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Lake Murvaul
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Lake Murvaul Information:
This 3,820 acre lake was impounded on Murvaul Bayou in 1958. It has a maximum depth of 36 feet. Lake activities include boating, water sports, fishing, hiking and camping. Predominant fish species include largemouth bass, crappie, channel catfish, flathead catfish, bluegill, and redear sunfish. The lake has an excellent largemouth bass fishery, and produces bass over 8 pounds. Largemouth bass fishing is best January through March. Amenities include a children’s park, campsites, picnic areas, a marina, boat ramps and docks, a fishing pier, fish cleaning stations, a fish weighing station, trails, a picnic pavilion and restrooms. The lake is located lake approximately 15 miles northeast of Mount Enterprise and 12 miles southwest of Carthage off FM 1970. Current Lake Level  TPWD Lake Facilities Map    
 
Murvaul Bayou:
The bayou rises just east of Minden in eastern Rusk County and flows 26 miles northeast to its mouth on the Sabine River, two miles northeast of Murvaul. The bayou is dammed to form Lake  Murvaul, 12 miles southwest of Carthage, Texas.
 
Decker-Hill Park:
Amenities include 3 concrete boat ramps (free), a courtesy dock, a fishing pier, a fish cleaning station, live bait sales, parking, courtesy docks, a fish weighing station, picnic areas, restrooms and campsites. Open year round, 24 hours a day. Camping fees apply. This park is operated by the Panola County Fresh Water District. (903) 693-6562. The park is located at the north end of the dam. From Clayton and SH 315, go south on FM 1970 and then turn on FM 1234.
 
Rosie Jones Park:
Amenities include a single lane boat ramp, a parking lot, courtesy docks, restrooms, picnicking and campsites. Open year round; no fees apply. The park is operated by the Panola County Fresh Water District. (903) 693-6562. The park is operated by the Panola County Fresh Water District. (903) 693-6562. The park is located uplake at the north end of the FM 1971 bridge crossing. From SH 315 near Clayton, take FM 1971 South.
 
Tinkle Park:
Amenities include a free two lane concrete boat ramp, parking, courtesy docks, picnic areas, camping and restrooms. Open year round. The park is operated by the Panola County Fresh Water District. (903) 693-6562. The park is located on the south lake shore off CR 176. From FM 1970, go west on FM 999 to Panola County Road 176; turn right onto the first road after the concrete bridge.
 
G.W. Pirtle Boy Scout Reservation:
The Scout Reservation is located on the banks of Lake Murvaul near Gary, Texas. Amenities include a rifle range, newly remodeled archery and shotgun ranges, skeet shooting, a COPE course, a 35 foot mountain and a 60 foot climbing wall, a 100 foot water slide with a 40 foot tower, cabins for the directors and cook, an outdoor chapel, a swimming pool, a Council Ring, Wi-Fi in the Health Lodge and in the Headquarters and Founders Lodge, a dining hall, a trading post, pavilions, the Silver Circle Trail, picnic tables, a 9 hole disc golf course, a four square course, a boat house, Kayaks, canoes, rowboats, sailboats, a ski boat, and a Jon boat, a floating boat dock, restrooms with showers, and family camping area, and scout camping facilities. East Texas Area Council, BSA, 1331 E. 5th Street, Tyler, Texas, 75701. Open Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5pm, and other seasonal hours. (903) 597-7201.
 
FM 1971 Boat Ramp:
Amenities include a two lane concrete boat ramp, restrooms, and parking lot. Open year round; no fees apply. The boat ramp is operated by the Panola County Fresh Water District. (903) 693-6562. The boat ramp is located uplake at the south end of the FM 1971 bridge crossing. From SH 315 near Clayton, take FM 1971 south.
 
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 Panola County:
Texas Bird Checklist with Photos
Bird Checklist for Pineywoods of Eastern Texas
Northeast Texas Bird Checklist
 
Fishing Lake Murvaul:
Predominant fish species include largemouth bass, crappie, channel catfish, flathead catfish, bluegill, and redear sunfish. The lake has an excellent largemouth bass fishery, and produces bass over 8 pounds. Largemouth bass fishing is best January through March. Crappie fishing is generally most successful during March and April. This lake has special bag and size limits on some fish species. Current Lake Level  Current Survey Report  Stocking History  Lake Records  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. Call (903) 681-0550. 24 hour pager: 1-888-784-0600. Rules for Certified Hand Held Scales
 
Mosquito Information:
Rub yourself with Bounce Fabric Softener sheets, or use Vicks Vapor Rub or pure Mexican Vanilla; some swear taking a daily vitamin B-1 pill works to repel mosquitoes. The months of April through October are the worst months for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes love you when you eat bananas. 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 them in small metal buckets. The ThermaCell Mosquito Repellant is also quite effective in ridding small outdoor areas of mosquitos. Dynatrap Company makes an 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. The fine net clothing available from Cabela’s and other sporting goods stores is highly effective in preventing mosquito bites.