Cherokee, Rusk
Lake Striker
Lake Striker Information:
The 1,863 surface acre Lake Striker was impounded on Striker Creek 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; lots are leased. 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 Location Map 
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 Bird Checklist with Photos
Bird Checklist for Pineywoods of Eastern Texas
Northeast Texas Bird Checklist
Cherokee County Bird Checklist with Photos
Rusk County Bird Checklist with Photos
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. Current Survey Report  Lake Records  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. Rules for Certified Hand Held Scales
Hunting Lake Striker:
Waterfowl hunting by boat is allowed during migratory waterfowl season only. Shooting from the shoreline is not permitted. Hunting of waterfowl is permitted only with a shotgun which is no larger than 12 gauge. Use of buckshot, slugs and shot larger than No.2 are prohibited. (903) 854-4559.
Hunt Texas Online Connection:
More than 95% of Texas land is privately owned, making it hard for hunters to find affordable hunting opportunities. The Texas Parks and Wildlife has a huge public hunting program, and has developed a new service to help hunters find hunting places. This new service is provided free by the TPWD. It allows landowners to list available hunting leases or spots that have opened up, and allows hunters to find private hunting leases according to their preferences. 
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