Pineland Texas History:
In 1902, the Gulf, Beaumont and Great Northern Railway constructed a line through the area. The town of John Adam’s Mill grew up around the railroad stop. The town was a lumber camp during its early days. When the post office was established in 1904, the town was renamed Pineland. In 1906, the Garrison Norton Lumber Company took over the timber operation and constructed a mill the next year. When the company decided to move to a new location in 1910, Thomas L. L. Temple, a part owner of the mill, took over the operation and formed the Temple Lumber Company. Temple established a large commissary and issued tokens to the mill hands. These tokens could be used in trade at the commissary. Occasionally they could be redeemed in currency. The town incorporated in 1941. The lumber company remained the principle industry in 1988. Several Sam Rayburn recreational facilities are located in or near Pineland. Pineland is located on the western edge of the Sabine National Forest, just east of the Sam Rayburn Reservoir at the intersections of U.S. 96, FM 1 and FM 83, 54 miles southeast of Lufkin, 36 miles southeast of Etoile, 33 miles northeast of Zavalla, 28.6 miles southeast of Broaddus, 42 miles southeast of Center, 24 miles southeast of San Augustine, 58 miles south of Joaquin, 26 miles southwest of Geneva, 18 miles southwest of Milam,11 miles southwest of Hemphill, 23.8 miles north of Jasper, 8.6 miles north of Brookland, and 51.6 miles northeast of Woodville, Texas.
Arthur Temple Senior Memorial Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. The Payne Meeting Room is available for event rentals. Non-profits may use the meeting room for free. Open Mon & Wed-Fri, 9am-4pm; Tue, 10am-5pm. (409) 584-2546. The library is located on FM 83 East.
Biennial Pineland Days (Odd Years) on First Saturday in October:
Groups begin holding events in late August and continue until Pineland Day. Proceeds are used to fund community projects. Pineland Days activities include a parade, drawings for grand prizes, a carnival, a classic car show, a pageant, arts and crafts, food vendors, and more. School class reunions are often held during this event. This event is held at Katherine Sage Temple Park. (409) 787-2732.
Katherine Sage Temple Park:
Amenities include playgrounds, a tennis court, a basketball court, two baseball fields, walking trails, picnic tables, a picnic pavilion and restrooms. The old Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad station, the old Temple Lumber Company steam locomotive engine #20, and a collection of old sawmill homes from the early 1900s are also located within the park. (409) 584-2541. The park is located off SH 96 North on Maple Street. (409) 584-2541.
Rub yourself with Bounce Fabric Softener sheets, or use Vicks Vapor Rub or pure Mexican Vanilla; some swear taking a daily vitamin B-1 pill works to repel mosquitoes. The months of April through October are the worst months for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes love you when you eat bananas. 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 them in small metal buckets. The ThermaCell Mosquito Repellant is also quite effective in ridding small outdoor areas of mosquitos. Dynatrap Company makes an 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.
Birding - TEXAS PRAIRIES AND PINEYWOODS EAST BIRDING TRAIL:
Angelina Sabine Loop:
San Augustine, Etoile, Broaddus, Zavalla, Rockland, Pineland, Brookeland, Hemphill
Texas Bird Checklist with Photos
Bird Checklist for Pineywoods of Eastern Texas
Sabine County Bird Checklist with Photos
Angelina Forest & Sam Rayburn Lake Bird Checklist
Toledo Bend Reservoir Bird Checklist
East Texas Fall Foliage Trail:
A 22 mile self-guided tour information is available from the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitor Center. March. (888) 564-7351. 200 E. Main Street, Nacogdoches.
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
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
San Augustine Park & Gas Dock, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pineland & Broaddus:
The park features 100 campsites with electric and water hookups, picnic tables, fire rings, and a BBQ grills; sites 1-28, and 72-86 are closed after Labor Day through February each year. Additional amenities include a group shelter
, picnic areas, a four lane boat ramp accommodating all boat types, a courtesy dock, horseshoe pits, volleyball courts, a basketball court, playground, interpretive trail, a designated swimming area, a telephone, restrooms with hot showers, and a dump station. Live bait and gas are available. The boat ramp is open year round; fees apply. Activities include fishing, boating, swimming, and nature study. Fees apply. The park is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. (409) 384-5716. The park is located on the southeast shore of Sam Rayburn Reservoir in San Augustine County on the Ayish Bayou tributary. From Pineland, take FM 83 West 6 miles, then turn south on FM 1751, and drive 4 miles to the park entrance. Facilities Map
Rayburn Park, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pineland:
The 45 campsites include eight pull-throughs with 50 amp electric and water hookups, 16 back in sites with 30 amp electric and water hookups, and 21 sites without water and electric hookups. Sites 26-50 are open year round; sites 1-10 and 55-65 are open March 1 through Labor Day Weekend. Additional amenities include 4 day use picnic sites, a playground, a waterborne shower/restroom, two vault restrooms, a trailer dump station, a gatehouse, and three boat launches. Some sites may be reserved.
