Lake O’ The Pines

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Lake O’ The Pines is located 25 miles northeast of Longview in Marion, Morris, Upshur, and Camp counties. The lake is 16,919 surface acres, with a maximum depth of 49.5 feet. Aquatic vegetation covers roughly 15 to 20 percent of the lake’s surface area. The dominant species of vegetation include hydrilla, buttonbush, water primrose, and American lotus. Structural habitat is comprised of inundated timber, brush, creek channels, and rip rap. Aquatic macrophytes are present in moderate densities throughout the reservoir. Hydrilla is the dominant aquatic plant species.

This lake’s diverse fish community offers many angling opportunities. White bass are native to the Cypress River Basin; the population is abundant and contains many legal-size fishes. Crappie, also popular with anglers, are quite abundant with large proportions of legal-size fish available. Both white and black crappie are present with black crappie being the dominant species. Channel, blue, and flathead catfish are all present. The largemouth bass population is abundant with many legal-size fish available for harvest. Sunfish (bluegill, redear, and redbreast) are abundant with quality-size fish available. Fishing on the lake is under statewide regulations with one special regulation: For black crappie and white crappie caught from December 1 through the last day in February, there is no minimum length limit. Daily bag is 25 in any combination of black and white crappie, and all crappie caught must be retained. In other months, crappie are subject to a 10-inch minimum length limit and a daily bag of 25.

