Purtis Creek

State Park - Texas

Purtis Creek State Park is located in Henderson and Van Zandt counties, southeast of Dallas, Texas. The 355-acre lake is a bass fishing destination.

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Trails Map of Purtis Creek State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.Purtis Creek - Trails Map

Trails Map of Purtis Creek State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.

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Campground Map of Purtis Creek State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.

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Trails Map of Purtis Creek State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.

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Interpretive Guide of Purtis Creek State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.

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Official Texas State Parks Guide (español). Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.

Purtis Creek SP https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/purtis-creek Purtis Creek State Park is located in Henderson and Van Zandt counties, southeast of Dallas, Texas. The 355-acre lake is a bass fishing destination.
For assistance using this map, contact the park. Purtis Creek State Park TexasStateParks.org/App TexasStateParks.org/SocialMedia #TxStateParks #BetterOutside LEGEND Headquarters EMERGENCY NUMBERS N Van Zandt County Sheriff Office 911 Wolfpen Hike and Bike Trail 1.2 mi. 59 58 57 1 2. i. m 1 2 3 45 6 7 Restrooms Showers Chemical Toilet Primitive Tent Sites 56 8 55 54 Water Only Sites 53 52 51 7 1. 9 50 10 12 11 13 14 31 49 15 48 32 16 47 33 46 16A 30 34 1817 35 29 45 36 28 44 43 37 27 19 42 38 26 41 39 20 40 21 22 25 23 24 1 State Parks Store i. m Water and Electric Sites Beaver Slide Nature Path and Primitive Camping Loop Dump Station M Wheelchair Accessible L K Hiking Trail J A H B G C i. D m Biking Trail I E Crappie Limit: 25 per day Size: 10 in. min. F Picnic Area Group Pavillion Catfish (Flathead) Limit: 5 per day Bass (White - Sand Bass) Limit: 25 per day Size: 10 in. min. Catfish (Blue and Channel) Limit: 5 per day (aggregate) Trailhead Bass (Black) Limit: 5 per day Size: 16 in. max. Amphitheater Designated Swimming Area Parking Boat Ramp So Fishing Pier lar PLEASE NOTE ail Tr Fish Cleaning .5 • CHECK OUT time is 12 p.m. or renew permit by 9 a.m. (pending site availability). mi . • Public consumption or display of any alcoholic beverage in a public place is prohibited. 60 61 62 T-shirts, caps and one-ofa-kind gift items are available at the headquarters building. • A maximum of eight people permitted per regular campsite; a maximum of four people per primitive campsite. Guests must leave the park by 10 p.m. Quiet time from 10 p.m. – 6 a.m. 63 • An excess parking fee is required at campsites with more than two vehicles (including trailers). Residence • Gray water and black water must be discharged only at dump stations. Maintenance Brush Piles (fish habitat) • Valid permit required on windshield of each vehicle in park. ALL VEHICLES ARE TO REMAIN ON PAVEMENT. • Numbered sites for overnight camping only. NO PICNICKING. To Eustace, Mabank & Gun Barrel City • Gathering of firewood is prohibited. FM • Swim, at your own risk, in designated area only. NO LIFEGUARD on duty. 31 6 To • No pets or glass containers allowed in swimming area or on adjacent beach. Ca 14225 F.M. 316 Eustace, TX 75124 (903) 425-2332 • Boats use idle speed only. nt on • Stop the spread of zebra mussels. CLEAN, DRAIN and DRY your boat. TPWD receives funds from the USFWS. TPWD prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and gender, pursuant to state and federal law. To request an accommodation or obtain information in an alternative format, please contact TPWD on a Text Telephone (TTY) at (512) 389-8915 or by Relay Texas at 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2989 or by email at accessibility@tpwd.texas.gov. If you believe you have been discriminated against by TPWD, please contact TPWD, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744, or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. © 2021 TPWD PWD MP P4508-105D (2/21) Park Host 64 • Pets must be kept on leash no longer than six feet. Please pick up after them. Texas State Parks Store Playground Texas State Parks is a division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. PARK RESERVATIONS TexasStateParks.org ParquesDeTexas.org (512) 389-8900 Proud Sponsor of Texas State Parks
