Lake Monticello Information:
The 2,001 surface acre Lake Monticello is located on Blundell and Smith Creeks in the Cypress River Basin. It was impounded on in 1972, and has a maximum depth of 40 feet. The power plant uses the lake water for cooling its electric generators. This keeps the lake temperature at 72 degrees and provides good year round fishing. Lake Cypress Springs and Lake Monticello are separated from Lake Bob Sandlin by their respective dams. Lake Cypress Springs is located on FM 3007, on the western side of Lake Bob Sandlin. Lake Monticello is located off FM 127, off the northeast end of Lake Bob Sandlin. Lake Bob Sandlin is located approximately 8 miles southwest of Mount Pleasant, Texas, in Titus County in the Pineywoods Region of East Texas.
Big Cypress Bayou (Creek):
The bayou is 140 miles long; it is sometimes called Big Cypress Creek. The bayou is formed in the southern part of Franklin County and flows eastward into Camp, Titus, Morris, Marion, and Harrison Counties. Five major water impoundments are located on the Bayou including Lake O' The Pines, Monticello Reservoir, Lake Cypress Springs, Lake Bob Sandlin and Caddo Lake. Lake Franklin County, a small impoundment, is located at the headwaters of the bayou. Big Cypress Bayou flows for approximately 38 miles in its upper reaches and an additional 34 miles between Lake O' The Pines and Caddo Lake. Running its entire course through a heavily forested region of northeast Texas, these upper reaches of the bayou are subject to varying water conditions and are not always suitable for recreational use. Log jams are prevalent when floating Big Cypress Bayou and may hinder navigation.
Titus County Park at Lake Monticello & Boat Ramps:
Boat ramps give access to both Bob Sandlin and Monticello Lakes. Park amenities include restrooms with showers and 28 campsites with picnic tables; 10 have BBQ grills. Warm water (72 degrees) fishing is available year-round due to the power plant’s usage of Monticello Lake water for cooling electric generators. The campsites may not be reserved. Park fees apply. The park office is open 7am-5pm. (903) 572-2398. The park is located on CR 15 off FM 127.
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
Due to budget constraints, TX-DOT no longer maintains a website offering spring wildflower sightings. Information is available at the Texas Highways Magazine
Birding - TEXAS PRAIRIES AND PINEYWOODS EAST BIRDING TRAIL:
Mt. Vernon Loop:
Tira, Sulphur Springs, Cooper, Talco, Mount Vernon, Winfield, Winnsboro
Texas Birds Checklist
Bird Checklist for Pineywoods of Eastern Texas
Northeast Texas Bird Checklist
Easter Texas Pineywoods Woodpeckers Checklist
Fishing Lake Monticello:
Predominant fish species include largemouth bass, channel catfish, and bluegill and redear sunfish. Fishing regulations include special bag limits
for this lake. Commercial fishing maps may be available. Current Lake Level
Current Survey Report
Fish Stocking History
Current Fishing Report
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. (903) 681-0550. 24 hour pager: (888) 784-0600. Official Weigh and Holding Stations
Lake Monticello Directions:
Lake Monticello is located off FM 127, off the northeast end of Lake Bob Sandlin. Lake Bob Sandlin is located approximately 8 miles southwest of Mount Pleasant, Texas.