Wallisville Lake Trinity River Project Information:
The 23,000 Wallisville Lake Trinity River Project is located on both sides of the Trinity River from just below the lock and dam on the north end, to the community of Moss Bluff on the south end. It is not really a lake, but the project does include several lakes. This project permits the Trinity River to be navigable by pleasure boats from its mouth at Trinity Bay just west of Anahuac, to as far north as Liberty, Texas. The Galveston Bay area shrimp fleet utilizes the Trinity as a safe harbor during major hurricane events. The lock and dam for this project is not the typical high concrete structures with the long sets of gates found in most Army Corps of Engineers projects. This system consists of a four gate concrete saltwater control structure. The gates are usually standing fully opened above the waterline because there is no reservoir above the dam. A wooden structure lifts boats upstream and lowers them downstream. The dam prevents saltwater from intruding into the fresh upstream water. The project consists of seven lakes and several burrows that are large enough to be called lakes. Without creating a reservoir, these lakes and streams have been allowed to remain natural, and are available for fishing, wildlife viewing and other uses. The lock and dam gates are open for traffic from 7am-6pm daily. Pull chains on either end of the lock's guide walls ring the phones in the office to notify the office when traffic wants through; just pull the chains and someone comes right out to open the gates. Facilities at the site include Structure A in the Cut-Off near Pickett's Bayou, Structure B at the head of Lost River, and the parks and recreation areas. Most of the project is accessible by boat only. The alligators in the project area are generally non-aggressive, however during the nesting season in late spring and early summer, the females are protective of their nests and after hatching, they are protective of their young. (409) 389-2285.
Moss Bluff, Texas Area Map
Wallisville Lake Project Map & Duck Blinds Hunting Map
The Trinity River rises in three principal branches, the East Fork, the Elm Fork, and the West Fork; a shorter and smaller fourth stream is named the Clear Fork. The East Fork of the Trinity River rises in central Grayson County and flows south seventy-eight miles, through Collin, Rockwall, Dallas, and Kaufman Counties, to the southwestern part of Kaufman County, where it joins the West Fork. The Elm Fork of the Trinity rises in eastern Montague County and flows southeast eighty-five miles, through Cooke and Denton Counties, to its confluence with the West Fork at the beginning of the Trinity River proper just north of Hampton Road, a mile west of downtown Dallas. The Clear Fork of the Trinity rises in northwestern Parker County and flows forty-five miles to join the West Fork of the Trinity at Fort Worth in central Tarrant County. From the junction of the East and West Forks the Trinity River Proper continues southeast, forming the boundaries between several Texas counties. It then cuts across northern Walker County to form a portion of the county line between Walker and Trinity counties and the county line between Trinity and San Jacinto, and San Jacinto and Polk Counties. At the northern county line of Liberty County the Trinity turns almost directly south, cutting across Liberty and Chambers Counties, to its mouth on Trinity Bay just west of Anahuac. The Trinity flows 423 miles from the confluence of the Elm and West Forks to the coast, making it the longest river having its entire course in Texas. In addition to several dams on the river’s tributaries, the Trinity is dammed just above Camilla in San Jacinto County to form Livingston Reservoir. Other river lakes include Grapevine Lake, Lavon Lake, Ray Roberts Lake, Lake Arlington, Lake Worth, Eagle Mountain Lake and Lewisville Lake. Cities located on the Trinity River include Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Garland, Irving, Richardson, Plano, Grand Prairie, Baytown, Mesquite, Camilla and Anahuac. Clear Fork Fish Stocking History Trinity River Fish Stocking History
Lake Charlotte, Lake Miller & Mud Lake, Wallisville Lake Project:
