Praries & Lakes
2010 Census - 886
2000 Census - 1,091
Trinidad, Texas
Trinidad Texas History:
The area was settled prior to 1840 when O.M. Airhart operated a ferry across the Trinity River at the present townsite, and Zach Smith operated his Trinity River Ferry approximately 4 miles north of present day Trinidad. In 1844, the town had a saloon and a general store. When the St. Louis Southwestern Railroad established a stop at the site in 1880, the town became known as Trinity Switch. The Trinidad post office opened in 1891. Trinidad is located on the east side of the Trinity River and on the south shore of Cedar Creek Reservoir at the intersection of SH 274 and SH 31, 23 miles northeast of Corsicana, 12 miles northeast of the Richland Chambers Reservoir and WMA, 8.3 miles northeast of Kerens, 17 miles southwest of Eustace 21 miles southwest of Purtis State Park, and 15 miles west of Lake Athens and Athens, Texas.
Event Venue - Trinity Community Center:
This reservable center features an event room, tables and chairs, a kitchen and restrooms. (903) 778-2525. (903) 477-1775.  
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
Lake Tyler Loop:  Troup, Whitehouse, Tyler, Athens, Malakoff, Eustace, Mabank
Texas Bird Checklist with Photos
Bird Checklist for Pineywoods of Eastern Texas
Navarro Mills Lake Bird Checklist
Bird Checklist for North Central Texas
Henderson County Bird Checklist with Photos
Van Zandt County Bird Checklist with Photos

Black Beauty Ranch Animal Sanctuary, Murchison, TX:
This non-profit animal sanctuary is home to more than 1,200 domestic and exotic animals, many of who have been rescued from slaughter houses, biomedical research laboratories and trophy hunting ranches. Others are discards from circuses or roadside zoos, or were former victims of the exotic pet trade. Still others have come from public lands where they were threatened with extermination by the federal government. Animals include bison, cattle, horses, burros, antelope, apes, camels and llamas. Amenities include four lakes and a dozen ponds and brooks. This is not a zoo and is not open for regular public visitation. The ranch hosts two open houses each year for the public. Check the news page for other special events. You may also volunteer on the ranch, donate to the ranch, or adopt an animal (pay for care). The ranch was founded in 1979 by author and animal advocated Cleveland Amory. Donations are accepted. For information abouthousehold pet adoption, read The Ultimate Guide to Pet Adoption.  (903) 469-3811. The ranch is located at 12526 CR 3806, Murchison, TX 75778. Email  Murchison Texas Map; Click to Enlarge  Murchison Texas Area 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
Trinidad City Lake, 47 Acres:
Activities include bank fishing and picnicking. Swimming is prohibited. An entrance fee applies. Passes may be purchased at Refuge General Store. The park gates are open from sunrise to sunset. (903) 778-2525. The lake is located south of Trinidad and west of FM 1667.Fish Stocking History
Cedar Creek Reservoir Information:
This 32,623 surface acre reservoir is the fourth largest lake in Texas. It was impounded on Cedar Creek in 1965. Cedar Creek empties into the Trinity River. The Cedar Creek Dam is located on the south end of the lake in Malakoff, Texas. The lake is 18 miles long, has 320 feet of shoreline, is 8.5 miles at its widest point, and has a maximum depth of 53 feet. It supplies water to Fort Worth and other cities and is used for recreational purposes. It is one of the few lakes in East Texas that permits private ownership of its shoreline and permits the construction of private boathouses. The lake’s proximity to the Dallas/Fort Worth area makes it a popular weekend destination for residents of those cities. Many Cedar Creek Lake residents commute to the Dallas area for work. The lake is located approximately 70 miles southeast of Dallas, 3 miles northeast of Trinidad, and 10 miles west of Athens in the area between U.S. 175 and SH 274. For more complete lake information, go to the Cedar Creek Reservoir Home Page. Lake Location Map  Current Lake Level 
Cedar Creek Islands Wildlife Management Area Information:
The 160 acre Cedar Creek Islands WMA is comprised of three islands totaling 160 acres in the Cedar Creek Reservoir. The WMA is heavily used as rookeries by aquatic birds and should not be disturbed during spring and summer. Wildlife viewing is allowed only by boat or from the banks of the Cedar Creek Reservoir. Public access to the islands is not permitted. Predominant bird species include egrets, herons, and cormorants. Camping is available at Purtis Creek Park near Athens, and Fairfield Lake State Park near Fairfield, Texas.For more complete WMA information, go to the Cedar Creek Islands WMA Home PageIn Mabank, drive 5 miles south on SH 334 to Gun Barrel City and cross the reservoir to Seven Points (4 miles). The Big Island is located in the north part of the reservoir off U.S. 175 and Old Highway 40.
Lake Athens Information:
The lake was impounded on Flat Creek in 1962 and has a maximum depth of 50 feet. It is used for municipal water supply, flood regulation, and recreation. Predominant fish species include largemouth bass, white bass, crappie, and redear sunfish. There are no available lake maps. The lake is owned and operated by the Athens Municipal Water Authority. It is located just east of Athens off FM 2495. For more complete lake information, go to the Lake Athens Home PageLake Location Map  TPWD Public Access Facilities Map  Current Lake Level
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. For more complete lake information, go to the Richland Chambers Lake Home Page. Lake Location Map  Current Lake Level  TPWD Public Access Facilities Map
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. For more complete WMA information, go to Richland Creek WMA Home Page. 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.
Purtis Creek State Park Information:
This 1,582 acre park was acquired from private owners in 1977. It opened to the public in 1988. The 355 acre lake was designed specifically as a fishing lake where largemouth bass would be plentiful, and where bass fishing would be on a catch and release basis only. Just east of the park on private property, is a cliff overhang once used by unknown Indians as a temporary shelter. The Petroglyphs carved into the rock walls indicate this area was a good hunting ground. Later, the Wichita and Caddo Indians roamed the area. Due to the great hunting, the area became popular with Anglos in the early to mid-1800s. The road bordering the southern edge of the park was once known as “Tyler to Porter’s Bluff Road,” a well-known stage route from East Texas to the Trinity River. Along this stage route just northeast of Edom near the Neches River, is the site where the famous Cherokee Indian Chief Boles was slain in the 1839 Battle of the Neches. Park entrance and camping fees apply. For more park information read the June 2012 10 Hidden Gems article which mentions Purtis Creek (scroll down), watch the Park Video, and go to the Purtis Creek State Park Home Page. From Athens take U.S. 175 west for 12 miles to Eustace. Go north on FM 316 for 3.5 miles.
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. 
Hunting, Texas Parks and Wildlife, General Hunting Information
Hunting, Public Hunting on State Lands, TPWD
Hunter Education
Hunting Season by Animal
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Donations