Floyd & Fannie Salmon
Bluegrass Fun Weekend - April 25,26, & 27th 2014
17th Annual Gospel Bluegrass Festival - May 22,23,24, & 25th,2014
38th Annual Bluegrass Festival - Aug 28, 29, 30, & 31st 2014
SALMON LAKE PARK IS FOR SALE
Come Retire at Salmon Lake Park
We would like to invite you to come retire with us here at Salmon
Lake Park. With over 400 camper hookups, we have ample space for
you to stay with us year round and we'd love to have you. There are
plenty of shade trees, walking trails, a peaceful lake to take a swim
in or just to dip your toes in. We have full hookups for 30 & 50 amp
campers. Monthly prices include water, sewer & electricity.
50 amp $500.00 per month
30 amp $400.00 per month
We also have cabins available by the day, week and month, or we
invite you to live with us full time. Choose one of our comfortable
cabins to live in yearly.
Please Call 936-687-2594 during business hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00 to 12:00 and 1:00 to 5:00
1700 ft grass airstrip
WELCOME TO SALMON LAKE PARK
"Home of the Annual Bluegrass Festival"
HISTORY OF SALMON LAKE PARK
Floyd and Fannie Salmon of Grapeland could well fit the term
"Jack-of-all-Trades." It all began as part of their dream of
owning land with lots of trees and water.
In 1960, they acquired fifty acres of completely desolate land
which Floyd cleared and built himself, a lake for watering cattle.
A few years later, with the help of Floyd's dad, Jake, the idea
came to them to open their lake to the public. They began
transforming the land into a lovely, nostalgic park. The lake was
cleaned and made into a beautiful swimming lake with a sand
bottom, plenty of sand beaches, piers and diving boards. Almost
300 camper hookups were installed. Floyd was able to move old
buildings and mule-drawn equipment onto the land. Some of these
buildings date back to the early 1900's. He and Fannie began
renovating the buildings, being careful to keep the old style and
character of each building intact. The buildings are now being
used for cabins, reunion halls, old stores and other places of
business. Floyd then built a ten foot water wheel which would
power a grist mill. Salmon Lake Park is truly a beautiful park for
all to enjoy.
Salmon Lake Park is also Home of The Annual Bluegrass Festival
The seed was planted for the future of bluegrass music at Salmon
Lake Park when Earl Garner of Elkhart, Texas, dropped by and
suggested that the park would be a great place for a bluegrass
festival. Earl is a well-known personality in bluegrass music
throughout the country. Bluegrass music originated in the hills of
Kentucky and Virginia and spread southwest to become one of the
most popular forms of family entertainment. The instruments
used a flat-top guitar, fiddle, mandolin, upright bass, dobro and
five-string banjo. There are no electrical
Promoted by Joe Featherston and Floyd Salmon,
the first bluegrass festival became a reality in 1976.
Labor Day weekend was chosen for the annual event.
Friday evening marked the opening of the festival and
Sunday morning was enhanced with worship services and
bluegrass gospel music. These Labor Day weekend traditions are
still in existence. Gradually, arts and crafts were added
to accommodate the rapidly growing crowds. A variety of
home-cooked foods and cold drinks are readily available.
Also added is the Gospel Bluegrass Festival held every Memorial