Ratcliff Lake: (936) 655-2299

  

Ratcliff Lake, Davy Crockett National Forest

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: www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777
Rentals & Guides: Boat and canoe rental available seasonally.
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

Directions:

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).


General Notes:

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


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Activities


Camping & Cabins

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Fishing

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Hiking

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Swimming

Boating - Non-Motorized

Electric motors permitted
Launch RampsGravel

Amenities

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

 
  Latitude : 
31.3835

  Longitude : 
-95.1533