Scooter and Gail Reaser knew a great opportunity when they saw it.
The Reasers, longtime recreational boating enthusiasts on Coleto Creek Lake in Texas, noticed that the very basic camping facilities offered at the Coleto Creek Reservoir just weren’t meeting the needs of campers.
So, they decided to convert the 60-acre pasture that they owned near the reservoir into a top-notch campground, according to a news release.
In the current economy, newly constructed campgrounds are a rarity. But trying something a bit different didn’t scare Scooter or Gail.
In October, they opened Phase 1 of the new Victoria Coleto Creek KOA Campground, which included 124 campsites, each with free cable television and Wi-Fi, a patio with barbecue, a 10,000-square-foot Kamp K-9 pet playground, and a nature trail that meanders through acres of undeveloped land.
Coming soon will be Phase 2 and Phase 3, which include a large pavilion and additional recreational activities including bicycle and watercraft rentals and an additional 200 campsites.
“Those plans will be far easier to complete, now that we have the infrastructure in place,” said Vernon (Scooter) Reaser.
“The initial challenges of getting the permits, the electricity and sewer, and engineering are now done. Basically, it’s been like building a small city—far from existing services—from the ground up.”
The Reasers are dedicated to making everything on their KOA top notch. Guests entering the campground will see a palm-tree-lined, double-lane boulevard with the U.S, Texas, and Kampgrounds of America flags flying high on a circular island.
“The state flag of each guest’s home state will be flown throughout their stay here,” said Gail. “You can drive up and see your own state flag and know that someone from your state is here, too. I’m looking forward to seeing everybody with their campfires and barbecues going, having fun, enjoying the park and the outdoors.”
While the campground has its own catfish pond, as well as hiking trails and swimming, the KOA entrance is just 100 yards from the Coleto Creek Lake Reservoir entrance, so boaters and watersports enthusiasts can stay as busy as they like.
One of the Reaser’s top priorities was keeping the natural landscape intact.
“We wanted to keep as many of the native trees as possible during the construction process,” said Gail.
“Each and every tree was individually identified with its own bar code, so we could work with the engineers to select the best ways to avoid them. People who visit sometimes say, ‘Oh my gosh, you wasted a lot of land,’ but it was intentional. We didn’t want to lose the big, bright wide-open spaces of Texas. We’ve always loved the outdoors, so we wanted to keep it intact for our guests.”
“We’re close to three major highways, halfway between Victoria and Goliad, so whether people are heading to the Rio Grande Valley, the Coast, or down to South Padre, we’re a great place to stop for a while,” said Scooter.
The Reasers hired a former KOA owner and manager, Greg Dunagan, to manage their new park. Dunagan and his wife owned a KOA campground in Kansas before Greg became general manager of three of KOA’s company-owned campgrounds in Dallas, Las Vegas, and Sugarloaf Key, Florida.
“The location of this campground is extraordinary and the park itself is something special,” Dunagan said.
“I can’t wait for people to come here and experience it, and tell their friends about the unique atmosphere here. You just don’t find this wide-open, natural ranch feeling with the native beauty intact at most campgrounds.”
Dunagan said the campground will be a natural stop for empty-nesters and full-time RVers in the winter and shoulder seasons, as well as families with kids in the summer.
Victoria Coleto Creek KOA
Located within the Golden Crescent of Texas, Victoria Coleto Creek KOA offers premier RV accommodations in a beautiful natural country setting.
All campsites are full hook-up, with 20/30/50 electric service, free cable TV and WiFi.
Pull-through and back-in RV sites are available, many backing onto open space. Texas wildflowers, live oak trees, wildlife, birding, and a catfish pond are waiting for you.
Beautiful Coleto Creek Reservoir is only seconds away from the campground, and offers outstanding fresh-water fishing and water sports activities. The Central Gulf coast is a short drive, and offers amazing salt-water fishing and recreational opportunities as well.
Address: 500 Coleto Park Road, Victoria, TX 77905
Location: Midway between Victoria and Goliad off US-59; 13 miles west of Victoria; 14 miles east of Goliad
Phone: (361) 582-0222 or (800) 562-9394 (toll free)
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