Fairfield Lake State Park - Tour Texas! ★

Springfield Camping Area - water only sites.  $12 per day, 16 sites available.

This lake is known for freshwater red drum.  Plenty of hiking and biking on the trails throughout this large park.

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It's car camping, so bring your luxury items. Big tent, big bag, and lots of good food. Campfire games and adult beverages are always welcome. Just remember to put your beverage in an alternate container. State parks have a strict 'no public consumption of alcohol' policy.

Everyone is responsible for securing their own campsite. You can reserve a campsite on Texas Parks and Wildlife's website, however, they will not allow you to reserve a particular site. You'll be asked your preference of site when you check in at the park. Consider sharing a ride and a camping site with another NTO-er.

The first person to check in should post their site number on this meetup page under the comments after checking in, that way we can all get sites near one another.

Firewood gathering is prohibited in all Texas State Parks. Please bring firewood so we may continue our tradition of awesome NTO campfires.

The itinerary for these Tour Texas! adventures is standard:

Friday:
3:00 - 7:00 Early Bird check-in and camp set up
7:00 - 9:00 Dinnertime
9:00 - ? Campfire Fun

Saturday:
7:00 - 9:00 Camp Breakfast
9:00 - 5:00 Latecomer Camp Setup & Park Exploration
5:00 - 7:00 Dinnertime
7:00 - ? Campfire Fun

Sunday:
7:00 - 9:00 Camp Breakfast
9:00 -10:00 Break Camp
10:00 - Conclusion of Meetup, you can explore, hangout, or head home.

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Here is the link to the park page:
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/fairfield-lake

Here is the link to the park map:
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdpubs/media/park_maps/pwd_mp_p4503_078h.pdf


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  • Todd

    Thank you to Scott, Della, and all the friendly members of NTO for the warm welcome and fellowship. Looking forward to Cedar Hill in December!

    1 · November 16

    • Della M.

      Glad you came out. Enjoyed the grand tour of the Casita and talking about the places and patches. See you at Cedar Hill next month.

      November 18

    • Randall O.

      This is a very hospitable group and that attitude starts at the top. Della and Scott make everyone feel welcome and they are very considerate of the feelings of others. By the way, did anyone else enjoy the Dutch oven pizza?

      1 · November 18

  • Randall O.

    Benefits of cold weather camping- NO BUGS, no lines to use the restroom, minimal ice needed for food, no need to shower everyday but steaming hot showers never felt so good, hot toddies, getting to use your cold weather clothing, sleeping so good in a warm bag.

    1 · November 17

    • Della M.

      Rand, thanks so much for letting me bum so much of your stuff...the knife, the lantern, the fire, coals, trash bag.

      It's always a great time with you. Thanks for letting us rowdy kids crash your camp.

      November 18

    • Randall O.

      You're welcome Della. It's always a pleasure hanging out with you rowdies! By the way, I ended up with someones large serving spoon

      November 18

  • Sailor D.

    I enjoyed Craig's Geocaching Trek. Great group of campers and hikers. :-)

    November 16

  • jemy m.

    Here at campsite #26 stone's throw from Randall.

    November 14

  • Mark R.

    Will be coming out Sat morning, Staying til Sun. Ready for a cold night with fire and hot food! See you Sat.

    November 14

  • Miranda

    We are here. Site 92 water electric. Right next to the path to Springfield. Be over there in an hour or so...

    1 · November 14

  • Levi c.

    Can't make it. Have to work saturday.

    November 14

  • Craig

    Have arrived! In site 36.

    2 · November 14

  • Lily

    I will meet with Mr. Smith and decide if he can give me a ride or I can just follow him.

    Thanks Mr. Smith! Thanks everybody! And Jemy, I will text you his campsite # as soon as he gets one so we can stay close.

    November 14

  • Lily

    Morning everybody,

    I am new to Dallas(44 days), new to NTO(11 days). Ms Jemy and Mr. Randall already offered me a lot for this trip and also your comments helps a lot too.
    :-)

    I live in plano, McDermott rd. I was wondering if I can meet somebody close by or on the way to go to the park together?

    Thanks![masked]

    November 14

  • Della M.

    THREAD FOR SITE SHARING AVAILABILITY:
    Only post if you are the campsite owner.

    DO NOT POST 'looking for site' or 'can i share' here.
    Contact the site owner directly.

    Site owners, please follow the formatting examples given below:

    April 24, 2014

    • Miranda

      I have an electric water site in Post Oak. We have room for a tent or hammocks.

      November 12

    • Todd

      I'm staying in RV with electric water site so the tent pad is available to anyone that needs, text me at[masked]

      November 13

  • Lily

    Hey Jemy, I texted my address to your phone. Do you think we can go together?

    November 13

  • James S.

