The Southern Empress, A Lake Conroe Landmark

Southern Empress

Southern Empress at sunset.

When you stay at the Lake Conroe KOA, you’re just minutes away from the dock in nearby Willis for the Southern Empress, an elegant paddleboat that recreates the opulence of the 1880s.

The grandeur and charm of this authentic riverboat serve as an elegant setting for Sunday Brunch, a Luncheon on the Lake or a romantic evening of dinner and dancing.

An antique-style bar, custom-cut leaded and beveled crystal doors and windows, chandeliers, polished brass, solid oak carved moldings, and raised paneling compliment the grand interior of this gracious Southern lady. Authentic embossed tin ceilings and a rich setting of colors and textures that include wine and violet velour, damask linens, delicate lace and floral carpets add to the ambiance and charm of the Southern Empress.

Red pin marks the dock for the Southern Empress on the eastern shore of Lake Conroe.

Red pin marks the dock for the Southern Empress on the eastern shore of Lake Conroe.

The cruises feature a variety of entertainers throughout the year with great music of the ’60, ‘70s, ‘80s and beyond. Two of the three spacious decks on the Southern Empress are enclosed and offer year-round cruising comfort.

The Southern Empress is docked at the Sunset Harbor Resort in Willis.

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Plan to stay at Lake Conroe KOA while you enjoy a cruise on Lake Conroe.


Enjoy the Wine and Chocolate Trail

chocolate_trailThe Wine and Chocolate Trail is a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

For four days on the first two weekends of February, your trail ticket allows you to sample two wine tastings paired with a wonder chocolate delicacy at each of the seven member wineries along the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail.

When you arrive at your first winery, you will receive a 12 oz. commemorative wine glass to use and keep for all of your tastings. In addition, visit all seven member wineries and each ticket holder will receive a commemorative Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail two-stage professional wine opener. The value of this ticket, with goodies, is over $85 per person.

Your single ticket is priced at $30 plus handling fees and tax, or save 10% when you purchase a Ticket-for-Two priced at $50 plus handling fees and tax. Your ticket purchased for this event is good February 1-2 & 8-9, regardless of your purchase date.

The wine and chocolate pairings are listed below.

Bernhardt Winery: Receive a welcoming taste of our Cabernet Sauvignon followed with a Tex-Mex Chocolate Cake paired with Aggie Blush.

Cork This! Winery: Receive a welcoming taste of our One Night Stand, Cabernet Sauvignon followed with Chocolate Cobbler, paired with “Alchoholiday? Peach Apricot Chardonnay.

Messina Hof Winery & Resort: Receive a welcoming taste of our Sophia Marie Rose followed with a Dark chocolate jalapeno truffle paired with Solera Sherry.

Pleasant Hill Winery: Receive a welcoming taste of our Cab/Zin blend – Collina Rossa followed with a Blonde Port Brownie paired with Portejas Blanco.

Peach Creek Winery: Receive a welcoming taste of our Tailgater, a dry Merlot, followed with Slow-Roasted Chicken and Rice with Chocolate Mole Sauce, paired with Valiente, a semi-sweet Lenoir.

Saddlehorn Winery: Receive a welcoming taste of our Blanc du Bois followed with Texas Two Step Black Spanish Port & Madeira Brownie paired with Black Spanish Port.

Windy Winery:  Receive a welcoming taste of our Syrah followed with Chocolate Panna Cotta with a Tejas Port Wine sauce paired with Independence, dry Lenoir.

wine trail map

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The Lake Conroe KOA (located on the lake in the top righthand corner of the map above) is convenient to all seven participating wineries. To book your next stay at our campground, call (800) 562-9750 or call (936) 582-1200 for more information. Visit our website at

Romance at Lake Conroe KOA in 2014

Lake Conroe cabinsIt’s not too early to be thinking about that special holiday in February – Valentine’s Day!

The Lake Conroe KOA is promoting its Valentine’s Weekend Special: stay Friday, Feb. 14, in our 1-bedroom deluxe cabin and Saturday is free!

You and your valentine are lovingly invited to a romantic weekend where you can join us for fun activities or you can just spend time together. Activities Include:Lake Conroe Valentine's logo

  • Social Hour with Appetizers and Cocktails
  • Count The Kisses
  • Open the Chocolate Candy Bar
  • Chocolate Sundae Competition
  • S’mores around the Campfire
  • The Kissing Game
  • Couples Questions
  • Marriage Advice Game

To make this weekend more special, here are some handy phone numbers for local businesses that will help make this weekend complete: Local Florist – Pecan Hill Florist (936) 597-4060
; Local Winery – Cork This Winery (936) 597-4030.

Reserve online or call (800) 562-9750 and reference Hot Deal Code: CI.

Visit Sam Houston National Forest

San Houston National Forest mapAnother point of interest near Lake Conroe KOA is the Sam Houston National Forest, one of four national forests in Texas. The 163,037-acre forest straddles three counties and is located just north of the Lake Conroe KOA (see map).

Outdoor recreation opportunities include camping, hiking, bicycling and wildlife viewing. Fishing, trapping and public hunting of white-tailed deer, feral hog, waterfowl, dove, other migratory game birds, squirrel, quail, rabbits, hares, predators, furbearers and frogs are permitted.

Sam Houston N.F. entry signA permit is required from the U.S. Forest Service to ride horses or ATVs on designated trails. Use of horses is allowed year round. The forest is intermingled with privately owned timberlands and small farms.

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Plan to stay at Lake Conroe KOA this winter and be sure to enjoy the Sam Houston National Forest during your visit. Call (800) 562-9750 or visit to make your reservation.