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RATCLIFF LAKE RECREATION AREA, TX

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 facility is open year-round...
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Know Before You Go
  • This facility has first-come, first-served sites
  • An entrance fee of $3.00 dollars per vehicle is charged to access Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area including the Group Shelters and Amphitheater.
  • Limit one RV unit (fifth-wheel, motorhome, trailer or pop-up) or two tents per site; each extra vehicle is charged $3/night on-site and may need to park in parking lot across from concession area
  • No gas motors allowed on the lake
  • No ATVs or ORVs allowed in the park or on hiking trails
  • Picnic shelter is for day use only; no overnight camping allowed
  • Amphitheater site has no tables or grills
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  • Don't Move Firewood: Help protect our forests! Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. Moving firewood is illegal in some states. Visit dontmovefirewood.org to learn more.
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Day Use GROUP SHELTER ELECTRIC 0
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DOGWOOD LOOP STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 50 Back-In
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DOGWOOD LOOP STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 50 Back-In
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DOGWOOD LOOP STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 50 Back-In
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DOGWOOD LOOP STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 60 Back-In
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DOGWOOD LOOP STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 50 Back-In
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Electric Hookup Full Hookup - no
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Electric Hookup Full Hookup - no
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DOGWOOD LOOP STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 50 Back-In
Electric Hookup Full Hookup - no
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LAKESIDE LOOP TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC 8 20 Parallel
Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
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LAKESIDE LOOP TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC 8 20 Back-In
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LAKESIDE LOOP TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC 8 40 Back-In
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LAKESIDE LOOP TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC 8 20 Parallel
Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
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LAKESIDE LOOP TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC 8 15 Back-In
Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
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LOBLOLLY LOOP TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC 8 20 Pull-Through
Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
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LOBLOLLY LOOP TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC 8 20 Back-In
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LOBLOLLY LOOP TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC 8 20 Pull-Through
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Footnotes: (applicable only where specifically marked above)
** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
*** Some sites may be available only from the campground on a first-come-first-served basis.
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Overview

Overview

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 facility is open year-round and includes a large campground, picnic areas, a reservable amphitheater, a swim area and many opportunities for outdoor recreation. Camping is available year-round.

The Davy Crockett National Forest, named for the legendary pioneer, contains more than 160,000 acres of East Texas woodlands, streams, recreation areas and wildlife habitat. Located in Houston and Trinity Counties, the forest is centrally located within the Neches and Trinity River basins.

Natural Features:

The campground is heavily forested with loblolly pine, oak and other hardwoods, and surrounds Ratcliff Lake. A wide variety of wildlife exists in the area, including the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker.

Recreation:

Swimming, fishing, hunting, hiking and picnicking are the area's main activities. The designated swimming area and playground provides much fun for the kids (no lifeguard on duty).

Fishing piers are available for anglers to try for largemouth bass, bream and channel/blue catfish. Only electric motors are allowed on the lake. Principal game for hunting on the national forest includes squirrel, deer, quail, dove, turkey and waterfowl.

Three main hiking trails can be accessed from the facility: the 1.5-mile Tall Pines, 0.75-mile Trail Tamers and the 20-mile Four C, which winds through many types of forests to a scenic overlook.

Learn more about recreation in the national forest.

Facilities:

Ratcliff Lake has 56 campsites most of which are first-come, first-served. Reservable sites in the Dogwood Loop have electrical hookups and can accommodate vehicles up to 50 ft. long. Flush toilets, hot and cold showers and trash bins are also provided. Two picnic shelters and an amphitheater (accommodating up to 30 people) are also reservable.

In addition, there are 17 single family picnicking units, two wooden fishing piers, one earthen pier, one fishing platform and a boat ramp.

Nearby Attractions:

The Big Slough Wilderness Area, located along the Neches River about five miles north of Ratcliff, is free of modern development and gives the visitor a place for solitude and primitive experiences.

Booking Window

GROUP SHELTER ELECTRIC

Sat Aug 02 2014 - Fri Jul 31 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

STANDARD ELECTRIC

Sat Aug 02 2014 - Sat Jan 31 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC

Sat Aug 02 2014 - Sat Jan 31 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Wed Jan 01 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
Peak Thu Jan 01 2015 Thu Dec 31 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Accessible Swimming
  • Accessible Trails
  • Amphitheater
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoe Rentals
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Pier
  • Flush Toilets
  • General Store
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Host
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Lake Access
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Parking Spurs
  • Paved Roads
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground
  • Swimming
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Wildlife Viewing
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Hunting
Within 10 Miles
  • Bank
  • Horseback Riding
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy

Special Policy Applicable to this Facility
Standard Electric sites: Add $5.00 / night electical hookup fee

Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
Jan 01 2014 -
Dec 31 2014
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $15.00
STANDARD ELECTRIC $15.00
GROUP SHELTER ELECTRIC $35.00
Peak Season
Jan 01 2015 -
Dec 31 2015
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $15.00
STANDARD ELECTRIC $15.00
GROUP SHELTER ELECTRIC $35.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
31.38833, -95.155
31°23'18"N, 95°9'18"W

From Crockett, Texas, take State Highway 7 east for 15 miles. The recreation area is on the left between the towns of Ratcliff and Kennard.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

RATCLIFF LAKE RECREATION AREA
18551 State Highway 7 East
KENNARD  TX  75487

Phone Number:

Information:  (936)655-2299