Located on Lake Livingston, 80 miles north of Houston, the Onalaska area offers outdoor and recreational activities that provide fun for all ages. Visitors and residents will find a great selection of campgrounds, RV parks, marinas, and restaurants. Nearby is Livingston's monthly Trade Days with over 400 booths and two covered pavilions on 200 acres in a park-type atmosphere. All ages can enjoy a visit to the Alabama Coushatta Indian Reservation and the Polk County Museum.
When Lake Livingston was completed in 1969, and with the coming of the water, new life sprang into the little town. Almost overnight Onalaska blossomed with new shops and businesses popping up everywhere. The immediate area now has a population of approximately 4,000 permanent residents, with weekend visitors often pushing that number to 10,000 or more.
The Onalaska area, because of its location at the heart of Lake Livingston, has become a popular vacation and retirement community, and despite its growth, still retains a small-town quality with a country atmosphere.