Laredo, Texas

Lake Casa Blanca International State Park – Other reviewers at

March, 2015

The Lowe’s overall rating = 7 out of 10 stars

Casa Blanca Lake sits in the middle of the park, that’s part of Laredo in the background.

Noise level and overall “feel” of the park?
The camping area of this park is 1.5 miles off the main road, so it’s
quiet here – at least in March.  We loved taking walks and short bike
rides through the park with minimal traffic to deal with.  The rangers
drove through to check things on a regular basis.  There is an airport
nearby, but apparently the runways are situated so that we rarely
noticed any aircraft noise.

Road and site access/type?
Paved roads and sites.

Spaciousness/levelness of sites?
Spacing between sites was generous.  Site lengths and types varied,
there were some plenty large for a big RV and a car like ours (#105),
and others shorter.  Also some pull-throughs were available along
the road.  Many sites were not level, and we needed our jacks and
blocks to get straight.

Utilities and WiFi/cell reception?
Only a few sites had full hookups, and we got one of them with 50A
power, which was strong.  Water pressure was good.  Our Verizon
phone and Hotspot reception were very good.

Picnic table and/or fire pit?
We loved the COVERED picnic table – a good place to put our bikes
and other things we wanted to keep out of the direct weather.  There
was a fire pit as well.

Facilities – bathrooms/showers/laundry room?
The bathrooms were better than most we have seen at state parks.
They were clean, as were the showers which had benches for all of
the goodies.  No laundry room.

Pet and/or kid friendly?
This park was fine for pets kept on leash.  There were a few short
walking trails and a large open field nearby where I suppose dogs
could be let off-leash.  No special activities for kids, but a good
place for them to hang out and get some exercise.  I did notice a
couple of swing sets not far from the campground  There are
many covered picnic tables with BBQ stands located throughout
the park.

Bike/walking trails nearby?
I counted three walking trails on their map.  They were short and
not at all strenuous, but still a nice way to get off the roadway and
get some fresh air.  The park entrance was 1.5 miles from the
campground, so using that road and other interior roads allowed
for a decent bike ride.  There was also a bike path running along
the busy highway outside of the park.

Grocery stores and other services nearby?
This is a very large city, and there were several grocery stores and
other services fairly close by, although they seem to be more spread
apart than in most cities.  The nearest laundromat was about 3 miles
outside the main entrance.

We weren’t happy that our site had a lot of cigarette butts and other
small trash that we had to clean up for our one-week stay.  I had to
pull some weeds to make the steps up to our picnic table more usable.
However, we really liked this place overall.  It was quiet and there
was plenty of space between each site.  Of course, this was March,
and we have a feeling it could be very noisy and busy during the
summer months – like most state parks.  But at $17 per night it was
probably the cheapest full hookup site we have ever seen, and it’s
a pretty nice park.  We used our Texas State Park annual pass to
get that rate, otherwise add $5.00 per night for your stay.


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