Ratcliff Lake: (936) 655-2299

Area Status: Open
Ratcliff Lake, Davy Crockett National Forest

USFS Volunteer Opportunity

The Davy Crockett National Forest is seeking interested candidates to volunteer as campground hosts at Ratcliff Lake Recreational Area. [Read more]


Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area was built in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It surrounds a picturesque 45-acre lake that was once a log pond and a source of water for the Central Coal and Coke Company sawmill which operated from 1902 to 1920. The area offers opportunities for camping, picnicking, swimming, fishing and hiking. The Four C National Recreation Trail is 20 miles and originates in the Ratcliff Recreation Area and goes to the Neches Bluff Overlook.

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Forest visitors can now camp up to 28 days at selected recreation areas in the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas.   Extended camping is offered at:

Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area - Sites: 7, 9, 16, 20, 26, 32, 43, and 45

For more information call 936-655-2299.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: The National Forests and Grasslands in Texas, Davy Crockett National Forest, Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area camping sites are now open and can be reserved at recreation.gov.
For the current status of trails and campgrounds, please contact the Davy Crockett Ranger District Office at 936-655-2299.  
Reservations: Some sites are reservable. Call 1-877-444-6777  or visit www.recreation.gov
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees: See Ratcliff Lake Fee Table
Closest Towns: Crockett, Texas; Lufkin, Texas; Ratcliff, Texas
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush toilet with showers

General Information


From Lufkin: Take Hwy. 103 west for 16 miles where it merges with Hwy. 7. Continue west for 12 miles and turn right at entrance to the recreation area.

From Crockett: Take Hwy. 7 east for 15 miles and turn left on entrance road ($5 day-use fee per vehicle, per day at Ratcliff Lake).

General Notes:

Ratcliff Lake Fees

Camping (At single sites - up to two vehicles and eight people camping per site. At group sites – up to three vehicles and 20 people camping per site. Additional vehicles are $5 per vehicle per day.)

   Electrical Sites:  $20 per day

   Electrical Sites with Interagency Senior/Access or Golden Age/Access:  $10 per day

   Non-Electrical Sites:  $15 per day

   Non-Electrical Sites with Interagency Senior/Access or Golden Age/Access:  $7.50 per day

   Additional vehicles over 2 at each site:  $5 per vehicle, per day

   Non-Electrical Group Sites:  $30 per day

   Non-Electrical Group Site with Interagency Senior/Access or Golden Age/Access:  $15 per day

Additional vehicles over 3 at each site:  $5 per vehicle, per day

Campsites are available by reservation and first come, first served.  Reservations can be made two days in advance at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.

 Picnicking, Boating, Fishing, Hiking, and Swimming:  $5 per vehicle, per day

Group Shelters & Amphitheater – By reservation only -- fee required (no discounts) Reserve 2 days in advance at www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777.

   $5 per vehicle, per day

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

RV Camping

No. of Sites 28
Reservation Info Electric and non-electric sites can be reserved 2 days in advance at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. (All others are first come, first served) Fee required.
Hookup - Water Available at some sites
Hookup - Sewer No
Dump Stations Yes
Hookups - Electric 30 amp
Pavement Type of Parking Asphalt
No. of Accessible sites

Group Camping

Lake and Pond Fishing

Non-motorized boats only
Fishing Platform Yes
Accessible Platform Yes

Day Hiking

Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area is a trailhead for the 20 mile 4-C National Recreation Trail.


Group Picnicking

Boating - Non-Motorized

Electric motors permitted
Launch Ramps Gravel



Camping trailer: RV sites with hookups
Picnic tables: On all sites and day use area
Tent camping: Tent pads provided
Parking: At sites, day use-Concession, 4C trailhead and overflow
Toilets: Flush - 1 in Day Use and 5 in Camping areas; Camping also has hot showers.
Accessible: 2 bathrooms with showers; ¾ mile trail located in Day Use area, “Trail Tamers Trail”
Drinking water: Drinking water is provided by faucets centrally located in the campground and day use area

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