Cherokee, Rusk
Lake Striker
Lake Striker Information:
Construction on the 2,400 surface acre Lake Striker dam began on Striker Creek in 1954. The lake was impounded in 1957. Maximum lake depth is 25 feet. The lake level stays fairly constant, fluctuating one to two feet annually. Lake water is used for recreational purposes, and to cool the Luminant Energy Power Plant and Southern Company’s new (2012) biomass fired power plant in Sacul, Texas. The City of Henderson has an option on water from Lake Striker for future municipal uses. Subdivisions are located on the shoreline. Homeowners lease the lots are leased. Approximately 2,000 acres of timberland is professionally managed by Farmer’s National Company. The east shore of the lake is located on CR 4255 between FM 839 and U.S. 79. The west shore is located on FM 3288 and local roads. Lake Striker is located just west of New Salem, 6 miles north of Reklaw, 20 miles east of Jacksonville, 19 miles northeast of Rusk, and 18 miles southwest of Henderson, Texas. From Reklaw, go north on FM 839.
Lake Striker Location Map 
Lake Striker Lake Level
Striker Creek:
Striker Creek rises 6 miles east of New Summerfield in northeastern Cherokee County and flows southeast for 21 miles through Rusk County to its mouth on the East Fork of the Angelina River, 2 miles west of Reklaw, Texas. The creek is dammed in its upper reaches to form Lake Striker.  
Striker Lakeside Marina and Café (Formerly Jubilee Park & Marina):
Amenities include a six room motel, 3 cabin rentals, RV and tent campsites, a picnic area, a fishing pier, a single lane boat ramp, a store selling live bait, a gas dock, a swimming area, and a café serving catfish, burgers, and other menu items. A boat ramp fee applies; open year round. The marina came under new management in July, 2010. (903) 854-2405. (903) 330-4955. 18560 CR 4256, Reklaw, Texas, 75784. From Rusk take U.S. 84 East 11 miles to Reklaw. Go one mile past Reklaw and turn north on FM 839. Go 7 miles to lake. Facebook  Reklaw Map; Click to Enlarge    
Learn to Camp at Texas Parks & Wildlife State Parks' Outdoor Family Camping Workshops:
Theseworkshops are family camping sessions designed to teach camping skills to those who do not know how to camp; everything is provided from tent to broom. Gear includes a coffee pot, dishes, cooking pots, a camp stove, a battery operated fan and lantern, air mattresses, and a tent. Basic skills taught include pitching a tent, making a campfire, cooking on a propane camp stove, geocaching and using a GPS. Wildlife viewing, fishing and kayaking are available depending on the park and its facilities. After making reservations, families will be sent a packet of information which includes a grocery list. Those interested in this program may sign up for E-Mail Updates on Currently Scheduled Workshops. (512) 389-8903. Calendar
Birding Cherokee and Rusk Counties:
Texas Birds Checklist
Bird Checklist for Pineywoods of Eastern Texas
Northeast Texas Bird Checklist
Martin Creek Lake State Park Bird Checklist
Gus Engeling WMA Bird Checklist, Tennessee Colony & Palestine
Airboats and towing a parasail or parachute require special permits. (903) 854-4559.
Fishing Lake Striker:
The lake level stays fairly constant, fluctuating one to two feet annually. Predominant fish species include largemouth bass, spotted bass, catfish, and crappie.
Lake Striker Lake Level
Current Lake Survey Report 
Lake Striker Fish Body Records 
Lake Striker Fish Stocking History 
ShareLunker Program, Largemouth Bass:
The ShareLunker program began in 1986 as a way to improve Texas’ largemouth bass population by selectively breeding trophy fish. It is limited to largemouth bass weighing 13 pounds or more. Fish must be weighted on certified or legal for trade scales. Possession of the live fish must be transferred to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department representative within 12 hours after capture. Since the program’s inception, more than 400 largemouth bass have been donated from 55 public reservoirs and more than a dozen private lakes. As the program grew it became apparent that a new fish hatchery that was specifically tailored to the program was needed. Specifications called for the facility to be built within 50 miles of Lake Fork, because the majority of big fish are caught there. In 1998 the Edwin L. Cox, Jr., Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, Texas was completed. Call (903) 681-0550. 24 hour pager: 1-888-784-0600.  Official Weigh and Holding Stations  
Mosquito Informationfor Texas:
The months of April through October are the worst months for mosquitoes. . Mosquitoes love standing water, and love you when you eat bananas. Mosquitoes are also attracted to some perfumes, including perfumed shampoos. Rub yourself with Bounce Fabric Softener sheets, or with Vicks Vapor Rub or pure Mexican Vanilla. Some swear taking a daily vitamin B-1 pill works to repel mosquitoes. Planting Marigolds in your yard repels mosquitoes. On a picnic table try covering the bottom of a white plate with “lemon fresh” dish wash soap or use citronella candles. Home Depot sometimes sells the candles in small metal buckets. The ThermaCell Mosquito Repellant is also quite effective in ridding small outdoor areas of mosquitos. Dynatrap Company makes a large standing electric mosquito machine that works like electric bug zappers. It is very successful at making large areas mosquito free. When purchasing mosquito repellent buy those with the ingredient N, N-diethyl-M-toluamide. Some that work include Off! Deep Woods, Off! Family Care Unscented with Aloe Vera, Cutter Unscented, Maggie’s Farm Natural, EcoSmart, All terrain Herbal Armor, Off Clip On, and Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Oil with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E (expensive). The fine net clothing available from Cabela’s and other sporting goods stores is highly effective in preventing mosquito bites.