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County
Polk
Region
Pineywoods
Population
2010 Census - 1,764
2000 Census - 1,174
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Onalaska, Texas
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Onalaska Texas History: 
The area was originally settled in the late 1830s by farmers. In 1905, lumberman William Carlisle built a lumber mill and established the town of Onalaska which he named for Onalaska, Arkansas. In 1907, the Beaumont and Great Northern Railway extended a line from Trinity County to Onalaska. The next year the line was extended southeast to Livingston. By 1908, Onalaska had approximately 2,000 residents. By 1913, the sawmill had closed, and farming once again became the main industry. The completion of Lake Livingston in 1968 added tourism as a major industry. Several marinas are located in the area. Onalaska is situated on a peninsula extending out into Lake Livingston. It is bordered by the Trinity River and Kickapoo Creek. A favorite photo shot is the bridge crossing Lake Livingston. Occasionally an alligator ventures from the creeks to the lake. Onalaska is located on a peninsula on the east side of the U.S. 190 Bridge at the intersections of U.S. 190, FM 356 and FM 3188, 52 miles northeast of Conroe, 29 miles northeast of Huntsville, 9 miles northeast of Point Blank, 48 miles southeast of Crockett, 20 miles southeast of Trinity, 23.5 miles south of Groveton, 27.6 miles southwest of Corrigan, 47 miles northwest of Woodville, 14.6 miles northwest of Livingston, and 41.8 miles north of Cleveland, Texas.
 
Onalaska Public Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. The library has a display of Onalaska photos from 1890through 1930. Open Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm; Sat, 10am-2pm. (936) 646-2665. The library is located in the Onalaska City Hall at 372 South FM 356, Onalaska, TX 77360.
 
Greater Onalaska Heritage Society and the 1906 First Baptist Church:
The church is now named Heritage Hall. Future plans include restoring the building for use as a community center. (936) 646-5276. The building is located at 517 South FM 356.
 
Kozy Kountry Kitchen:
They serve very good home cooked food. (936) 646-7722. 14325 U.S. 190 West. Reviews   
 
Miss Jean’s Barbeque Restaurant:
Open Mon-Tue, 11am-6pm; Wed-Sat, 11am-8pm; Sun, 11am-3pm. (936) 646-6972. 14083 U.S. 190 West. Reviews
 
Mill Hollow Christmas Tree Farm, Oakhurst, Texas:
This farm offers choose and cut your own trees beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving and continuing every weekend through the Sunday before Christmas. The farm s open 10am-5pm. Food is served from 12 noon to 4pm. The Moonlight Adventure is held the last Friday in November from 3:30pm-8pm for those who want to find their tree in the dark. (936) 377-4044. The farm is located at 500 Palmetto Drive in Oakhurst, Texas, 77359. Oakhurst is located 7 miles west of Point Blank, Texas, and 28.5 miles west of Livingston. Oakhurst Texas Map; Click to Enlarge  Oakhurst Texas Area Map 
 
Birding - TEXAS PRAIRIES AND PINEYWOODS EAST BIRDING TRAIL:
Big Sandy Loop: Livingston, Goodrich, Point blank, Coldspring, Huntsville, Riverside, Trinity, Cleveland, Montgomery
Texas Bird Checklist with Photos
Bird Checklist for Pineywoods of Eastern Texas
San Jacinto County Bird Checklist with Photos
Polk County Bird Checklist with Photos
 
Texas Wildflowers:
Due to budget constraints, TX-DOT no longer maintains a website offering spring wildflower sightings. Information is available at the Texas Highways Magazine.
 
Mosquito Information:
The months of April through October are the worst months for mosquitoes. Rub yourself with Bounce Fabric Softener sheets, or with Vicks Vapor Rub or pure Mexican Vanilla. Some swear taking a daily vitamin B-1 pill works to repel mosquitoes. Mosquitoes love you when you eat bananas. Mosquitoes are also attracted to some perfumes, including perfumed shampoos. 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 the candles in small metal buckets. The ThermaCell Mosquito Repellant is also quite effective in ridding small outdoor areas of mosquitos. Dynatrap Company makes a large standing 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.
 
Onalaska City Park, 9 Acres:
Amenities include a Union Pacific caboose, a gazebo and picnic tables and a playground. The park is the future site of the new town center. The park is being built and expanded as funds allow. It is located on the new Onalaska Loop road that runs from FM 3459 near the High School to Highway 356 North near Magnolia Cemetery Road. The park is being built and expanded as funds allow. (936) 646-5376.
 
East Texas Fall Foliage Trail:
A 22 mile self-guided tour information is available from the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitor Center.  March. (888) 564-7351. 200 E. Main Street, Nacogdoches.
 
