Description - Purtis Creek State Park is located in Henderson and Van Zandt Counties and has a total acreage of 1582.4. The park was acquired in 1977 from private owners and was opened to the public in 1988.
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One of two wheelchair accessible, lighted fishing piers
- Good fishing and shady campsites are the major attractions at Purtis Creek. The park's unique 355-acre lake was designed specifically for fishing, where largemouth bass are plentiful and can be fished on a "catch and release" basis only. Also, large catfish and crappie are abundant and may be retained. The park rents paddle boats and canoes. Additionally, Interpretive programs are given every Saturday morning and afternoon from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Special programs are given for groups upon request.
The facilities available are campsites with water and electricity; primitive campsites (minimum mile hike-in); an overflow camping area; lighted fishing piers; fish-cleaning shelters; rearing/trout ponds; boat ramps; courtesy docks; picnic sites; and a playground.
Nearby points of interest are Fairfield Lake and Tyler State Parks; Texas State Railroad State Historical Park; Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center; First Monday Trade Days in Canton; Cedar Creek Reservoir; and the Dallas/Ft Worth areas.
For reservations, call 512/389-8900. Current weather conditions, including fire bans and water levels, can vary from day to day. For more details, call the park or Park Information at 1-800-792-1112.
Recreation - Recreational opportunities offered by the Purtis Creek State Park include, camping, picnicking, fishing, boating, and hiking and interpretive programs.
Climate - Temperatures within the park range from a July average high of 96 degrees to a January average low of 36. April and May are the wettest months and the first/last freeze is November 26/March 11. Current weather conditions can vary from day to day. For more details, call the park or Park Information at 1-800-792-1112.
Purtis Creek State Park is situated within the Pineywoods area of Texas. From the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, travel 65 miles east on US Highway 175 to Eustace, then left (north) on FM 316 for 3.5 miles. From the Athens area, travel 12 miles west on US Highway 175 to Eustace, then go right (north) on FM 316 for 3.5 miles.