About Us

The Camp Wood Lodging Family:

Our family has been in the Nueces Canyon area for several generations.   My grandfather, Z. T. Vernor, had a store in Vance when it was a thriving community back in the early 20’s.  The building was later moved to Camp Wood by wagon and team.  It still stands on the southwest corner of highway 55 and 337.   Mill Wheel was a favorite swimming hole back then and still is a very deep hole of water at the picnic area of our guest houses. ( I have a picture of my mother with the old wheel taken when she was about 13 years old, about 1920.)

The older I get the more I realize what a blessing it has been to belong to such a great community where we still get together often with classmates that we have known all of our lives.  We can laugh about how the guys made so much fun of us gushing over Elvis in the 50’s, share about our wages as we worked at the picture show for $1.25 a night which was a lot better than making $3.00 a day working at the cafe or the drugstore.  We also got to see a movie free when we worked one of the nights it showed.  I still have the old 50’s soda fountain from those drugstore days and memories that will last a lifetime.  It is a great place to visit!

Plan to come and stay with us at one of our guest houses or the motel.  We’d love to have you!


The Birdwatching Park:

Enjoy the peace and quiet of the Nueces Canyon at Mill Wheel. The river is flowing by and the birds are singing. Butterflies light on the bushes and sip the sweet nectar from the various varieties of delicious fruit offered. A pair of roadrunners stay in the picnic area and are spotted from time to time. Also, we sometimes see a swan swimming on the river behind the River House. This is “country at its best”!