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  • FM 512 River Park and Carl Park, TX

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    These are two small parks whose basic purpose is to provide boat ramps. FM 521 park is located on the Colorado River about 5 miles southwest of Wadsworth, while Carl Park is about 10 miles west of FM 521 park. Both are located along FM 521.

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    We stopped at FM 521 park to enjoy lunch by the Colorado River and did not spend the night. A sign near the entrance stated that camping was allowed with a three-day limit.

    Date of visit: Feb 2012

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    Not much in the way of amenities here - a porta-potty and a trash dumpster. "Camping" is in a parking lot with the river on one side and a grassy field on the other.

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    There are several picnic tables and a pavilion along the river bank.

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    A ramp leads down to a dock on the edge of the river.

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    The boat ramp struck me as rather steep.

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    Carl County Park is located about 10 miles west of FM 521 park. It's even more primitive than FM 521 Park - no toilet or dumpster.

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    There are a few picnic tables around the parking lot. The sign at the emtrance states nothing about camping, but I found at least one web site that says camping is allowed.

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    It also offers a long dock along the Tres Palacios River, where one can tie up a boat or do some fishing.