The City of Livingston is the county seat of Polk County, in Upper East Texas at the junction of US Highways 190 and 59. It is located about 70 miles north of Houston and 65 miles south of Nacogdoches.
Polk County is the gateway between the Texas Forest Country and Texas Gulf Coast Area, providing fishing, hunting, outdoor activities, antiquing, hometown restaurants and much more.
In the midst of the Big Thicket forest in Polk County lies Texas' oldest Indian Reservation, home of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas.
Nearby Lake Livingston is the second largest lake located within the borders of Texas. It has over 450 miles of shoreline and 90,000 acres of surface area.
Special events are held throughout the year and center around the participation of families. Livingston Trade Days is a quarterly event held in Pedigo Park where vendors sell a variety of crafts, antiques, and collectibles. Downtown activities are held on July 4th with Picnic in the Park, Saturday Farmers Market during the summer months and a highlight of the year is Hometown Christmas held each December.
Livingston Website Resources
|In 2010, Livingston had a population of 5,335 residents|
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Interactive Map of Livingston (courtesy of Google)
Map Showing Location of Livingston in Deep East Texas
Scenes Around Livingston
Polk County Courthouse
Polk County Memorial Museum
Joe Pedigo Park in Livingston, Texas ... established in 1989
Trade Days in Joe Pedigo Park in Livingston, Texas
Livingston Trade Days in Pedigo Park
Locomotive No. 5 on display in Heritage Park in Livingston, Texas
Livingston, Texas Municipal Library
Learn details about the library at Livingston Municipal Library
Lake Livingston was built, and is owned and operated, by the Trinity River Authority of Texas (TRA) under contract with the City of Houston for water-supply purposes. It is located on the Trinity River in Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity and Walker counties.
It covers 90,000 acres, and is 31 miles long and 9 miles wide.
The lake is the second-largest lake located wholly within the state of Texas (Sam Rayburn Reservoir is larger).
Lake Livingston is a notable white bass fishery. White bass are plentiful and grow to large sizes. Also notable is the catfish fishery, dominated by blue catfish. Largemouth bass, striped bass, and crappie are less abundant but good catches are possible in areas of the reservoir where habitat is available.
Read more about Lake Livingston State Park.
The Livingston Dam, constructed across the Trinity River 7 miles southwest of the city of Livingston is 2.5 miles in length. The lake has an average depth of 55 feet, and a maximum depth of 90 feet.
Lake Livingston Dam
Sam Rayburn Reservoir
Sam Rayburn Reservoir is located on the Angelina River, and its dam is located in Jasper County approximately 15 miles north of Jasper. The lake has a surface area of 114,500 acres, and a maximum depth of 80 feet. The lake was impounded in 1965.
The most popular game fish at Sam Rayburn Reservoir is the largemouth bass; an excellent year-round fishery exists. Habitat in Sam Rayburn Reservoir consists of submerged aquatic vegetation, standing timber, and flooded terrestrial vegetation.
Shown to the right is an overhead view of the Lake Rayburn dam (photo courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers).
Other East Texas Attractions
While visiting the Livingston area, you may want to take other interesting day trips in several directions:
- Coldspring - Davy Crockett National Forest, Sam Houston National Forest, Lake Livingston, Double Lake Recreational Area
- Groveton - Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area, Davy Crockett National Forest
- Crockett - Houston County Museum, Monroe-Cook House, Houston County Lake, Grapeland Drive-Thru Safari, Piney Woods Fine Arts Association
- Center - Toledo Bend Reservoir, Shelby County Museum, What-A-Melon Festival, bird watching
- Lumberton - Big Thicket National Preserve, Village Creek State Park, Village Creek Paddling Trail, and the Roy E. Larson “Sandyland” Sanctuary, The Ice House Museum, Kirby-Hill House, Hardin County Museum, County Seat Music Hall, Pelt Farm Museum, and Kountze Trade Days.
- Jasper - Toledo Bend Reservoir, Sandy Creek Park, Azalea Festival in March, Air Show in April, Jasper Lions Club Rodeo in May, a Fourth of July Celebration, and the Fall Festival in October.
- Woodville - Tyler County Dogwood Festival, Festival of the Arts and the Harvest Festival. Outdoor activities abound in the nearby Martin Dies Jr. State Park and the Big Thicket National Preserve.
- Newton - Toledo Ben Reservoir, Sam Rayburn Reservoir
- Hemphill - Recreational opportunities abound in the Hemphill area, with its closeness to the Sabine National Forest, Toledo Bend Reservoir, Sam Rayburn Reservoir and the Trail Between the Lakes. Also popular attractions are the Sabine County Jail Museum and Vergie Speights Memorial Library. In town is the Patricia Huffman Smith NASA "Remembering Columbia" Museum
- Port Arthur - Pompeiian Villa, Sea Rim State Park, Museum of the Gulf Coast, Sabine Pass Battleground State Historical Park, Dutch Windmill Museum and the French House
- Orange - Frances Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts, Sangri La Botanical Gardens, W.H. Stark House, Stark Museum of Art, Blue Elbow Swamp & Tony Houseman WMA
- Nacogdoches - Spring azalea trails, Ruby Mize Azalea Garden, Mast Arboretum
- Rusk - Texas State Railroad, Cherokee Civic Theatre, Grapeland Drive Thru Safari
- Lufkin - Ellen Trout Zoo, Cotton Square Heritage Park, First Street Arts Center, Texas Forestry Museum
- Beaumont - Ben J. Rogers Regional Visitors Center, Beaumont Botanical Gardens, Crockett Street Entertainment District, McFaddin-Ward House and Museum, Texas Energy Museum, Fire Museum of Texas, Babe Didrikson Zaharias Memorial Museum, St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, and the Big Thicket National Preserve
- Tyler - Municipal Rose Garden, TJC Planetarium, Caldwell Zoo, Tyler Museum of Art, Lake Tyler, Lake Palestine, Rose Rudman Recreational Trail, Cotton Belt Depot, Goodman-LeGrand House
- Toledo Bend Reservoir - boating, fishing, swimming, marinas, hiking, camping, golf, resorts, restaurants
Travel Information for the Livingston Area