Lake Charlotte, Lake Miller, and Mud Lake are in the area east of the Trinity River. There are also several other area lakes. Lake Charlotte is the largest of the three lakes and is the largest westernmost cypress swamp located along the Texas coast. Cedar Hill Park is located on this lake. Mud Lake is the smallest of the three lakes. These lakes are popular for kayaking and birding. Outboard motors are prohibited on Lake Charlotte. A canoe launching area is available. Camping permits are required. From Anahuac, go north on FM 563 to Lake Charlotte Road; go left (west) on Lake Charlotte Road. Lake Charlotte Map Anahuac Map; Click to Enlarge
Trinity River Island Recreation Area & Visitor Center:
This park area is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. TRIRA is an island between the main stem of the Trinity River and the engineered navigation channel. All facilities are ADA compliant
and include both covered and uncovered picnic tables, fishing access on both upstream and downstream sides of the dam, a two lane boat ramp, a life jacket loaner station, restrooms, trash cans, parking for vehicles with and without trailers, and RV parking. The Project Office complex includes a Visitor Center
and ADA compliant walkways
. Please use the handrail areas above and below the dam, and along the river banks for fishing access. Fishing is not permitted from the bridge or dam structure. The Trinity River Island Recreation Area is a rest stop on the Gatorfest Bike Race, a part of the Texas Gatorfest held in Fort Anahuac Park in Anahuac, Texas. All facilities, except the office and visitor center, are open 24/7. The Visitor Center is open Mon-Fri, 7:30am-4pm, and on Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal holidays from 8am-5pm. From Houston: From IH-10, take exit 806 and follow the feeder road to the large brown Corps of Engineers sign for Trinity Island Recreation Area; turn right (south) through the pipe gate onto Lock & Dam Road. Go south to the recreation area across the bridge at the dam.
Cedar Hill Parkon Lake Charlotte:
This parkland is leased to Chambers County for operation and maintenance. It is located on the northeast shore of Lake Charlotte. Amenities include several shell middens, a group picnic pavilion with tables, BBQ grills, and trash cans for large groups, individual covered and/or shaded tables, potable water, a canoe launch and vaulted toilets. Outboard motors are not allowed on the lake. Three miles of graveled trails with boardwalks lead into the cypress swamp along the bank of Lake Charlotte. The cypress swamps along the banks of the lake are excellent for paddling; a hand-launch area is located at the lakeshore side of the loop road in the park. Limited primitive camping is permitted. Permit and fee information is available by calling (281) 576-2243. The park is located north of Anahuac, Texas. From IH-10, take the FM 563 exit; travel north to Lake Charlotte Road. Go left (west on Charlotte Road; the park entrance is on the left just across from the Sherman family's cemetery.
Hugo Point Park:
The parkland is leased to Chambers County for operation and maintenance. It is located on the west bank of Old River Lake and is named for Hugo Franssen who came to the U.S. from Holland in 1844, and settled on the west bank of Old River in Cove community. He, his wife Metta, and several other family members are buried in the fence enclosed family cemetery in the park; please respect their privacy. Amenities include a large group pavilion, individual picnic tables, restrooms, a playground, a two lane boat ramp, parking for vehicles with and without trailers, and an ADA compliant marsh trail
and an ADA compliant observation tower
. This is a day use only park. (281) 383-2011. The park is located north of Anahuac, Texas.From IH-10, take the FM 565 exit and proceed south on FM 565 to Gou Hole Road. Go left onto Gou Hole and follow it to the gate at the end of the public road.
The project includes 187 recorded archeological sites, The Orcoquisac Archeological District and the Old Wallisville Townsite are listed as National Historic Register Districts. 164 of the sites are shell middens and feature rangia clam and/or oyster shells discarded by the early Native Americans.
Directions to the Trinity River Island Recreation Area and Visitor's Center:
From Houston, take IH-10 East to exit 806. Continue east on the feeder road to the Trinity River Island Recreation Area. Drive through the gate and continue approximately 2 miles to the Rec Area. The office and visitor's center are in a building with a green roof. The parking lot has space for RV's, and vehicles with and without trailers.