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Hemphill
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Black Kettle National Grasslands
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Black Kettle National Grassland Information:
The 31,576 Acre preserve was purchased during the 1930s for the purpose of returning a portion of the badly eroded land of the Dust Bowl to its natural state. The preserve, which includes Lake Marvin and the Old Military Road Campground, is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Forest Service under a policy of multiple-use for range, watershed, recreation, and wildlife. Open grasslands, marshes and woodlands provide habitats for wildlife ranging from deer and turkeys to wood ducks and barred owls. The majority of the grasslands are located in Oklahoma. Recreation in the Texas portion of the grasslands is available at the Lake Marvin NRA.  Lake Marvin & Old Military Road Campground Information & Map
 
Lake Marvin Recreation Area - Old Military Road Campground:
The lake was formed in the 1930s by the construction of a dam on Boggy Creek. The 63 surface acre Lake Marvin and the 576 acre Marvin Lake Recreation Area are located in the Black Kettle National Grasslands, a part of the Cibola National Forest. Lake Kiowa is located nearby, and the Gene Howe WMA is located west of the lake on FM 2266. Lake Marvin NRA amenities include Lake Marvin, a boat ramp, two wildlife blinds, a boardwalk, a picnic area, a 1.7 mile interpretive trail, 7 RV sites with electric and water hookups, 7 tent campsites without hookups, a group campsite and a vault toilet. All campsites have picnic tables and BBQ grills. Activities include fishing, birding and no wake boating. Fish species include channel catfish, largemouth bass and bluegill. The campground is open year round. The recreation area is managed by the Texas parks and Wildlife Department, Gene Howe WMA. (806) 323-8642. The NRA is located at 15412 Lake Marvin Road, Canadian, Texas 79014. From Canadian at the intersection of U.S. 60 and U.S. 83, take U.S. 83 South/60 west and drive 0.2 miles to the Lake Marvin Recreation Area sign. Turn left after the sign onto FM 2266 east and drive 11.1 miles to a "Y" intersection and the recreation area sign. Bear right at the sign and drive 0.1 miles to another "Y" intersection. Again, bear right and go 1 mile to the campground on left. The lake is located 12 miles east of Canadian, Texas. Map & Information   Lake Marvin Fish Stocking History 
 
Historic Landmark Cottonwood Tree:
The cottonwood is located the historic Military and Stageline Trail on the South Canadian River. The Canadian River was known to have quicksand at various locations. The tree served as a landmark for the quicksand free Canadian River crossing used by Indians, pioneers, buffalo hunters and military units traveling the area prior to 1890. Fort Elliott, the first permanent settlement in the Texas Panhandle, was established approximately 33 miles south of the tree. The tree is located in the Black Kettle Grasslands on the east side of Lake Marvin, approximately 14 miles east of Canadian. From Canadian, take U.S. 60E/U.S. 83N 1.9 miles to FM 2266. Go right on FM 2266 and drive 10 miles until the pavement ends. Continue on the gravel road, staying to the right for 1.5 miles to the trailhead and Texas Historical Marker. 
 
Birding - Texas Panhandle Plains Birding Trail:
Canadian Breaks Loop:  Canadian, Perryton, Spearman, Lipscomb, Glazier
Texas Birds Checklist
Bird Checklist for the High Plains & Rolling Red Plains of Texas, Region 2
 
Directions to Lake Marvin & Old Military Road Campground:
From Canadian at the intersection of U.S. 60 and U.S. 83, TAKE U.S. 83 south/U.S. 60west. Drive 0.2 miles to Lake Marvin Recreation Area. After the sign, go left onto FM 2266 east and drive 11.1 miles to a “Y” intersection and the recreation area sign. Go right at the “Y” and drive 0.1 miles to the next “Y” intersection. Go right at this “Y” and drive one mile to the campground.