    Cooking in the rain: I am bringing an 11' by 13' Coleman Instant canopy with mesh siding that is suitable for cooking while providing protection from the rain. I can get by without using it for my private use. Also, I have had thoughts about using a large tarp in a similar manor. Big Lots has sizes up to 40' by 20', $40. I do not know if there are trees to that we could attached such a thing to. I would not be able to climb trees to set this up. I would be willing to buy the tarp.

    November 13

    • Lily

      HeyJemy,

      November 13

    • Lily

      I don't have to work tomorrow. I texted my address to you phone. I was wondering if we can meet somewhere to go together? I am driving a beetle.

      November 13

  • Carla J.

    I'm going to be a wuss and camp in the electric (a.k.a. space heater) area. I'm still paddling though.

    1 · November 13

    • James S.

      Carla, consider buying a LP heater, http://www.amazon.com...­ That is what I am using. It puts out more heat than the electric. It is safe for in-tent use.

      November 13

    • James S.

      You can buy it from Academy. I have an extra hose for a 20 LP. Bottle.

      November 13

  • Randall O.

    I will bring you a bag Lily. If anyone needs anything let me know now- I won't have internet access once I leave today. Burning softwood fencing won't produce any real heat and if it's finished or pressure treated burning it could be very toxic. We will be easy to spot-look for my yellow truck.

    November 13

    • Lily

      Got it! Thank you so much!

      November 13

    • Della M.

      You gotta trust Rand on this one, he's the wood expert amongst us. Ask him about grains, patterns, and stains.

      November 13

  • Randall O.

    I'll be genuinely impressed with any of ya'll that show up. Most of my friends won't camp in ideal weather but you guys would never let something like a forecast get in the way of getting out and having a great time! There will be RV campers there but we may be the ONLY tent campers in the park. NTO ROCKS!!!!! I'm out of here! See you at Fairfield.

    1 · November 13

  • Randall O.

    The chance of rain has been downgraded to only 10% Saturday & 30% Sunday.

    2 · November 13

  • James S.

    Late night Lighting and setting up: I am bringing enough lights that can illuminate a camp site for setting up after dark. From batteries, I can only run these lights for about an hour. Helen and I can share our camp site if needed. Texas Parks says it is suitable for 8; there are only two of us.

    November 13

  • Randall O.

    I have numerous down sleeping bags if anyone needs to borrow one. We have a site reserved for Thursday if you want to join us. I will probably bring a canoe or kayaks just in case it's nice enough to get out on the water. Let me know if I need to bring my turkey cooker.

    November 12

    • Lily

      Thank you so much!

      November 13

    • James S.

      Thank you all for the information on burning fence wood. I am not going to bring any.

      November 13

  • Randall O.

    Jason, you can use my Ultimate Dutch oven to bake a turkey. With a 70% chance of rain on Saturday, frying might be a risky operation. I've used it twice for turkeys, once using charcoal and once with a propane burner. It was quick and they were delicious.

    November 9

    • Della M.

      Sounds like quite an invention! You've got the neatest cooking stuff I've come across.

      November 10

    • Jason

      Thanks for the offer but I think we'll wait for another time to try a turkey.

      November 12

  • James S.

    Firewood; I have left over fence -boards that have been stained. I am wondering if it would be suitable for a campfire.

    November 12

    • Della M.

      Sounds like we've got enough folks hauling in firewood. No need for the lumber, James.

      November 12

    • Jason

      I'd advise against that wood. Too many chemicals.

      November 12

  • Randall O.

    I know from experience that using a generator in a tent camping area will go over like a lead balloon.

    November 11

    • Della M.

      @Craig, Tod retains his title as 'World's Best Dog' the yap zapper is for Theo, the pup.

      November 12

    • Della M.

      @ Miranda, thanks for posting your site with electricity. Some folks may want to bring electric blankets and the like.

      November 12

  • Della M.

    Okay campers, our luck might have run out on fantastic weather, but not to worry. A little rain can't dampen our fun. Let me hear who has a easy up canopies, tarps, or firewood they can bring.

    November 10

    • Autumn W.

      I will bring a few bundles of firewood

      November 11

    • Della M.

      Firewood at the park is $5 for the typical bundle, but man it's some dry stuff and burns quickly. There's about 10 places to stop and get firewood on the way down there. People have signs on the roadside and cords of the stuff stacked in their yard.

      November 12

  • Randall O.

    I guess it's time to unpack my artic gear and clothing and trade my iced tea in for something a bit warmer! I guess homemade ice cream is out of the question! We will survive if everyone brings firewood.

    1 · November 11

    • Miranda

      Homemade ice cream is never out of the question!!

      November 12

  • Craig

    Is anyone else besides me, and I think Sailor, bringing kayaks?

    November 11

  • James S.

