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Houston County Lake
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Houston County Lake Information:
Construction on the Houston County Lake Dam began on Elkhart Creek, a tributary of the Trinity River, in April1966 and was completed in December 1966. Impoundment of the 1,330 surface acre lake began in November 1966. Houston County Lake’s maximum depth is 40 feet, and it is 9 miles long. The lake is popular for its trophy bass, watersports, camping, and the hike and bike trails. The lake is managed by the Houston County Water Control and Improvement District (WCID) No. 1. The lake is located on FM 229, 9 miles northwest of Crockett, Texas.
Houston County Lake Location Map
Current Houston County Lake Level
Houston County Lake TPWD Public Access Facilities Map
 
Little Elkhart Creek:
The creek rises two miles southeast of Grapeland in north central Houston County and runs southwest for fifteen miles to its mouth on Big Elkhart Creek, two miles northwest of Wheeler Springs, Texas. The creek then flows to its mouth on the Trinity River. The creek is dammed midway to form Houston County Lake.
 
Crockett Family Resort on Houston County Lake:
Amenities include a one acre pond, cabins, kitchenettes, tent campsites, 90 pull through RV sites with hookups, restrooms with showers, a laundry, a marina and dock, a bait store, a store selling groceries and RV supplies, a restaurant, shuffleboard, horseshoes, volleyball, a miniature golf course, a 2 acre activity park, lake or pool swimming, paddleboats, and picnicking. A clubhouse and a pavilion are available for rent. Activities include sports, lunker bass fishing, boating, and swimming. (936) 544-8466. 75 Dogwood Lane West, Crockett, TX 75835.  Email  
 
Public Boat Ramp, Crockett:
Amenities include a two lane boat ramp and courtesy docks. Open year round; no fees apply. The boat ramp is operated by Houston County. From Loop 304 in Crockett, take FM 229 approximately 9 miles northwest; the boat ramp is on the north side of the dam.
 
Birding Houston County:
Texas Birds Checklist
Bird Checklist for Pineywoods of Eastern Texas
Deep East Texas Birding Sites Guide
Northeast Texas Bird Checklist
Angelina National Forest & Sam Rayburn Reservoir Bird Checklist
 
FishingHouston County Lake:
Predominant fish species include largemouth bass, redear sunfish and bluegill. The lake is regularly stocked with trophy largemouth bass; it is popular for its trophy bass fishing. Other common fish species include redear sunfish, catfish, and bluegill. Special fishing regulations apply.
Current Houston County Lake Survey Report 
Houston County Lake Fish Stocking History 
Houston County Lake Fish Records 
Current Houston County Lake 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
 
Houston County Lake Directions:
From Crockett take FM 229 approximately 9 miles to the dam.