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Arkansas State Parks

USA Parks
Mississippi Valley Delta Region
Big Lake State Wildlife Management Area
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The Big Lake Bottom WMA is owned and operated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). The 4,071-acre management area lies adjacent to the Trinity River and is located about 10 miles southwest of Palestine in Anderson County. It was purchased by TPWD to preserve the rapidly disappearing Post Oak Savannah's bottomland hardwood habitat. Currently 2,870 acres of the area are accessible and open for public use. The management area is not totally contiguous, but fragmented by private tracts of land. It is accessible from county roads at two locations.

The topography, soil types, and vegetation of the area are representative of the Post Oak Savannah river bottoms. Soils are of poorly drained clays, common on flood plains that are unprotected from flooding. Since the terrain is flat and lies within the river's flood plain, the area is often covered by shallow slow moving floodwaters. The area is normally inaccessible several times a year for extended periods due to high water or wet soil conditions. Over 90 percent of the management area is bottomland habitat of mature hardwood timber. A systematic inventory of the management area's plant community has cataloged over 450 plant species.

Principal wildlife species found on Big Lake Bottom WMA include white-tailed deer, feral hog, ducks, mourning dove, fox squirrel, gray squirrel, bobcat, raccoon, skunk, armadillo, coyote, gray fox, and many species of reptiles and migratory birds.

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Big Lake Bottom WMA is located about two hours southeast of Dallas. Take IH 45S for 85 miles to Fairfield. At Fairfield take US 84W for 35 miles to Loop 256 around Palestine. (Note: The 12 miles before reaching Loop 256 is also US 79) Go north on Loop 256 to FM 320, then take FM 320 west for eight miles to the intersection of FM 645. Turn left onto FM 645. The WMA main entrance is accessible from CR 2901 off FM 645. There are two other access points off CR 645. From CR 645 take CR 2904 to CR 2906 or from FM 645 turn onto CR 2908 then left on CR 2907 to CR 2909.


Arkansas State Parks