    My wife is reluctant to go, but she is saying she will force herself. Therefore, I have some questions.
    How far is it from the parking lot to the campsite? I have a bicycle & bicycle-trailer that can carry 150 pounds. If I can park next to the camp-site, I will not need the bike and my set-up will be easy enough.
    I have a lot of gear; large Coleman instant-tent, large instant-canopy, LP heater, small generator, hot water heater, RoadTrip stove; chairs & other tables and more.
    The generator is 21 lbs., 58 decimal, 600-watts running and I am making a sound box. At 75 feet it is nearly silent. I have a little tent to place it into.
    I can make a functional two-room restroom with hot-shower and toilet. I also have a sink-table with hot-water.
    Is there water and electricity near the campsite; I can purify lake-water.

    November 11

    • Della M.

      Wow, you're not joking about Coleman-Hilton! The campsites are drive-up, no need for the bicycle rig. Your restroom and hot shower would be ancillary to the park bathrooms and showers. I used them last weekend and was pleased with cleanliness and abundance of hot water. All the sites have spigots and tap water.

      1 · November 11

    • Della M.

      Bring your tables, chairs, canopy, LP heater, stove, and sink-table. You've already got a mind toward courtesy of other campers with your generator. There's also electric sites in the park that you may reserve. Visit with us during the day and stay in an electric site at night.

      November 11

  • Jason

    Pot luck thread;

    October 27

    • jemy m.

      Given the off and on predictions for some rain Saturday, maybe simpler is better this time?

      November 10

    • Della M.

      Agreed, probably should stick with easy stuff.

      November 10

  • Della M.

    Just came back from Fairfield SP, you guys are in for a treat! It's a big park with plenty of trees, large sites, and clean bathrooms. Good hiking trails, easy lake access. Saw deer and raccoons, but not in the campground area.

    Getting excited for this weekend.

    2 · November 9

  • Randall O.

    Arie & I are going down on Thursday so we can grab a waterfront site. The ranger will be giving a archery demonstration on Saturday and there is currently no burn ban.

    October 30

    • jemy m.

      Hi Randall - I did not find anything on the park website about this, but given the archery demo, is there a designated archery range/facility in the park? Just curious. I have gear (recurve and compound) and would be interested in bringing one if there is such an area.

      November 3

    • Miranda

      When I was at McKinney Falls SP, the rangers did an archery demo and allowed the public to shoot at the range (bring their own gear or use the gear the rangers had brought for public use). There's a good chance this will be the same.

      1 · November 9

  • Randall O.

    Hi Jemy! I seriously doubt that we are allowed to bring bows into a state park but call the park office to be sure.

    November 4

  • A former member
    A former member

    My site is again available since the person who was planning to take it cannot go now. I cannot go either. Please let me know if you're interested and can paypal me the $12 payment I made. The site is with the rest of the group in the Springfield Loop.

    October 28

    • Mark R.

      Hello Catherine, I am interested in taking the site. Do you have reservations for Fri and Sat night, or one night only? Please PM me and we can work out the details. Thanks! Mark R.

      October 29

  • A former member
    A former member

    Forgot to mention, my site reservation is in the Springfield loop with the rest of the group, let me know if you're interested!

    1 · September 24

    • Jason

      Springfield loop? Looking to reserve a site.

      October 15

    • Della M.

      Yes Springfield loop. There are still 16 sites available.

      October 22

  • Della M.

    There are still 16 sites available for reservation in the Springfield loop for this event.

    October 22

  • Kristin

    I had to pull out of this since i am moving at the end of November. But i will see some of you at Meridian! Have a great time.

    October 21

    • Della M.

      Meridian has been changed to January, check your e-mail for details. We're headed to Cedar Hill in December instead.

      October 22

  • Jim

    Are kids and dogs allowed on this one?

    October 16

    • +1

      Yes! at all of our Tour Texas events kids and pets are allowed. Only think we ask is to make sure the pets are not a nuisance to others(barking, not friendly)

      October 21

  • Jane

    I have to cancel darn it!!! We now have blackout dates posted and this weekend is one of them. Sucks working retail even when working in a cool store. Have fun for me :)

    September 29

  • Donna

    I now have a conflict Della, sorry to miss this one!

    October 6

  • A former member
    A former member

    My site has been taken. You all have fun!

    1 · October 1

  • A former member
    A former member

    I already paid $12 so half of the 2 night reservation fee but I can't go. Let me know if you're interested in taking my reservation, we'll arrange for you to paypal me $12 and I'll send you the reservation email. Thanks!

    September 24

  • Sailor D.

    I've got a reservation for Nov. 14-16 in the Springfield Loop. I can share the tent camping area if anyone wants a "free" campsite.
    This Tour Texas* adventure is a good match for my mission to "Row Across Texas". I have added Fairfield Lake to my list of lakes to be rowed. :-)
    My most recent rowing/camping was with Meetup TeenyTinyCampers Club at Lake Livingston.
    You can check out the video I posted to YouTube at:
    http://youtu.be/gGbr1xfFwqk
    What a great weekend it was!

    2 · August 14, 2014

    • Della M.

      Thanks for posting that you have a site available.

      August 15, 2014

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