Ratcliff 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 area offers opportunities for picnicking, swimming, fishing, and hiking.
The Four C National Recreation Trail is 20 miles and originates in the Ratcliff Recreation Area and goes to the Neches Bluff Overlook. Trail Tamers trail and Tall Pines trail both provide access to the Four C trail, while Lakeshore trail offers a short hike along the west side of the lake.
The recreation area has flush toilets and trash bins. Swimming is allowed in the designated area, but keep in mind there is no lifeguard on duty. Fishing is permitted with proper licenses, and boating is limited to electric trolling motors.
Activity pass is only valid in Day-use area and not in camping loops.
This location is available on a first-come, first-served basis only. Visitors are required to physically arrive at recreation area to purchase an Activity Pass. Once on-site, follow the posted instructions and pay for your Activity Pass by scanning the QR code using the Recreation.gov mobile app. Download and sign into the free Recreation.gov mobile app on Android or iOS prior to your arrival as some remote areas have limited or no cellular service: https://www.recreation.gov/mobile-app
All visitors must display a valid pass at day use fee sites where required. Please write the confirmation number down on a fee envelope, then put envelope with confirmation number in dash window of vehicle for proof of purchase.
This pass is valid until sundown on the date listed on the pass, and only for the date and vehicle specified for this pass.