Texas Family Turns Former Ranch into RV Park
The place is called Hidden Lake RV Ranch — but the Jacksboro, Texas, park is no big secret nowadays.
Larry Rodgers, who owns the RV ranch with wife Vicki, said it is becoming a popular hideout for campers who just want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, according to The Times Record News, Wichita Falls, Texas.
The facility has been open about 60 days and is attracting folks from across North Texas and even some from as far away as Michigan.
Rodgers, who owns a real estate company that specializes in farms and ranches, said they bought the ranch on the spot — the day it went on the market — a year ago.
“We liked what we saw and put it under contract the same day,” Rodgers said. “We loved it so much, and the lake (22 acres) adds tremendously to the property.”
He said friends and family who visited the ranch gave them the idea to turn it into an RV oasis, along with watching camper after camper travel along the main highway, U.S. 281.
“My wife and I were sitting on the front porch and looking out at the highway, which is about a mile away, and saw one RV after another,” he said. “It hit us immediately. We decided to move forward and did it quickly.”
The ranch has 16 full-hookup campsites, and there are two new RVs available for rent. They are also in the process of finishing construction of a clubhouse.
“All of the people from Wichita Falls tell us they fell in love with the trees and camping areas,” he said. “In addition to the trees, they told us they wanted a clubhouse where they could go in and play games and visit.”
Campsites are $26 (30-amp hookups) and $28 (50-amp hookups) daily. Weekly rates are $150, and monthly the price is $350 for two people. Each additional person is $4.
Daily fishing passes are $25, and the cost for a week is $100. Children 10 and under fish for free. Five-hour guided fishing trips are also available. There are boats for rent, but only two are allowed on the lake at a time. Fishermen not staying at the ranch also are invited to come to the ranch and fish.
Anglers are not allowed to keep largemouth bass, but they may keep up to six panfish per outing.
The ranch also has hiking, biking and walking trails.
“We have a couple of waterfalls at the creek when it is running. We have a private picnic area at the creek (Pursley Creek),” Rodgers said. “At the back of the property, we have a picnic area on a high bluff where they can get away from the RVs.”
There are some cows and calves at the back of the ranch that are popular among the campers, he said. Pets are allowed but must remain on a leash at all times.
The ranch will hold its grand opening April 18. The event will feature Elvis Presley impersonator R.J. Quick, who will perform from 4 to 6 p.m.
Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. There will be hot dogs and cold drinks, and drawings for free fishing passes and RV site visits. Special half-day fishing passes will be $25.
Rodgers said they plan on adding 14 more campsites in the future.
“Our goal is not to get as many RVs as we can. We want to keep it smaller and as intact as possible,” he explained. “We don’t want to overcrowd the place. That (14 more) is where we will probably quit.”
He said the ranch previously was owned by former Oakland Raiders football player Jeff Gossett. Rodgers said he doesn’t know much about the history of the ranch, but he has traced some barbed wire on the ranch that dates back to the 1800s, along with some antique pieces.
He and his wife live in Springtown but spend a lot of time at the ranch, which is managed by Larry’s brother Clint and his wife Colleen.