Henderson, Van Zandt
Praries & Lakes
Purtis Creek Texas State Park
Purtis Creek State Park Information:
This 1,582 acre park was acquired from private owners in 1977. It opened to the public in 1988. The 355 acre lake was designed specifically as a fishing lake where largemouth bass would be plentiful, and where bass fishing would be on a catch and release basis only. Just east of the park on private property, is a cliff overhang once used by unknown Indians as a temporary shelter. The Petroglyphs carved into the rock walls indicate this area was a good hunting ground. Later, the Wichita and Caddo Indians roamed the area. Due to the great hunting, the area became popular with Anglos in the early to mid-1800s. The road bordering the southern edge of the park was once known as “Tyler to Porter’s Bluff Road,” a well-known stage route from East Texas to the Trinity River. Along this stage route just northeast of Edom near the Neches River, is the site where the famous Cherokee Indian Chief Boles was slain in the 1839 Battle of the Neches. Park entrance and camping fees apply. For more park information, watch the Park VideoFrom Athens take U.S. 175 west for 12 miles to Eustace. Go north on FM 316 for 3.5 miles.  Purtis Creek State Park Facilities Map 
Purtis Creek:
The creek rises in southwestern Van Zandt County two miles northwest of Denman Crossroads and flows southwest for 9 miles to its mouth on South Twin creek, 2 miles east of Pauline in northern Henderson County. The Purtis Creek State Park Lake is impounded on the creek. 
Purtis Creek State Park Lake, 349 Surface Acres:
The 355 acre lake was impounded on Purtis Creek in 1985, and has a maximum depth of 30 feet. The lake was designed specifically for largemouth bass fishing, and is well known for the success of this venture. Largemouth bass are plentiful and can be fished by pole and line only on a “Catch and Release” basis. Trophy bass may be weighed on a lakeside scale if they are then released alive back into the lake. Other fish species include crappie, catfish, sunfish, and white bass. Large catfish and crappie are abundant and may be retained. A fishing license is not required of anyone who fishes from the pier or shoreline inside a state park. Fishing amenities include 2 lighted fishing piers, 2 fish cleaning shelters, 3 boat ramps and courtesy docks. The park participates in theTackle Loaner Program. The lake has a no wake restriction and a limit of 50 boats on the lake at one time. The park store rents paddleboats, kayaks and canoes. Detailed lake maps are not available. For possibly better fishing results, read the Purtis Creek State Park Lake Fishing Tip Sheet.
Current Survey Report 
Lake Records 
Fish Stocking History
Purtis Creek State Park Directions:  
From Eustace, go north on FM 316 for 3.5 miles.
From Athens take U.S. 175 west for 12 miles to Eustace. Go north on FM 316 for 3.5 miles.