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INTERPRETIVE GUIDE As in seasons past, young and old will make lasting memories while enjoying Purtis Creek State Park. THANK YOU FOR VISITING! OFFERING MORE THAN JUST GREAT BASS, PURTIS CREEK STATE PARK IS THE PERFECT PLACE FOR AN OUTDOOR ADVENTURE. RESPITE IS A SHORT DRIVE AWAY, ONLY AN HOUR SOUTHEAST OF DALLAS. HIKING AND BIKING OPPORTUNITIES ABOUND, OR IF WATER IS YOUR THING, WET A LINE OR PADDLE ON THE 355-ACRE NO-WAKE LAKE. NO MATTER HOW YOU SPEND YOUR TIME, YOUR MEMORIES ARE SURE TO GROW While enjoying this natural beauty, please remember that everything you see in the park is protected. Artifacts, rocks, plants, and animals (even snakes) are all part of the region’s rich cultural and natural heritage. Help us keep recreational use sustainable for the future and protect these resources by leaving things as you find them. Help us protect this beautiful park for many years to come by keeping it safe and clean. We hope you will visit these other state parks while visiting North Texas: Lake Tawakoni State Park 10822 FM 2475 Wills Point, TX 75169; (903) 560-7123 Cedar Hill State Park 1570 West FM 1382 Cedar Hill, TX 75104; (972) 291-3900 Fairfield Lake State Park 123 State Park Road 64 Fairfield, TX 75840; (903) 389-4514 Visit www.tpwd.texas.gov for more information on these and other Texas state parks and historic sites. Purtis Creek State Park 14225 FM 316 N. Eustace, TX 75124 (903) 425-2332 • www.tpwd.texas.gov/purtiscreek Cover photo: ©Tom Hadley (JUST LIKE THE STORIES OF THE FISH YOU’VE CAUGHT!). © 2019 TPWD. PWD BR P4508-0105J (7/19) In accordance with Texas State Depository Law, this publication is available at the Texas State Publications Clearinghouse and/or Texas Depository Libraries. TPWD receives funds from the USFWS. TPWD prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and gender, pursuant to state and federal law. To request an accommodation or obtain information in an alternative format, please contact TPWD on a Text Telephone (TTY) at (512) 389-8915 or by Relay Texas at 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2989 or by email at accessibility@tpwd.texas.gov. If you believe you have been discriminated against by TPWD, please contact TPWD, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744, or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. Texas State Parks is a division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. PURTIS CREEK S TAT E PA RK P U R T I S C R E E K S T A T E P A R K A CYCLE OF SETTLEMENT A FAMILY TRADITION I place my kayak in the water, and gaze out across the lake. It’s an early morning, and the sun is only just beginning to rise; the sky is streaked pink and gold. The water is glass, and my boat glides across the surface, the line on my fishing pole whistling in the breeze. I take a moment and close my eyes; the lake is empty except for me and a Great Blue Heron, who’s here for the same reason I am – the fish. P urtis Creek State Park has been a camping destination for several thousand years, long before anyone dreamed of creating a park here. Prehistoric peoples likely camped in the upland flats and utilized the natural resources for temporary hunting/collecting camps. The lowland areas along Purtis Creek were rich with hunting and gathering opportunities, but would not have made for successful long term settlements due to the small size of the creek itself. Generations of us have called Purtis Creek State Park our fishing spot. Bass fishing is a family tradition. As I cast my spinnerbait into the water, I hear a slapping in a nearby cove. I look up, startled, and see a beaver warning I’m too close. A final splash and he’s back under the water. I paddle across to another spot on the water, catching a whiff of wild plum flowers in bloom. I cast again, dragging the lure across the surface, and I hook a fish. After a short tug-of-war, I reel in the biggest largemouth I’ve ever caught! I hear the Pik-chicka-weew call of the White-eyed Vireo and I feel he’s sharing in my victory. A huge smile on my face, I paddle towards shore, ready to share pictures of my catch with my daughter. When she’s a little older, I can’t wait to share From about 1,200 years ago to the early 1800s, Caddo Indians would have settled in this region, though outside of today’s park boundaries, along the banks of the Trinity, Sabine and Neches rivers, raising subsistence crops and hunting wild game. this tradition with her. How will you share Purtis Creek State Park with your family? Great Blue Herons and beavers call Purtis Creek State Park home. When the railroad came to town in 1880, it brought economic stability after the Civil War, and led directly to the development of Eustace a decade later. Fast forward to 1975, and the idea for the park was beginning to grow roots. By 1981, the twelfth and final land tract was acquired and construction could begin on the park. November 9
