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part ofLake O' The Pines, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates


Johnson Creek Day Use Area is situated along the banks of the Lake O' the Pines in the pine woods of east Texas. With convenient access to the water provided from the day use area, visitors are able to easily enjoy a day of boating or swimming in addition to picnicking.

Natural Features:

Lake O' the Pines includes about 18,700 acres of water and 9,000 acres of land. The Johnson Creek Day Use Area is located near the confluence of Johnson Creek and Lake O' the Pines.

The lake was created by the construction of the Ferrell's Bridge Dam on the Big Cypress Bayou. The reservoir was originally created as part of the overall plan for flood control in the Red River Basin below Denison Dam in Oklahoma, and has now become a recreational oasis for outdoor enthusiasts.


Boating, fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing are all popular pastimes at Johnson Creek.

Lake O' the Pines fishing includes largemouth small mouth and hybrid bass along with crappie, sunfish and catfish. In addition to boat fishing, there are also areas for bank fishing along the shore and below the dam along Big Cypress Bayou.

The surrounding 4,500 acres of federally owned property includes excellent hunting opportunities. In addition, the lake surface provides some of the best waterfowl hunting in East Texas.


Johnson Creek offers a large group picnic shelter, complete with electric hookups, that can accommodate up to 100 guests.

A boat ramp, dock and swimming beach are also provided, making the area perfect for large parties or family functions.

Nearby Attractions:

Other historic and tourist attractions are nearby in the towns of Jefferson and Marshall, and Texas Wildflower Trail routes are located along the roads surrounding the lake.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Amphitheater
  • Beach Access
  • Boating
  • Dock
  • Electric Hookups
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Parking Area
  • Swimming
  • Trails
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • The rental of the pavilion includes up to 25 vehicles per group. Each vehicle beyond the 25 vehicles will be charged a $4 area use fee.
  • No off-road vehicles permitted
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
32.78917, -94.54806
32°47'21"N, 94°32'53"W

From Jefferson, Texas, travel 4 miles northwest on Highway 49. Turn left onto FM 729 and continue for just over 7 miles, then turn left again onto FM 726. After nearly 5 miles the park entrance will be on the right.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

2336 FM 726
Jefferson  TX  75657

Phone Number:

Project Office: (903)665-2336
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