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Zavalla, Texas
Zavalla Texas History:
Zavalla is located on the Sam Rayburn Reservoir within the Angelina National Forest. Zavalla was established in 1900 as a railroad stop on the Texas and New Orleans Railroad. It was named after the empresario land grant made to Lorenzo de Zavala. The town’s economy was originally based on the farming, livestock, the lumber industry and the town’s position as a rail shipping center. The Zavalla post office was established in 1901. In 1928, Zavalla was the center of the Texas naval stores business, which relied upon local pine resins and turpentine. In the 1930s, Xact Clays began to process local clays for use in oil well drilling mud. In 1930, an experimental Tung orchard was planted near town. By 1936, the trees were producing Tung, an oil used in furniture polish, lacquer and other products. The completion of the Sam Rayburn Reservoir in 1965 added tourism to the town’s economic base. Several lake and forest recreational facilities are located near Zavalla. The town incorporated in 1975. Zavalla is located at the intersections of U.S. 69, SH 147 and SH 63, 23 miles southeast of Lufkin, 42 miles southeast of Nacogdoches, 27.7 miles south of Etoile, 52 miles southwest of Center, 34 miles southwest of San Augustine, 14.6 miles southwest of Broaddus, 47 miles southwest of Hemphill, the Toledo Bend Reservoir and the Sabine National Forest, 33 miles southwest of Pineland, 33 miles northwest of Jasper, 28 miles north of Woodville and the B.A. Steinhagen Reservoir, 18.6 miles north of Colmesneil, and 61 miles northeast of Lake Livingston and Livingston, Texas.
Stephen F. Austin Loop:  Nacogdoches, Lufkin
Texas Bird Checklist with Photos
Bird Checklist for Pineywoods of Eastern Texas
Angelina County Bird Checklist with Photos
Angelina National Forest & Sam Rayburn Reservoir Bird Checklist
Toledo Bend Reservoir Bird Checklist

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.

The Blue Hole in the Angelina National Forest:
This stunningly beautiful spring fed swimming hole is located at an 1883 rock quarry, formerly known as Kyle’s Quarry. It was named The Blue Hole because the water is a gorgeous blue. There is a thirty foot cliff that is popular for jumping into the 40 to 60 foot deep quarry. The quarry is located near the Angelina-Jasper county line on chalk (or Big) Creek on private land off the Sawmill Hiking Trail, connecting Boykin Springs with Bouton Lake and Old Aldridge. Start your trip at the Bouton Lake Campground where you should ask for directions because getting there requires finding your way along a number of unmarked dirt roads.  You Tube Video
Angelina National Forest Information:
This forest is one of four national forests located in Texas. The forest is located in Jasper, San Augustine, Angelina and Nacogdoches Counties. The main office for these forests is located in Lufkin. The Angelina Forest district office is located in Zavalla. The forest borders the north and south shores of the 114,400 acre Sam Rayburn Reservoir on the Angelina River, and encompasses the towns of Broaddus and Zavalla The gravesite of John H. Graham, an early settler to the area, is located in a small cemetery overlooking Graham Creek. The old Aldridge Sawmill is located at the end of the Sawmill Hiking Trail near the Neches River, and south of the Boykin Springs Recreation Area. Located within the forest are Boulton Lake, Sexton Pond, and Boykin Springs. Recreation facilities are available at the Caney Creek, Sandy Creek, Harvey Creek and Townsend Recreation Areas, and at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer parks. Wildlife species include bear, deer, squirrel, fish, wild turkey, quail, waterfowl, and other birds. Lake Sam Rayburn provides habitat for the threatened bald eagle. The endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker is found throughout the pine forest. The woodpecker makes a home by pecking cavities in the pine trees.  The resulting drainage of pitch protects it from predatory snakes.For more complete forest information, go to the Angelina National Forest Home Page. Facilities Map
Angelina River: 
The Angelina River is located in the East Texas Pineywoods Region. The lake is formed by the junction of Barnhardt and Shawnee creeks three miles northwest of Laneville in southwest central Rusk County. The river flows southeast for 110 miles, forming the boundaries between Cherokee and Nacogdoches, Angelina and Nacogdoches, and Angelina and San Augustine counties. It empties into the Neches River twelve miles north of Jasper in northwestern Jasper County. Lake Steinhagen is located on the Neches River; the Sam Rayburn Reservoir (formerly McGee Bend Reservoir) is located on the south end of the Angelina River. The stream was named for a Hasinai Indian girl whom Spanish missionaries called Angelina. The river was navigable from Ayish Bayou nearly to Nacogdoches in the 1840s and furnished a significant means of transportation to settlers. The earliest attempts at commercial navigation of the Angelina began in 1844 when Moses and Robert Patton, using a barge-like craft known as the Thomas J. Rusk, transported 192 bales