Praries & Lakes
Big Lake Bottom Wildlife Management Area
Big Lake Bottom Wildlife ManagementInformation:
In 1990, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department began purchasing land for the Wildlife Management Area in efforts to preserve a relict tract of quality bottomland hardwood habitat which is rapidly disappearing in the Post Oak Savannah Eco-region of Texas.The WMA lies adjacent to the Trinity River and consists of tracts of WMA interspersed with private lands. There are no roads and few trails. Primitive campsites are available. All campers are restricted to designated campgrounds during hunting season. Equestrian use is restricted during hunting season. Hikers must wear orange clothing during hunting season. Deer hunters, both archery and gun, are randomly selected during the Special Permit drawing. Three registration and information stations are available. They are located at the end of CR 2901, at the end of CR 2906/2904; and at the end of CR 2909/2907. All of these country roads are connected to FM 645 North of U.S. 79/84. Access from the Trinity River is prohibited. All visitors must register onsite.Go north on Loop 256 in Palestine to FM 320, and then take FM 320 west for eight miles to the intersection of FM 645. Turn left onto FM 645. The WMA main entrance is accessible from CR 2901 off FM 645. 
Big Lake Bottom WMA Location Map 
Big Lake Bottom WMA Hunting 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
Mosquito Information for Texas:
The months of April through October are the worst months for mosquitoes. . Mosquitoes love standing water, and love you when you eat bananas. Mosquitoes are also attracted to some perfumes, including perfumed shampoos. 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. 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. Some that work include Off! Deep Woods, Off! Family Care Unscented with Aloe Vera, Cutter Unscented, Maggie’s Farm Natural, EcoSmart, All terrain Herbal Armor, Off Clip On, and Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Oil with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E (expensive). The fine net clothing available from Cabela’s and other sporting goods stores is highly effective in preventing mosquito bites.
Texas State Railroad Loop:  Jacksonville, Rusk, Palestine
Texas Birds Checklist
Bird Checklist for Pineywoods of Eastern Texas
Gus Engeling WMA Bird Checklist
Fishing Big Lake Bottom Wildlife Management Area:
Fishing access is permitted from CR 2906, though fishing is prohibited during hunting season.  State Parks Free Fishing Information
Hunting Big Lake Bottom Wildlife Management Area:
Public archery hunting by permit is available for white-tailed deer and an unlimited number of feral hogs. Youth hunts are available. Baiting is permitted. Use of ATVs or ORVs is allowed and strongly suggested. Camping is permitted, but there are no facilities.  
2017-2018 Hunting Details
Big Lake Bottom Wildlife Management Area Hunting Map & Regulations  
Big Lake Bottom Wildlife Management Area Hunting 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
Hunting Season by Animal
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Donations
Big Lake Bottom Wildlife Management Area Directions:
At Fairfield, Texas, take U.S. 84 East for 28 miles to FM 645.Note that the five miles on U.S. 84 before reaching 645 is also U.S. 79.Take FM 645 left approximately six miles to FM 3452 and turn left. Turn right on ACR 2901. The WMA main entrance is off ACR 2901. There is also another entrance off FM 645 (take ACR 2904 to ACR 2906 from FM 645). The WMA is located west of Palestine, Texas. N 31.43.294 W 95 49.355 
Directions From Palestine:
The WMA is located west of Palestine, Texas. From Palestine, take U.S. 79 (Oak Street) southwest to FM 645 and turn right. Drive approximately 6 miles north on FM 645 to FM 3452 and turn left. Turn right on ACR 2901. The WMA main entrance is off ACR 2901. There is also another entrance off FM 645 (take ACR 2904 to ACR 2906 from FM 645).