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

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

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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