Thanks for booking with Vacation Country Rentals Hopefully this will answer most of your questions. If not feel free to call us with any additional questions, Brenda 281-468-4503 or Mark 713-826-6959
Maximum occupancy of homes: Lakeside 22, Pat’s Place 14, Awesome View 7, Henry’s Hideaway 10, The Gregory 7, Creekside 6
Grills: All of our homes have a grill. Gas grills are at Awesome View, Lakeside & Pat’s Place. They are all hooked up to the main propane tank. Please be sure to shut main switch off when you are done cooking. Charcoal grills are at The Gregory, Henry’s Hideaway and Creekside. Please provide your own charcoal and lighter fluid.
Each home comes with one complimentary stack of firewood. Additional stacks can be purchased for $10.00 each Please try and order in advance if possible. Before burning check for burn bans. A link is on the e-mail.
Trash: Please make sure your trash is secured or put in the dumpster in the evening. We have a large population of raccoons that love our trash. The dumpster is located at the side of Henry’s Hideaway on O’Connell Trail near the small green garage and trailer cover. Please ask us if you can’t find it.
I see stumps, can we swim? Most times swimming is exceptional. Yes, there are some stumps (that don’t effect swimming). We find these ideal for keeping the noise of boats and jet skis away from the area. It’s only a few minute ride to the main part of the lake where skiing and tubing is easily done. The views of the lake are superb. The deep, main part of the lake is usually cooler and great for swimming and boating. The shallower end and coves may get warmer when rain is scarce and temperatures rise.
Swimming is great off the docks. We offer the use of complimentary kayaks (for Lakeside, Pat’s Place & Awesome View) The Gregory & Henry’s have a canoe they can share. We recommend bringing your own properly fitting life jackets. We try and keep life jackets on hand but they seem to get lost or blown away faster than we can replace them.
Is the lake low?
During periods of extreme drought the lake can have lowered water levels. Being a spring fed lake it stays close to normal most of the time. The deep, main part of the lake is always cool and great for swimming and boating. The shallower end and coves may get warmer when rain is scarce and temperatures rise.
The Pier/dock for The Gregory & Henry’s Hideaway: These 2 homes are not on the water but do have water access with a shared dock. There is a set of stairs across from Henry’s Hideaway (about 70, yes that is a lot but we have benches for resting if needed) Each home has a 20’x14’ dock area to fish, tie boats, swim or just relax on. These 2 docks are marked with the homes names. There is a canoe to share between the 2 homes. Please do not take the kayaks from Pat’s Place or Lakeside. Have a great time and please be respectful of neighbors and other guests.
Where can I drop my boat? There are 2 launches on the lake. Just down the road is a small Marina that has a launch for a small fee. You can also launch at the dam on SH229. It is a free launch with concrete ramps.
Getting my boat to the properties: If you turn left after unloading at the Marina and follow the shoreline, staying close to the boathouses you should be fine. We have a map in the house. These maps are real hard to get and have to be bought in bulk. Please don’t lose it. If you would like to purchase one we have a few extras for $12.50.
Do I need a fishing license: While we seldom see a game warden at our end of the lake, the State of Texas requires a fishing license for people over the age of 16 (17th birthday requires a license). You can purchase fishing licenses online or at many stores. Check the Texas Parks and Wildlife web site for all the details. It is our belief cane pole fishing from the dock is also exempt from licensing.
Where can I buy bait: At the Marina or Pops Bait house when open. Both are within walking distance.
Can we rent a boat anywhere? There are no local boat rental facilities. We have had some guests rent boats or jet skis from Dallas and “maybe” Houston
Can I buy alcohol locally? Beer and wine is sold in Crockett and Houston County. Liquor is available in most neighboring counties, about a 45 minute drive each way.
What stores are nearby? Our furthest home is under 12 miles from most stores in Crockett. It is a beautiful country drive to town. There are many small antiques stores, one of a kind restaurants and specialty shops. Wal-Mart, H.E.B., Brookshire Brothers for grocery shopping. Tractor supply, auto parts, Sears (small store) and numerous Dollar type stores. There is a restaurant and store list in each homes information binder.
How are the bugs? We are in the woods and on occasion we get different bugs. I must honestly say I am rarely bit by mosquito’s or anything else. It is wise to bring repellant just in case. Our homes are also maintained every 3 months by a professional exterminator.
Do I need Towels, pots & pans etc.? Each home comes with mini (hotel type) soap bars. We do not provide shampoo or conditioner. We provide 2 rolls of toilet paper per bathroom and 1 roll of paper towels per home, some trash bags and some napkins. (please plan accordingly) We have a decent amount of pots, pans, dishes and utensils in each home. This includes some cookie sheets, casserole dish etc. If you need something specific, contact us and we’ll do our best to accommodate. Bath towels and linens are provided. Please bring your beach towels for swimming.
Lighting:Most of our homes have a wide variety of outside lights. We encourage people to enjoy them but we do appreciate lights being shut during daylight or sleeping times. Please respect the environment as well as our efforts to keep pricing as affordable as we can.
Stairs: Most of our homes/docks are on the side of a fairly steep hill and lake access includes a lot of stairs. It is not recommended for elderly persons or unsupervised children
WiFi: all of our homes have wireless Internet. The code is located in the info binder in each home. On occasion the internet does go out. If it isn’t because of a power outage try to unplug the modem from the power source for 2 minutes and plug it back in. This usually resets it.