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LAKESide Community Recreation

At The Commons of Lake Houston, outdoor adventures and lakeside recreation are around every corner.  All great communities have parks and pools, but we go the extra mile.  Make that over 30 miles of nature trails that span a 3,000-acre grid, connecting the community for mountain biking, jogging, even horseback riding.  With over 12,000-acre Lake Houston as our back yard, enjoy The Arboretum, a 65-acre waterfront park and preserve.  Spend the day on our white sandy beach, or plan a lakeside picnic with the family on a beautiful spring day. Here you can truly slow down and listen to the outdoors. This is a special place for friends and family, where memories may be shared and new ones created. The quality of the lakeside recreation at The Commons is simply quite spectacular.

Lakeside Parks

The Arboretum – The Signorelli Company, developer of The Commons of Lake Houston, has always taken a green approach to development.  At The Commons, the opportunity to create a 60-acre shoreline reserve, aptly named, “The Arboretum”, is a community amenity to enjoy forever.  With extensive shoreline on the sandy shores of Lake Houston near the mouth of the San Jacinto River, this is an outdoorsman’s dream. 

The natural habitat and pristine setting has been substantially protected, so residents and guests living in The Commons can enjoy the lake in its natural setting in perpetuity. The low impact park road winds through the pristine setting, enabling guests to access various gathering points - playgrounds, picnic areas, and our famous, natural sandy beach.

Nature trails weave through The Arboretum, providing a peaceful setting for walking, cycling or jogging from one open park area to the next.  Piers and boat ramps along the shoreline allow for easy boating, canoeing, kayaking, or paddle boarding.  Birding, hiking, and the great outdoors are heavily supported by The Signorelli Company, and this park will surely be a crown jewel from a developer who cares as much about the land as they do about the communities they develop.

North Lakeside Park – This private park for residents of The Commons and their guests features almost a half mile of shoreline.  With boat ramps, fishing piers, playgrounds, BBQ pits, picnic tables, and fields for everything from Frisbee golf to tossing a football, it’s a setting you won’t find in your typical community. 

Lake Houston Wilderness Park – Situated directly across the lake from the North Park and The Commons is Lake Houston State Park offering 4,800 acres of preserved forest in its natural setting.  Here you will find opportunities for camping, hiking and fishing. Cabins are available for overnight rental. Activities include 12 miles of hike and bike trails, kayaking on tree-lined creeks, and horseback riding on 8 miles of equestrian trails (bring your own horses, bikes and watercraft). The park is heavily forested and nurtures abundant wildlife.

Another attraction is the Lake Houston Wilderness Park Nature Center, a fun, educational place for young and old alike. It offers displays of forest and wetland habitats, amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates, and a mural depicting the life cycle of butterflies.

For more information about Lake Houston Wilderness Park and the Nature Center, click here.

Lake Houston - Rich in History

Lake Houston is a reservoir on the west fork of the San Jacinto River, 15 miles northeast of downtown Houston. It is situated between the communities of Kingwood, Atascocita and Humble on the west bank, Sheldon on the south, and Crosby and Huffman on the east. Created in 1953 to replace Sheldon Lake, then the primary source of water for the city, Lake Houston is the secondary municipal water supply for the City of Houston after Lake Livingston. An earthen dam spans a portion of the southern bank along Dwight D. Eisenhower Park. The City of Houston annexed the Lake Houston area and a 22.5-mile canal in 1956. The city sold Sheldon Lake to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for use as a waterfowl sanctuary and public fishing site.

A Paradise for Fishing, Boating and Birding

With a surface area of nearly 12,000 acres, Lake Houston has been stocked with species of fish intended to improve the utility of the reservoir for recreational fishing.  Fish present in Lake Houston include catfish, largemouth bass, white crappie and bluegill. Lake Houston is also home to many rare and beautiful bird species including the White Pelican. Boating, water skiing and jet skiing are popular recreational uses of the lake, and overnight camping is available at nearby Lake Houston Wilderness Park.