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Save the Day Passes
Many parks fill to capacity on weekends and holidays. Pre-purchase a day pass and guarantee your entry and parking. Day passes are:
  • Only valid for entry during the time slot you select. Once you enter, you may stay in the park for the rest of the day.
  • Valid until 10 p.m., unless the park closes earlier.
  • Available up to 1 month in advance.
  • Not transferrable to another person or park.
  • Also sold at the park, if available.
Learn more about Save the Day Passes.
Driving Directions
From Dallas: Take Hwy 175 South 60 miles to Eustace. Turn left on FM 316, go North for 3.2 miles to the Park. Entrance on the left.

From Austin/San Antonio: Take I-35 North to 84 East. Go about 5 miles to Hwy 31 North to Athens. Take 175 North to Eustace. Turn right on FM 316 (North) for 3.2 miles to the Park. Entrance on the left.
Alerts and Important Information
Prescribed burns are planned during this timeframe (January-April), depending on weather and other factors. Prescribed fire operations and associated smoke may impact your visit. Some camping areas, lodging facilities, trails, and day-use areas may be closed for public safety. Contact the park to learn how this may affect your stay.

If your plans change, please modify or cancel your reservation as soon as possible to allow someone else to enjoy the park.

DAY USE FEE:
$5 per day, per person 13 and older.

OFFICE AND GATE INFORMATION:
Gate is open from 6am to 10pm.

Office Hours:
Weekdays and weekends 8:15am to 4:30pm

Walk up window will be open until 15 minutes after office doors close.

SWIMMING:
Swimming allowed in designated area during daylight hours only (reservations are not required).

FISHING:
Fishing for largemouth bass over 16 inches is catch & release only. Catfish, crappie, bluegill and sand bass can be retained. Frozen bait and live worms available at park store.

Only 50 motorized boats are allowed on the lake at a time (first come, first served).

After park closing hours, non-camping park users may stay overnight on the lake by paying a $2 per night activity use fee per person in the office before closing or in the self-pay station before 10 pm. (Activity fee expires at 6am regardless of when time it was paid). The Activity use fee is for lake use only as the park observes quiet hours after 10 pm.

PARK PHONE NUMBER: 903-425-2332
Notes
If arriving after the office closes, fill out a 'Self-Pay Envelope', located in the Iron Ranger, providing all information and place the white copy (receipt) on their windshields. Place the envelope portion into the Iron Ranger without depositing funds. Go to the camping area designated on your reservation and setup in any site that does not have a 'Tag' on the numbered post or someone's equipment in the site. All customers arriving after-hours must complete registration and payment at the Park Headquarters by 9am the next morning.

For other questions please call the park at 903-425-2332.

FOR PAVILION:
If you will be a late arrival, you must call the park prior to 5pm on arrival date for late arrival instructions at 903-425-2332.

Purtis Creek State Park camping trips are easy to plan with ReserveAmerica. Purtis Creek State Park campground reservations can be made online. Click one of the links below to see available campsites at Purtis Creek State Park or day pass availability.

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