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HOUSTON SHELTER, AL

Houston Shelter is a group picnic site nestled on the shore of Lake Lewis Smith in Bankhead National Forest. This is a popular recreation area offering a variety of activities.Bankhead National Forest is located in northwestern Alabama. The prominent feature of the area is the Sipsey...
Status: Open through Tue Oct 28 2014   Season Dates

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  • Gate hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; after hours access is available
  • Fee authorizes 1 vehicle; additional vehicles must purchase a day-use permit for $4
  • Parking is 300 feet away from the shelter; people may be dropped off at the shelter
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HOUS GROUP SHELTER NONELECTRIC 50 0
Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Overview

Overview

Houston Shelter is a group picnic site nestled on the shore of Lake Lewis Smith in Bankhead National Forest. This is a popular recreation area offering a variety of activities.

Natural Features:

Bankhead National Forest is located in northwestern Alabama. The prominent feature of the area is the Sipsey Wilderness.

Known as "The Land of a Thousand Waterfalls," the Sipsey Wilderness encompasses an area of abundant streams, old-growth forests, limestone bluffs and lush canyons.

Lake Lewis Smith boasts more than 500 miles of shoreline marked by high rock bluffs. The water is clear and deep and provides excellent fishing.

Recreation:

Day users can enjoy a beautiful sand swimming beach. Other activities include motorized and non-motorized boating and water skiing.

Anglers can fish for Kentucky Spotted Bass and Hybrid Striped Bass. There are also hiking trails in the area, including the 1.4 mile High Rock Loop and the nearly 2 mile Fox Run Loop.

Facilities:

The picnic facility offers tables, flush toilets, grills and drinking water. A boat ramp and showers are nearby.

Booking Window
Sun Apr 27 2014 - Thu Apr 23 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Fri Mar 28 2014 Tue Oct 28 2014
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Non-Motorized Boating
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Water
  • Water Skiing
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
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Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
Mar 28 2014 -
Oct 28 2014
GROUP SHELTER NONELECTRIC $20.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.12444, -87.29806
34°7'28"N, 87°17'53"W

About 50 miles southwest of Decatur, take Highway 278 east from Double Springs for 8 miles. Turn south on County Road 63 and continue for 4 miles. Turn right onto Forest Service Road 118 and travel a mile to the campground.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

HOUSTON SHELTER
PO BOX 278
DOUBLE SPRINGS AL 35553

Phone Number:

Project Office:(205)489-2941
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