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Please Note: The Front Group Shelter is now open for reservations. The remainder of Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area is closed until further notice due to tornado damage. Please check back for updates.
RATCLIFF LAKE RECREATION AREA, TX
part ofNational Forests and Grasslands in Texas, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Wed Dec 31 2014 Season Dates
OverviewRatcliff Lake Recreation Area was built in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It surrounds a picturesque 45-acre lake that was once a log pond and a source of water for the Central Coal and Coke Company sawmill which operated from 1902 to 1920.
The facility is open year-round and includes a large campground, picnic areas, a reservable amphitheater, a swim area and many opportunities for outdoor recreation. Camping is available year-round.
The Davy Crockett National Forest, named for the legendary pioneer, contains more than 160,000 acres of East Texas woodlands, streams, recreation areas and wildlife habitat. Located in Houston and Trinity Counties, the forest is centrally located within the Neches and Trinity River basins.
The campground is heavily forested with loblolly pine, oak and other hardwoods, and surrounds Ratcliff Lake. A wide variety of wildlife exists in the area, including the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker.
Swimming, fishing, hunting, hiking and picnicking are the area's main activities. The designated swimming area and playground provides much fun for the kids (no lifeguard on duty).
Ratcliff has 77 campsites, most of which are first-come, first-served. Reservable sites in the Dogwood Loop have electric hookups and can accommodate vehicles up to 50 ft. long. Flush toilets, hot and cold showers and trash bins are also provided.
The Big Slough Wilderness Area, located along the Neches River about five miles north of Ratcliff, is free of modern development and gives the visitor a place for solitude and primitive experiences.
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Know Before You Go
Due to the spread of invasive insects, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Help protect our forests by purchasing or collecting firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Click here for more information.
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Crockett, Texas, take State Highway 7 east for 15 miles. The recreation area is on the left between the towns of Ratcliff and Kennard.
Mailing Address:RATCLIFF LAKE RECREATION AREA
18551 State Highway 7 East
KENNARD TX 75487
Phone Number:Information: (936)655-2299