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.
~ Recreation Area Map ~
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
||www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777
|Rentals & Guides:
||Boat and canoe rental available seasonally.
||Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
||See Ratcliff Lake Fee Table
||Crockett, Texas; Lufkin, Texas; Ratcliff, Texas
||Flush toilet with showers
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 ($3 day-use fee per vehicle, per day at Ratcliff Lake).
Ratcliff Lake Fees
Camping (includes 2 vehicles per site & up to 8 people)
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: $3 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: $3 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, Swimming, and Dump Station: $3 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.
$3 per vehicle, per day