Phone Reservations: (877) 444-6777. (409) 384-5716. The park is located on the north shore of the Sam Rayburn Reservoir. From Broaddus, take SH 147 South 1 mile to FM 83. Turn left (east) on FM 83 and drive 8 miles, then turn right (south) on FM 705. Drive 11 miles, then turn right (west) on FM 3127 and drive 1.5 miles. Past the Piney Woods Conservation Center, turn onto Forest Service Road 322-1, and drive 0.25 miles to the park. Facilities Map
Sabine National Forest Information:
Located in the Pineywoods Region of east Texas, the 160,656-acre Sabine National Forest is the easternmost of the four national forests in Texas and forms part of the boundary between Texas and Louisiana. The forest is situated on the western slopes of the Sabine River watershed within Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Jasper, and Newton Counties. The earliest inhabitants were nomadic hunters who eventually became farmers. When the first Europeans visited the area and encountered these people, the Spanish called them “Tejas.” The Spanish built missions among the Tejas (now referred to as Caddo) in an attempt to convert them. They were unsuccessful and there were frequent hostilities between the tribes and the Europeans. By the beginning of the 19th
century the more than two dozen Caddo tribes had been reduced to a single tribe which was relocated to Oklahoma shortly after Texas gained statehood. SH 21 transverses the forest. Many historical markers are located along the route designating it the “El Camino Real de los Tejas,”
the original main route between the most eastern Spanish settlement at Los Adaes in Louisiana, and the missions of the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park
in San Antonio, Texas. The Toledo Bend Reservoir is located on the eastern side of the forest. It is a nationally known recreation area. There are extensive public and private facilities and amenities on the reservoir, including fish camps, marinas, campgrounds, picnic areas, lodging, parks, hiking and mountain bike trails, equestrian trails and hunting areas. For more complete forest information, go to the Sabine National Forest Home Page
. Forest Map
The 555 mile long Sabine River rises in three branches, the Cowleech Fork, the Caddo Fork, and the South Fork. A fourth branch known as the Lake Fork of the Sabine or Lake Fork Creek, joins the main stream forty miles downstream from the junction of the other three branches. The Cowleech Branch rises in northeast Hunt County and flows southeast for 35 miles to its confluence with the Caddo and South Forks to form the Sabine River Proper. The Caddo Fork rises in two forks, the East and West Caddo Forks; these forks unite in the southern part of Hunt County. The South Fork rises in the southwestern part of Hunt County and flows east for 18 miles to join the Caddo and Cowleech Forks. From this point the Sabine River flows southeast, forming the boundaries between Rains and Van Zandt, Van Zandt and Wood, Wood and Smith, and Smith and Upshur Counties. After crossing most of Gregg County, the river forms portions of the county lines between Gregg and Harrison, Harrison and Rusk, and Harrison and Panola counties before it bends more sharply across Panola County. At the thirty-second parallel in the southeastern corner of Panola County the Sabine becomes the state boundary between Texas and Louisiana, and thus the eastern boundary of Shelby, Sabine, Newton, Orange, and Jefferson Counties. The Toledo Bend Reservoir is located on the river between the boundaries of Louisiana and Texas. The Sabine River empties into Sabine Lake which is formed by the confluence of the Neches and the Sabine Rivers; the lake is drained by Sabine Pass into the Gulf of Mexico. Management of the river and watershed is overseen by the Sabine River Authority of Texas. Maps Fish Stocking History
Toledo Bend Reservoir Information:
The 185,000 surface acre Toledo Bend Reservoir is the largest man-made reservoir in the south, and the 5th
largest in the United States. The reservoir was formed by damming the Sabine River. The dam was built by the states of Texas and Louisiana without any Federal assistance. It was completed in 1969. The dam is located northeast of Burkeville and Mayflower, Texas in the northeast corner of Newton County, though very little of the reservoir is located in Newton County. The reservoir is located in the Sabine National Forest, and extends 65 miles northward into parts of Sabine and DeSoto parishes in Louisiana, and into Sabine, Shelby, and Panola Counties in Texas. The lake has 1,200 miles of shoreline, and a maximum depth of 110 feet. Many recreational facilities are located on the lake. Lake towns include Joaquin, Seagoville, Milam, Pontoon, Hemphill, and Burkeville, Texas. The lake is managed by the Sabine River Authority of Texas
and the Sabine River Authority of Louisiana
in Many, Louisiana. For more complete lake information, go to the Toledo Bend Reservoir Home Page
. Reservoir & Towns Map
Moore Plantation Wildlife Management Area Information:
The creation of this 27,547-acre Wildlife Management Area was a joint venture between the U.S. Forest Service, TPWD, and Temple-Eastex, Inc. It is located in the Sabine National Forest in Sabine and Jasper Counties. The WMA is part of the Public Hunting Area System (PHA) developed by TPWD. A broad group of wildlife species benefit from the area, such as squirrel, deer, eastern wild turkey, quail, migratory birds and other non-game species. The endangered red cockaded woodpecker is present in the WMA. Bring your own drinking water and insect repellant; there are no restrooms. Primitive camping is available in designated campsites. Horses are allowed and must have proof of a negative Coggins test; horse pens are available. Other activities include bicycling, fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing. Trapping and public hunting of white-tailed deer, feral hog, waterfowl, dove, other migratory game birds, squirrel, quail, rabbits, hares, predators, furbearers, and frogs is permitted. (409) 384-6894. Campsite Information: (409) 384-6894. For more complete WMA information, go to the Moore Plantation WMA Home Page
. From Jasper take U.S. 96 north 23.6 miles to Pineland. Take FM 1 then FM 2426 east 3 miles. An information station is located on the north side of the highway.
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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