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Richland Creek Wildlife Management Area
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Richland Creek Wildlife Management Area Information:
This 13,952 acre Wildlife Management Area is located between the Richland-Chambers Reservoir and the Trinity River. The WMA was named for Richland Creek, a tributary of the Trinity River, which flowed through the property prior to the construction of the reservoir. The Richland Creek Wildlife Management Area was created to compensate for habitat losses associated with the construction of the reservoir. The majority of the land lies in the floodplain of the Trinity River, and consists of bottomland hardwood forests. The vast bottomland hardwood forests serve as nesting and brood rearing habitat for many species of Neotropical birds. The Area has numerous marshes and sloughs, which provide habitat for migrating and wintering waterfowl, wading birds and shore birds, as well as diverse aquatic life. Bird checklists are available at the WMA headquarters. Activities include hunting, fishing, camping, picnicking, bicycling and hiking. Amenities include roads. The WMA is open year round, except during Special Permit Hunts. The north unit is located north of U.S. 287, and the south unit is accessible from FM 488 at the southeastern end of the lake. The WMA is located 25 miles southeast of Corsicana on U.S. 287 and FM 488. From Corsicana take U.S. 287 south about 30 miles to FM 488 then take FM 488 south for two miles to the South Unit headquarters.
 
Richland Chambers Lake Information:
The 41,356 surface acre Richland Chambers Lake was impounded in 1987. It is located on Richland and Chambers Creeks, southeast of Corsicana on U.S. 287. The lake is 26 miles long, is 3.5 miles wide at its widest point, has 330 miles of shoreline, and a maximum depth is 75 feet. The lake is the third largest inland lake in Texas.  
Lake Location Map 
Current Lake Level 
TPWD Public Access Facilities Map
 
Trinity River:
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 
 
Richland Creek WMA Amenities & Activities:
Activities include hunting, fishing, camping, picnicking, birding and other wildlife viewing, bicycling and hiking. Horseback riding is permitted with advance written authorization from the area manager. Amenities include primitive campsites, a horse pen area, and existing roads for biking and hiking. There is no potable water. Camping is also available at the nearby Fairfield State Park.
 
Birding Richland Creek WMA:
The North Unit Wetlands (Cell Map) is managed for wetlands habitat and alive with shorebirds, wading birds, and waterfowl. The South Shore Unit is predominately bottomland hardwoods and provides habitat for white-tailed deer and neotropical migratory birds. A bird checklist is available at the headquarters.
 
Birding - Texas Prairies and Pineywoods west Birding Wildlife Trail:
Big Woods Loop:  Palestine, Tennessee Colony, Cayuga, Kerens, Corsicana, Ennis, Bardwell, Athens, Fairfield, Mexia, Teague, Groesbeck, Marquez, Centerville, Leona
Texas Birds Checklist
Oaks & Prairies & Osage Plains Bird Checklist
Navarro County Bird Checklist for North Central Texas
Navarro Mills Lake Bird Checklist, Corsicana
Gus Engeling WMA Bird Checklist, Palestine
Fort Parker State Park Bird Checklist, Mexia
Richland Creek WMA Bird Checklist is available at Headquarters
 
Fishing Richland Creek Wildlife Management Area:
Fishing is available in the 30 acre Zachary Lake, the Trinity River, and in the several ponds and sloughs. Zachary Lake Fish Stocking History
 
Hunting Richland Creek Wildlife Management Area:
Hunting is available on the 5,243 acre North Unit, and on the 9,029 acre South Unit. Public hunting is permitted for white-tailed deer, feral hog, squirrel, mourning dove, waterfowl, woodcock, gallinule, snipe, rabbits, and hares. All deer hunting, including archery hunting, is by special permit only. All APH hunters must register at a designated entry point. Pickups and four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended for traveling in some of the more rugged areas of the WMA.Primitive camping is available. There is no potable water or facilities. Camping is also available at the nearby Fairfield State Park. (903) 389-7080.
Richland Creek WMA Unit #703North Hunting Information & Map
Richland Creek WMA Unit #703South Hunting Information & Map 
 
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.
 
Hunting, Texas Parks and Wildlife, General Hunting Information
Hunting, Public Hunting on State Lands, TPWD
Hunter Education
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Richland Creek Wildlife Management Area Directions:
The Richland Creek WMA is located east of the Richland-Chambers Reservoir dam in Freestone and Navarro Counties. The north unit is located north of U.S. 287, and the south unit is accessible from FM 488 at the southeastern end of the lake. From Corsicana, take U.S. 287 south for approximately 30 miles to FM 488. Go south on FM 488 for two miles to the area headquarters in the South Unit.