Bouton Lake Campground

Angelina National Forest

US Forest Service

Free Camping in Angelina National Forest

This small campground offers seven (7) primitive campsites with picnic tables, fire rings, and lantern post at each site. There is also a vault toilet. While this campground is located on US Forest Service land, the west half of Bouton Lake is on private property, and the property owner will let you know when they are displeased.


Angelina National Forest

US Forest Service

Forest Office

Tel: (936) 897-1068


GPS: 31.0275, -94.3169

Reservations: First come, first served

Camping Fee: None

Permit: None

Max Stay: 14 days in a 30 day period

Amenities: Picnic tables, fire rings, lantern posts, boat ramp, vault toilet

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Bouton Lake Campground

Tucked away in the backwoods of Angelina National Forest, this little lakeside campground just may have you hearing Dueling Banjos off in the distance and the sound of a man imitating a squealing pig. It’s the kind of place where you wish a forest ranger would stay over for a night cap, or at least that you had remembered to bring your gun.

But as it stands, Bouton Lake Campground doesn’t get much attention from forest officials in terms of upkeep. The amenities are old and are worn from years of weather and abuse. The road in is long, bumpy, and narrow.

Otherwise, it’s still pretty here. In our experience, it’s peaceful, it’s quiet, and there’s a lot of alone time to enjoy. It’s the kind of place that makes you want to explore, take photos, and skip rocks.

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