of cotton from Pattonia Landing (located on the Angelina twelve miles southeast of Nacogdoches) by way of the Neches to Sabine Pass. The Patton brothers continued to operate their barge service for three years, hauling cotton and other produce downriver and returning with provisions and merchandise from Galveston and New Orleans. In 1847 they purchased a steamship, the Angelina, capable of hauling 350 to 400 bales of cotton and making the round trip to Sabine Pass in fifteen to twenty days. Several other steamboats plied the Angelina during the heyday of river traffic around the time of the Civil War. Towns on or near the river include Nacogdoches, Laneville, Rusk, Cushing, Alto, Wells, Douglass, Jasper, Bevilport, Lufkin, and others. The river flows on the edge of the Angelina National Forest, and just a few miles east of the Davy Crockett National Forest; the Sabine National Forest sits on the Texas-Louisiana Border a few miles east of the river. Fish Stocking History
Sam Rayburn Reservoir Information:
The 114,500 surface acre Sam Rayburn Reservoir was formerly known as McGee Bend Dam and Reservoir. In 1963, it was renamed the Sam Rayburn Reservoir in honor of the late Speaker of the House. The lake was impounded on the Angelina River in 1965. It is the largest lake located within the borders of Texas. It features approximately 750 miles of shoreline, ranges between 10 and 80 feet in depth, and is bordered on the north and south shores by the Angelina National Forest. Known for its legendary bass fishing, and excellent catfish, hybrid stripe bass, and crappie fishing, it annually hosts more than 300 fishing tournaments. Volunteer positions are available. The lake is located approximately 12 miles northwest of Jasper, Texas. FM 255 crosses the dam.For more complete lake information, go to the Sam Rayburn Reservoir Home Page. Lake Location Map  Current Lake Level  TPWD Public Access Facilities Map
Sandy Creek Recreation Area on Sam Rayburn Reservoir, U.S. Forest Service, Zavalla: 
This campground is located on the shores of the Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Amenities include a group camping shelter and 10 individual campsites with fire rings/cooking grills, picnic tables and level tent pads. Additional amenities include cold showers, a picnic area with a picnic shelter, parking lots, and a year round 2 lane boat ramp capable of accommodating all boat types. Potable water and vault or chemical toilets are located within a short distance of each campsite. There are no garbage facilities, sewer, or electricity. Camping and day use fees apply. Emergency phone numbers are posted on the bulletin board at the fee station located at the park entrance. U.S. Forest Service: (936) 897-2089. From Zavalla, take SH 63 east for 14.7 miles to the Sandy Creek Recreational Area sign and drive two miles to the campground. Angelina Forest Facilities Map
Caney Creek Recreation Area, Zavalla:
This campground is located on the Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Amenities include a two lane boat ramp capable of handling all boat types (may not be usable at low lake levels), primitive tent and camper trailer camping, picnic tables, toilets, potable water and parking. This campground is operated by the Sam Rayburn Nature Center. The Center provides educational events and programs. Camping cost $10 per night; day use costs $3 per day, per vehicle. (936) 897-2073. 1524 U.S. Forest Service Road 336. From Zavalla, travel 6 miles on Highway 63 east; turn left on FM 2743 for 6 miles; then left (northeast) on Forest Service Road 336 for 1 mile. Email  Angelina Forest Facilities Map  
Cassels-Boykin (Angelina) County Park, Angelina County, Zavalla:
Amenities include a 5 lane boat ramp on the south shore of Lake Sam Rayburn, a 4 lane boat ramp on the north shore, over 100 parking places, and a lighted 80 foot ADA compliant courtesy pier. Other amenities include 10 paved multi-use campsites, 17 campsites with water and electricity, a trailer dump station and picnic tables. Future plans include RV and primitive campsites, an ADA compliant fishing pier, and a several miles long hike and bike trail. The Dr. Bill and Emily Shelton Picnic Pavilion has a nearby amphitheater, restrooms, and concession building with dressing rooms for weddings and other events, Bring firewood, insect repellent, and drinking water. The park is owned by USACE, but is leased to Angelina County. Open daily year round. Fees apply; annual permits available for senior citizens. (936) 632-5531. From Lufkin, take SH 69 southeast to Zavalla, then take SH 147 for four miles to FM 3123; turn left. The park is located 35 minutes from Lufkin. Angelina Forest Facilities Map
Ebenezer Park, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Zavalla & Jasper:
