In East Texas, near the Louisiana border, Martin Creek Lake State Park has opportunities for a variety of outdoor activities all year-round. From excellent fishing to camping, boating, picnicking, swimming, hiking, and nature watching, Martin Creek Lake State Park has everything you, your family, and your fur baby need to have a fun and relaxing park experience.
For campers, the park offers cabins, screened shelters, and a number of campsites that range from primitive walk-in sites to those with just water or with both water and electricity. The park also has a 75-person picnic pavilion for family events. On the lake, visitors can rent canoes to fish for largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, or sunfish. Visitors may fish from the shore without a fishing permit. During the winter, there are a number of fishing tournaments held in the park. Check the park’s website for dates.
Just like other Texas state parks, Martin Creek Lake State Park does not allow pets inside buildings. And for your pet’s safety and for the protection of local wildlife, dogs must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet at all times. If you’re hiking with your dog, always bring enough water for yourself and your pet. In the park, it’s always a good idea to bring waste bags, and always be sure to clean up after yourself and your pet. Be respectful of posted rules and of other park visitors; never bring aggressive dogs or unvaccinated puppies, or allow your dog to be a nuisance to others.
The park is open daily; the gate is open from 6 AM to 10 PM. Admission to the park is $3 per adult, but free for children under 13. Reservations can be made in advance by calling the park’s office or by visiting the park’s website. If you’re looking to make a day trip or a weekend getaway to enjoy the great outdoors, Martin Creek Lake State Park has something for everyone to enjoy.