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Saltwater swimming pool & Artesian fed Swim Lake


Conference Center

Offering a variety of meeting rooms, overnight accommodations and dining options for every event!


Log Cabins & Private Homes

Cabin rentals on lakes to fit any size family.


Plan your romantic getaway!

Log cabins nestled in nature set the tone for your relaxing weekend away!


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Nature focused activities... Fun for the whole family!
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Log Cabin Rentals

Authentic Log Cabins, Log Suites
& Private Homes

Sassafras Meeting Room

Conference Center

Group & Corporate Retreats
Meeting Rooms
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Artesian Lakes Property

Purchase a waterfront home or waterfront lot in the adjacent Artesian Lakes Community.  The perfect place for a second home for today, maybe a retirement home for tomorrow.


The Retreat at Artesian Lakes (formerly Chain – O – Lakes Resort & Conference Center) is a uniquely designed, nature-focused facility with authentic log cabins and log suites, ideal for weekend getaways, family vacations, romantic getaways, garden weddings, group retreats, corporate retreats and business conferences.

Located on the edge of the Texas Big Thicket National Preserve, about one hour north of Houston, The Retreat at Artesian Lakes offers overnight accommodations in authentic log cabins, log suites, and private log homes.

Please note that all guests must stop and register at the Hospitality House front desk upon arrival.  Contactless check-in, which was offered during the C19 pandemic, is no longer available.  All guests need to review and sign our recently updated registration and policies packet before proceeding to their accommodation.  Thank you!

Boat Policy:  The central amenity of Artesian Lakes is the pristine nature of our lakes.  We cannot let this water quality be at risk of invasion by two aggressive aquatic species that have now infested at least 24 Texas lakes, including nearby Lake Livingston. Therefore, as of November 1, 2021, guests may not bring their personal watercraft. No exceptions. We have purchased additional canoes and kayaks, which are now available for rental thru the front desk, to ensure our guests can continue to enjoy our lakes. Thank you for your cooperation in preserving this natural resource for future generations! Read more here.

Our History

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Every so often, across this great and bountiful country, Mother Nature is especially kind to a certain small slice of her landscape. These special places are distinguished by their visual or geological esthetics as well as an intangible “energy” or “feel” about them. The Retreat at Artesian Lakes is such a place, and for over a century has served as a retreat for outdoor and nature enthusiasts, a special place for respite and rejuvenation. The story begins eons ago when this land was in the center of an “ox-bow” of the Trinity River for many thousands of years. What this means is that the river made a sharp 180° reversal of its direction; literally a u-turn. When heavy rains upriver…

Brazos Cabin

Large log cabin featuring spacious living & dining room with gas fireplace, two downstairs bedrooms with queen beds, a loft with two queen beds and two full bathrooms.  The kitchen has a full-size refrigerator, stove, sink, microwave oven, coffee maker, toaster and dishes, silverware and glasses for eight guests; cookware is not included.  

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Everything was great. Wonderful food, friendly service. I will for sure make more reservations.


The home was perfect for our family. The children loved the fishing and alligators. I love what you did with the swimming pool and fish pond.


Quiet and peaceful visit. It was nice to get away from everyday life and be close to home.


The community is beautiful......far enough from the big city but close enough for a weekend getaway. It's our choice....quiet and relaxing.

JaneStayed in The Lake House

Our cabin was fantastic, it was tucked away and private. Loved being able to fish off the deck whenever we wanted, canoeing was awesome we had never done that before and my kids loved seeing the gators, snapping alligator turtles, and our nightly visits from the raccoons lol.