Visit www.tpwd.texas.gov/outdoor-annual for the most current regulations. PURTIS CREEK STATE PARK 14225 F.M. 316 • Eustace, TX 75124 (903) 425-2332 Other info: www.texasstateparks.org FISHING tip sheet Local Emergency: Call 911 Where to Fish: The park features two lighted fishing piers, shoreline and boat access. Licenses and Restrictions: A fishing license is not required at Purtis Creek State Park (our lake is completely within the boundaries of the park). When fishing from a pier or other man-made structure within a state park, there is a limit of two fishing poles per person. Fishing is by pole and line only. HARVEST REGULATIONS SPECIES DAILY BAG LIMIT LENGTH: MIN-MAX None Catch and Release ONLY 5 (in any combination) No Limit 5 Min: 18” – Max: No Limit 25 (in any combination) Min: 10” – Max: No Limit No Limit No Limit Bass: largemouth Catfish: channel, blue Catfish: flathead Crappie: black, white Sunfish All other fish: statewide bag and length limits apply. SPECIES FISHING OPPORTUNITIES © 2019 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department In accordance with Texas State Depository Law, this publication is available at the Texas State Publications Clearinghouse and/or Texas Depository Libraries. POOR FAIR GOOD EXCELLENT Largemouth Bass Catfish Crappie Sunfish TPWD receives funds from the USFWS. TPWD prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and gender, pursuant to state and federal law. To request an accommodation or obtain information in an alternative format, please contact TPWD on a Text Telephone (TTY) at (512) 389-8915 or by Relay Texas at 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2989 or by email at accessibility@tpwd.texas.gov. If you believe you have been discriminated against by TPWD, please contact TPWD, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744, or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. PWD LF P4508-105E (10/19) HA N DY FISH ING BASICS HOW TO TIE A FISHING KNOT NATURAL BAIT HOOK PLACEMENT The palomar knot is very strong and easy to tie. HOW TO MEASURE FISH Pinch the tail together and take the longest measurement from nose to tail. Freshwater fish TIPS FOR RELEASING FISH SAFELY 1. For safety for you and a quick release of fish, mash down the barb of the hook with pliers. 2. Quickly play and release fish as soon as possible (take photos quickly). 3. Remove hook with pliers or cut line if the hook has been swallowed. 4. Gently place fish back into water. 5. Revive fish by holding upright in water and facing it into the current, gently forcing water through gills. Saltwater fish 6. If you don’t intend to eat the fish, NEVER place it on a stringer. FISHING ETHICS SAFETY • Wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen to protect your head, eyes and skin. • Use insect repellent – but keep off hands, as you will be handling bait and live fish. • Look behind you before each cast to avoid hooking someone or getting caught in a tree (practice casting before you go fishing). • Bring plenty of drinking water to prevent dehydration; soft drinks encourage dehydration. • Wear a life jacket if you cannot swim or you are uncomfortable around the water. Supervise young children: it only takes a second for them to slip under the surface. Kids under 13 must wear life jackets if fishing from a boat. Before doing anything, ask yourself the following questions: • • • Is it legal? Would it be good if everyone did it? Would it make you proud? Ethical behavior is more than just following the fishing regulations. Ethical people go beyond what laws require and demonstrate good judgment and behavior for everyone – even if no one sees you do something ethical. Ethical behavior includes picking up trash around the area you have been fishing, calmly and politely explaining to others if they are breaking fishing regulations, and respecting the rights of other anglers and those that use the water in other ways.
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