Sam Houston National Forest Information:
This 163,037 acre forest is located in Montgomery, San Jacinto and Walker Counties, 50 miles north of Houston between Huntsville, Conroe, Cleveland and Richards, Texas. Evergreen, New Waverly, and Phelps, Texas are located near the forest’s recreation facilities. The Sam Houston National Forest is managed under the multiple-use concept of programs which include recreation, fish and wildlife, timber, grazing, soil and water, and minerals. All programs are planned to maintain a balance among the benefits, yet provide for public needs. Forest Service objectives, by law, must consider all resources of the forest and no single resource can be emphasized to the detriment of others. Activities include hunting, fishing, birding, camping, OHV riding, hiking and biking, and picnicking. The entire forest is managed as a Wildlife Management Area by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Not all lands located within the forest boundaries on a map are public land; some of the land is private property. The boundaries between public land and private property are marked with signs and red paint. Entry signs are placed on major roads to indicate the road is entering a national forest. Huntsville State Park and the northern portion of Lake Conroe are located within the forest. The forest service district manager’s office is located 3 miles west of New Waverly on FM 1375.For more complete forest information, go to the Sam Houston National Forest Home Page. Sam Houston Forest Facilities Map 
 
San Houston National Forest WMA Information:
The entire 161,508 acre Sam Houston Forest is a Wildlife Management Area. The WMA is operated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department under a Memorandum of Agreement with the U.S. Forest Service. Fishing, trapping, and public hunting of white-tailed deer, feral hog, waterfowl, dove, other migratory game birds, squirrel, quail, rabbits, hares, predators, furbearers, and frogs is permitted. A bird checklist is available at the headquarters. Other outdoor activities include camping, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding and wildlife viewing. Designated primitive and developed campsites are available. Equestrian amenities include pens and designated campsites. All horses must have proof of a negative Coggins Test. Some restrooms and campsites are ADA compliant. Bring your own drinking water. Huntsville State Park and the northern portion of Lake Conroe are located in the national forest. For more complete WMA information, go the Sam Houston National Forest WMA Home Page. From New Waverly take FM 1375 west three miles to Sam Houston National Forest Ranger Station.
 
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
 
Lake Livingston Information: 
The Lake Livingston Dam on the Trinity River was designed by Brown and Root, Inc. and completed by Forrest and Cotton, Inc. in 1969. The City of Houston and the Trinity River Authority own the Dam. The Trinity River Authority owns Lake Livingston and, in cooperation with the City of Houston, has acquired and operates numerous parks on the lake. The reservoir is used for municipal, industrial, irrigation, and recreation purposes. The towns of Blanchard, Pointblank, Coldspring and Onalaska, numerous residential areas, several public boat ramps, Lake Livingston State Park, Wolf Creek Park, Tigerville Park, approximately 14 private marinas, and over 5,000 campsites are located lakeside. The lake has a normal capacity of 1,788,000 acre feet and covers 82,600 surface acres. It drains an area of 16,616 square miles. It is approximately 2 miles long and has an average depth of 55 feet. This lake is the largest lake constructed for water purposes located totally within the State of Texas, and it is the 2nd largest lake located within the borders of Texas. The undeveloped Pine Island is located in the middle of the lake. The FM 3278 Lake Livingston Bridge connects Polk and San Jacinto Counties. The Reservoir is located approximately 6 miles southwest of Livingston, Texas. For more complete lake information, go the Lake Livingston Home Page.  Lake Livingston Location Map  Current Lake Level  TPWD Public Access Facilities Map 
 
Lake Livingston State Park Information:
This 635.5 acre park is located on the 84,800 surface-acre Lake Livingston, a reservoir on the Trinity River. It was acquired from private landowners in 1971, and opened to the public in 1977. The ghost town of Swartwout, a steamboat landing on the Trinity River in the 1830s to 1850s, is located nearby. Park entrance and camping fees apply. For more complete park information watch the Park Video and go to the Lake Livingston State Park Home Page. From Livingston, take U.S. 59 South to FM 1988. Go right (west) on FM 1988 for 4 miles to FM 3126; go right (north) to the park.
 
Huntsville State Park Information:
This heavily wooded 2,083 acre park lies in the Pineywoods of the Sam Houston National Forest. The purchase of the parkland was funded by bonds sold by Walker County in 1936. The park lands were chosen because a recreational lake could be formed by building a dam below the junction of Big and Little Chiquapin Creeks. In October, 1937 the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) began construction on the dam which created the 210 surface acre Lake Raven. CCC workers also built the group recreation hall, the frame pump house, stone culverts and the stone road curbing. During a rainstorm on November 24, 1940, the dam spillway collapsed. It was repaired in April 1956, and the park opened to the public on May, 18, 1956. The tannin from the pine trees gives the lake water a slight brownish color. Habitat consists of piney woods dominated by loblolly and shortleaf pines. Wildlife species include white-tailed deer, raccoon, opossum, armadillo, migratory waterfowl and fox squirrels; alligators are occasionally observed in Lake Raven. Park entrance and camping fees apply. For more information read the Park Information Brochure, watch the Park Video and go to the Huntsville State Park Home Page. The park is located 6 miles southwest of Huntsville, Texas. From IH-45, take Park Road 40, six miles to the park entrance.
 
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
 
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. 
                      
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