About Johnson Creek Day Use
Johnson Creek Day Use Area is situated along the banks of the Lake O the Pines in the pine woods of east Texas. With convenient access to the water provided from the day use area, visitors are able to easily enjoy a day of boating or swimming in addition to picnicking. Natural Features: Lake O the Pines includes about 18,700 acres of water and 9,000 acres of land. The Johnson Creek Day Use Area is located near the confluence of Johnson Creek and Lake O the Pines. The lake was created by the construction of the Ferrells Bridge Dam on the Big Cypress Bayou. The reservoir was originally created as part of the overall plan for flood control in the Red River Basin below Denison Dam in Oklahoma, and has now become a recreational oasis for outdoor enthusiasts. Recreation: Boating, fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing are all popular pastimes at Johnson Creek. Lake O the Pines fishing includes largemouth small mouth and hybrid bass along with crappie, sunfish and catfish. In addition to boat fishing, there are also areas for bank fishing along the shore and below the dam along Big Cypress Bayou. The surrounding 4,500 acres of federally owned property includes excellent hunting opportunities. In addition, the lake surface provides some of the best waterfowl hunting in East Texas. Facilities: Johnson Creek offers a large group picnic shelter, complete with electric hookups, that can accommodate up to 100 guests. A boat ramp, dock and swimming beach are also provided, making the area perfect for large parties or family functions. Nearby Attractions: Other historic and tourist attractions are nearby in the towns of Jefferson and Marshall, and Texas Wildflower Trail routes are located along the roads surrounding the lake.
US Army Corps of Engineers
Johnson Creek Day Use is located in Lake O' The Pines in Texas
From Jefferson, Texas, travel 4 miles northwest on Highway 49. Turn left onto FM 729 and continue for just over 7 miles, then turn left again onto FM 726. After nearly 5 miles the park entrance will be on the right.
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