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Tawakoni Wildlife Management Area
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Tawakoni Wildlife Management Area Information:
The Pawnee Inlet, Duck Cove and Caddo Creek Units of this wildlife management area total 2,335 acres of land. 1,561 acres are owned by the Sabine River Authority of Texas and are leased the TPWD for a public hunting program. This WMA area provides habitat for duck, white-tailed deer, feral hog, dove, waterfowl, non-game birds, other migratory birds, rabbit, quail, squirrel and fish. Bring your own drinking water and insect repellant. There are no restrooms. Primitive camping is available in the Pawnee Inlet Unit at designated campsites. These campsites are cleared before hunting begins in the fall, but be prepared to clear them at other times during the year. Horseback riding permitted and must have proof of a negative Coggins test. Fishing is available on the southeast corner of the Caddo Creek Unit at the SH 34 Caddo Creek Bridge. Wildflower viewing and birding is available on two primitive trails. (903) 881-8233.
 
Lake Tawakoni Information:
The 37,700 surface acre Lake Tawakoni was formed by constructing the Iron Bridge Dam on the Sabine River. The lake lies immediately above the old Iron Bridge Crossing on FM 47. The lake was impounded in 1960, and has an average depth of 70 feet. Three branches of water join to form the Sabine River proper; a fourth branch (Lake Fork Creek) joins the other three branches at Lake Tawakoni. Lake Tawakoni is named after the Tawakoni Indians that lived in the area. The lake is owned and operated by the Sabine River Authority of Texas. It is located west of Lake Fork, with the City of Emory the midpoint between the two lakes. Lake Tawakoni is located 35 miles east of Dallas, 10 miles northwest of Wills Point, 15 miles southeast of Greenville, and approximately 8 miles west of Emory, Texas.  
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Lake Tawakoni State Park Information:
This 376.3 acre park opened to the public in 2002 on the 36,700 surface acre Lake Tawakoni. The parkland was acquired in 1984 through a 50 year lease, and is managed by TPWD. The lake and the Iron Bridge Dam are managed by the Sabine River Authority. The lake and park are named after the Tawakoni Ranchers and farmers many years ago. The park offers 5.2 miles of shoreline along the south central shore of the main body of the lake. Habitat consists mostly of upland re-growth and creek bottom, post oak woodlands, and approximately 40 acres of native tall grass prairie. Wildlife includes bobcat, coyote, possum, raccoons, beaver, red and gray fox, squirrels, armadillos, mink, white-tailed deer, turtles and frogs. Over 200 species of birds have been sighted in the park. The park is considered a fisherman’s paradise and is well-known for its high-fin blue catfish. The park gained fame in 2007 when a giant community spider web was discovered in the park. In January 2009, a fire burned approximately 125 acres. Park entrance and camping fees apply. For more park information, view the Park Video. The park is located 11.2 miles northwest of Edgewood, and 10 miles north of Wills Point, Texas. From Wills Point, take SH 47 north to FM 1475 and continue 4 miles to the park.
 
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
 
Birding Tawakoni Wildlife Management Area:
Texas Birds Checklist
Bird Checklist forthe Oaks and Prairies and Osage Plains (Cross Timbers) of Texas, Region 4
Van Zandt County Bird Checklist for North Central Texas
Tawakoni Wildlife Management Area Common Birds Checklist[RE1] 
 
Hunting Tawakoni Wildlife Management Area:
The WMA offers shotgun and archery hunting white-tailed deer, feral hog, dove, quail, waterfowl, woodcock, rails, gallinules snipe, squirrel, rabbits and hares. Waterfowl hunting is restricted to the surface of Lake Tawakoni and within 100 feet of the existing water’s edge.  All hunting is by Annual Public Hunting Permit except for youth only waterfowl hunts.
 
Hunting Tawakoni Wildlife Management Area:
The WMA offers shotgun and archery hunting for white-tailed deer, feral hog, dove, quail, waterfowl, woodcock, rails, gallinules snipe, squirrel, rabbits and hares. Waterfowl hunting is restricted to the surface of Lake Tawakoni and within 100 feet of the existing water’s edge.  All hunting is by Annual Public Hunting Permit except for youth only waterfowl hunts.  Pawnee Inlet Unit 2017-2018 Hunting Details
 
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
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Directions to the Pawnee Inlet Unit#708 of Tawakoni Wildlife Management Area:
From Lone Oak take FM 1571 west for approximately 2 miles.
 
Directions to the Caddo Creek Unit of Tawakoni Wildlife Management Area:
From Quinlan take SH 34 north for approximately 1.5 miles.
 
Directions to the Duck Cove Unit Tawakoni Wildlife Management Area:
From Quinlan take FM 35 east for 1 mile to FM 751. On FM 751 travel south approximately 7 miles. Turn west on CR 3827 for 1 mile.