This is the only area on the Sam Rayburn Reservoir where horses are permitted. The equestrian area features 10 campsites with water hookups; seven of these campsites have 30 amp electric hookups, and three have 50 amp electric hookups. Three additional campsites are under development. All of these sites have a hardened RV pullout, hitching posts, a picnic table and a fire ring. Corrals are located near the campsites. The Corps plans to build a corral for each campsite. Each site must have at least one and no more than four horses. A day use area is available for those not camping. The equestrian campsites are open year round. 17 small non-equestrian RV or tent campsites are available from March 1st through Labor Day; these sites do not have water or electric hookups. Additional park facilities include restrooms with showers, a designated swimming beach, drinking water, a trailer dump station, and Ebenezer Hall, a fenced building suitable for parties and other group events. Amenities at the hall include climate control, a kitchen with a microwave, refrigerator/freezer, a restroom and tables and chairs, basketball, large BBQ grills, a playground and paved parking. The large garage type door at the east end of the building may be opened; bring your own utensils and pots and pans The nearest boat ramp is located approximately 4 miles away at Twin Dikes Park. Camping, swim beach, dump station, and Ebenezer Hall fees apply; fees must be paid through the reservations site, or onsite with cash. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: (409) 384-5716. The park is located on the south shore of the lake off Recreational Road 255, approximately 23 miles northwest of Jasper, Texas; the closest towns are Brookeland and Zavalla. From Jasper, take U.S. 96 North approximately 12 miles to Recreation Road 255. Go west on 255 for approximately 8 miles to the park entrance. Facilities Map 
Hanks Creek Park, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Zavalla & Huntington:
Camping amenities include 43 campsites with water and 30 amp electric hookups, six campsites with water and 50 amp electric hookups, eight screened shelters with adjacent RV sites outfitted with water and 50 amp electric hookups, a volleyball court, playground, a two lane boat ramp, a courtesy dock, two waterborne restrooms with hot showers, a trailer dump station, and a pay phone. A reservable group shelter features picnic tables, an outdoor cooker, 5 RV sites with 50 amp electric and water hookups, and other amenities. A day use area features a two lane boat ramp, a swim beach, a group shelter, picnic sites, a courtesy dock, playing fields, and a playground; other amenities will be added in 2010. The day use and camping areas are separate. The day use area closes at dark; the boat ramp is open 24 hours daily. The vehicle gates in the camping area open at 9am and close at 9pm; latecomers will not be allowed into the area. Registered campers desiring to return after 9pm must make arrangements with the gate attendant. Camping is available year round. Fees apply. The park is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. (409) 384-5716. The park is located in Angelina County on the northwest shore of the Reservoir, approximately 12 miles southwest of Huntington, Texas. The park is located off FM 83, 8 miles south of its junction with FM 83. Facilities Map 
Monterey Park, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Zavalla:
Amenities include a four lane boat ramp accommodating all boat types, and a 30 vehicle capacity parking lot; no camping. The boat ramp is open year round; fees apply. The ramp is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. (409) 384-5716. The park is located in Angelina County approximately 6 miles north of Zavalla, Texas off FM 3124, 2 miles east of its junction with FM 2109.
Bannister Wildlife Management Area Information:
This 25,695 acre Wildlife Management Area is located in the Angelina National Forest on a peninsula extending into the Sam Rayburn Reservoir. It is separated from the lake by private and national forest service lands. Because the WMA is a designated Eastern Turkey restoration site, some WMA sections are closed during turkey brooding season. Only hikers and bikers are permitted in these areas at this time. Several primitive camping areas are available. The WMA is operated under a Memorandum of Agreement with the U.S. Forest Service. Public hunting of white-tailed deer, feral hog, turkey (Spring Eastern Turkey), waterfowl, woodcock, rails, gallinules, snipe, dove, squirrel, quail, rabbits, hares, predators, furbearers, and frogs is permitted. A trapping season is available for furbearers and predators only. Activities include hiking, biking, horseback riding and hunting. Equestrian use is restricted during hunting season. During hunting season hikers must wear orange clothing and camping is restricted to designated campgrounds. During non-hunting season campers may camp anywhere there is parking. Fishing is permitted, but is not desirable. The WMA is open year round. (936) 639-8544. U.S. Forest Service Information: (409) 639-8620. The office is located at 1342 S. Wheeler Street, Jasper, Texas 75951. The WMA is located 25 miles east of Lufkin. For more complete WMA information, go to the Bannister WMA Home Page. From Lufkin take SH 103 to FM 1277, turn south on FM 1277 and drive three miles to Forest Service Road 300. An information station is located on the east side of the intersection. Bannister WMA Map
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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