well! No refund given even though they booked it twice. As a work around park ranger allowed them to put their tent on our site.

Bath hose - WOW a poorly maintained portable building. There is an adjacent slab that looks like it was once the bath house that was demolished.

WiFi did work and was great for checking email that was about it. Had a full Verizon 4G signal so opted to use my hot spot to stream a movie.

Trash cans none in site, camp host picked up trash Saturday and Sunday. Otherwise you have to take trash to dumpster at boat ramp or camp ground 2. The park itself is very nice just the physical camping areas need upgrades. We camped at Sam Houston Jones State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
1-13
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $34.00
Overall Rating:

If you are traveling through this area and need a night of rest or a few days this is a great park. You should not have a problem getting a spot during week days but better get a reservation for a weekend. This comment does not take in consideration when kids are out of school. The park is a beautiful scenic spot with moss covered oaks, pine and cypress trees. The spot we got was a pull through and it was asphalt and pretty level. There is all sorts of wild creatures so beware. There are swampy area. Nice playgrounds for the kids and the bath houses look adequate but we did not use them. We would definitely stay here again. We stayed here in a travel trailer. We camped at Sam Houston Jones State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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