Activities and Amenities
Lake O' the Pines includes about 18,700 acres of water and 9,000 acres of land. The Johnson Creek Day Use Area is located near the confluence of Johnson Creek and Lake O' the Pines.
The lake was created by the construction of the Ferrell's Bridge Dam on the Big Cypress Bayou. The reservoir was originally created as part of the overall plan for flood control in the Red River Basin below Denison Dam in Oklahoma, and has now become a recreational oasis for outdoor enthusiasts.
Boating, fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing are all popular pastimes at Johnson Creek.
Lake O' the Pines fishing includes largemouth small mouth and hybrid bass along with crappie, sunfish and catfish. In addition to boat fishing, there are also areas for bank fishing along the shore and below the dam along Big Cypress Bayou.
The surrounding 4,500 acres of federally owned property includes excellent hunting opportunities. In addition, the lake surface provides some of the best waterfowl hunting in East Texas.
Johnson Creek offers a large group picnic shelter, complete with electric hookups, that can accommodate up to 100 guests.
A boat ramp, dock and swimming beach are also provided, making the area perfect for large parties or family functions.
Other historic and tourist attractions are nearby in the towns of Jefferson and Marshall, and Texas Wildflower Trail routes are located along the roads surrounding the lake.