Public Ramps & Marinas

A1: Lone Star Landing
  • From Lone Star, take US 259 south and turn left on FM 729 before the bridge at Big Cypress Creek. The road to the ramp is about 1 mile south of the intersection.
  • Ramp handles boats of all sizes
  • No fee
  • Open all year
  • Operated by US Army Corps of Engineers (903) 665-2336
A2: Highway 155 Landing (Dishman’s)
  • Take US 259 north out of Ore City. Go 3.1 miles and turn right on Texas 155. Go approximately 1 mile and turn left at the sign.
  • Ramp handles boats of all sizes
  • Fee required
  • Open all year
  • Privately operated
A3: Cedar Springs Ramp
  • Located uplake on the south shore. Take US 259 north out of Ore City. Turn right on Texas 155 and go 1 mile to Cedar Springs. Look for sign on road, turn right and follow signs to ramp.
  • Ramp handles boats of all sizes
  • Launch fee required
  • Open all year
  • Operated by US Army Corps of Engineers (903) 665-2336
B1: Sunrise Cove
  • Located on the south shore at mid-lake. From Harleton, go 14 miles northwest on FM 450. Turn right on county road and follow signs to ramp.
  • Ramp handles boats of all sizes
  • Fee required
  • Open all year
  • Maintained by Marion County (903) 665-8336
B2: Pine Hill Ramp
  • Located on the south shore at mid-lake. From Harleton, go 12 miles northwest on FM 450. Turn right on county road and follow signs. Ramp is at end of road.
  • Ramp handles boats of all sizes
  • No fee
  • Open all year
  • Operated by US Army Corps of Engineers (903) 665-2336
B3: Pop’s Landing
  • Located on the south shore at mid-lake. From Ore City, go southeast on FM 450. Go 2.5 miles and turn left (northeast) on county road. Follow almost to end of road, turn right at last county road intersection.
  • Ramp handles boats of all sizes
  • No fee required
  • Open all year
  • Maintained by Marion County (903) 665-8336
B4: Oak Ridge Ramp
  • Located on the south shore at mid-lake. From Ore City, go southeast on FM 450. Go 2.5 miles and turn left (northeast) on county road. Follow road to ramp at end.
  • Ramp handles boats of all sizes
  • No fee required
  • Open all year
  • Maintained by Marion County (903) 665-8336
B5: Woodie’s Ramp
  • Located on the south shore at mid-lake. From Harleton, go north 5 miles on FM 1968. Turn left (west) on FM 726, go 2.5 miles, and turn right (north) on county road. Go 3/4 mile and turn left at the next county road, follow to ramp.
  • Unimproved ramp
  • No fee required
  • Open all year
  • Maintained by Marion County (903) 665-8336
B6: Copeland Creek
  • Located on the south shore at mid-lake. From Harleton, go north 5 miles on FM 1968. Cross FM 726 and continue on FM 968 to a T intersection. Turn left, go approximately 0.2 mile and turn right at sign.
  • Ramp handles all boat types
  • No fee
  • Open all year
  • Operated by US Army Corps of Engineers (903) 665-233
C1: Island View Marina
  • Located downlake on the south shore. From Harleton, go north 5 miles on FM 1968. Cross FM 726 and continue on FM 968. Turn right at the first county road and follow the signs.
  • Ramp handles all boat types
  • Fee required
  • Open all year
  • Privately operated
C2: Tejas Ramp
  • Located downlake on the south shore. From Harleton, go north 5 miles on FM 1968. Turn right (east) on FM 726, go 2 miles, and turn left on a county road marked with a sign. Follow road to ramp.
  • No fee required
  • Open all year
  • Maintained by Marion County (903) 665-8336
C3: Brushy Creek Park
  • Located on the south shore near the dam. From Jefferson, take Texas 49 west to FM 729, turn left, then left again on FM 726. Continue across dam and turn right on FM 3001, look for entrance on right.
  • Fee required
  • Open all year
  • Operated by US Army Corps of Engineers (903) 665-2336
C4: Lakeside Park
  • Located on the south shore by the dam. From Jefferson, take Texas 49 west to FM 729, turn left, then left again on FM 726. Continue across dam (about 4 miles) and turn right at park entrance.
  • Fee required
  • Open all year
  • Operated by US Army Corps of Engineers (903) 665-2336
D1: Hurricane Creek Park
  • Located on the north shore at Hurricane Creek. From Jefferson, take Texas 49 west to FM 729. Turn left, go 5 miles and look for sign on left side of road.
  • Ramp handles boats of all sizes
  • Launch fee required
  • Open all year
  • Operated by US Army Corps of Engineers (903) 665-2336
D2: Pine Harbor Ramp
  • Located downlake on the north shore. From Jefferson, take Texas 49 west to FM 729. Turn left, go 4 miles, and take the fourth road to the left.
  • Ramp handles boats of all sizes
  • No fee required
  • Open all year
  • Maintained by Marion County (903) 665-8336
D3: Holiday Harbor
  • Located downlake on the north shore. From Jefferson, take Texas 49 west to FM 729, turn west. Go 4 miles, take the fourth road on the left and follow the signs.
  • Ramp handles boats of all sizes
  • No fee required
  • Open all year
  • Maintained by Marion County (903) 665-8336
D4: Big Cypress Marina
  • Located downlake on the north shore. From Jefferson, take Texas 49 west to FM 729. Go 3.4 miles and turn left on FM 726. Go about 1 mile and look for sign on right.
  • Ramp handles boats of all sizes
  • Fee required
  • Open all year
  • Privately operated (903) 665-8582
D5: Overlook Park
  • Located at the northeast end of the dam. From Jefferson, take Texas 49 west and turn left on FM 729. Go 3.4 miles and turn left on FM 726. Go 2.5 miles and look for ramp on right.
  • Concrete ramp handles boats of all sizes
  • Fee required
  • Open all year
  • Operated by US Army Corps of Engineers (903) 665-2336
D6: Buckhorn Creek
  • Located downlake on the north shore. From Jefferson, take Texas 49 west to FM 729. Go 3.4 miles and turn left on FM 726. Go 1.5 miles and turn right.
  • Concrete ramp handles boats of all sizes
  • Fee required
  • Open March 1 – September 30
  • Operated by US Army Corps of Engineers (903) 665-2336
E1: Bull Frog Marina
  • Located on north side of the lake along Johnson Creek. From Jefferson, take Texas 49 west to FM 729. Turn left, go approximately 8 miles, turn right (north) and follow the signs.
  • Ramp handles boats of all sizes
  • Fee required
  • Open all year
  • Privately operated (903) 755-2712
E2: Johnson Creek Marina
  • Located on the north side of the lake, east shore of Johnson Creek. From Jefferson, take Texas 49 west to FM 729. Go 8 miles and turn left at the sign.
  • Ramp handles boats of all sizes
  • Fee required
  • Open all year
  • Privately operated (903) 755-2530
E3: Johnson Creek Park
  • Located on the north side of the lake, west shore of Johnson Creek. From Jefferson, take Texas 49 west to FM 729. Go 9 miles, turn left, and follow the signs.
  • Ramp handles boats of all sizes
  • Fee required
  • Open all year
  • Operated by US Army Corps of Engineers (903) 665-2336
E4: Alley Creek Park
  • Located on the north side of the lake at Alley Creek. From Texas 49, turn west on FM 729. Go 12 miles, cross Alley Creek bridge, turn left and follow the signs.
  • Ramp handles all boat types
  • Fee required
  • Open March 1 – September 30
  • Operated by US Army Corps of Engineers (903) 665-2336
E5: Mims Chapel Ramp
  • Located on the north shore at mid-lake. From Texas 49, turn west on FM 729. Go 14 miles and turn left at sign.
  • Ramp handles boats of all sizes
  • No fee
  • Open all year
  • Operated by US Army Corps of Engineers (903) 665-2336
E6: Oak Valley Park
  • Located on the north shore at mid-lake. Take FM 729 south from Lone Star. Turn right on the first county road after crossing Texas 155.
  • Ramp handles boats of all sizes
  • No fee
  • Open all year
  • Operated by US Army Corps of Engineers (903) 665-2336

 

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