Our first stop for a couple of nights is at Lake Colorado City State Park. It’s 11 miles southwest of Colorado City off of Interstate 20 (between Abilene and Big Spring).
Lake Colorado City was built in 1949 on Morgan Creek, a tributary of the Colorado River, by Texas Electric Service Company to provide cooling water for the power plant. Morgan Creek Power Plant is the largest modern steam electric station in West Texas.
The State Park is a 500-acre park, leased for 99 years from a utility company in Mitchell County, located southwest of Colorado City. It was acquired in 1971 and was opened in 1972.
This is a very nice, big, park. Unfortunately, this area is suffering from a severe drought. The boat ramp is closed due to low lake water level. Currently the lake is 25.9 percent full. The fish population has been severely damaged by golden algae bloom.
Like several other Texas state parks, this park closes 2 days a week (Tuesday and Wednesday). When we checked in yesterday we were given a code to the gate so we could let ourselves in and out.
There are 112 campsites and 11 cabins. We are in a “premier” campsite (which means it’s a pull-through and costs more). As far as we can tell, there is one other camper in the park.
Our camp site is very nice - we even have a tree!