Martin Dies, Jr. State Park

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Martin Dies, Jr. State Park

Texas

(409) 384-5231

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Overview

Martin Dies, Jr. State Park, until 1965 known as the Dam B State Park, is a 705-acre recreational area in Jasper and Tyler Counties between Woodville and Jasper on B. A. Steinhagen Reservoir (15,000 acres). The land for the park was acquired under a 50-year lease from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1964 and was opened in 1965. Adjacent to Big Thicket National Preserve, the park is located in the thick "East Texas Pineywoods" where cypress, willow, beech, magnolia and sweet bay are common. Autumn annually brings the golden hues of beeches which are brilliant against the reds of blackgums and oaks, mixed among the evergreen pines. Abundant hiking trails afford access to view wildlife including woodland warblers, woodpeckers, bluebirds, herons, wood ducks, cranes, bald eagles and swallow tailed kites. Alligators can also be spotted in the water.

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Latitude, Longitude: 30.852937, -94.171792

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Activities

  • Boating

    Canoes can be rented through the park. Canoe trips down the Angelina or Neches River are taken on the third Saturday of every month, except August. Call the park at least one week in advance to make reservations for scheduled canoe trips.

  • Bicycling

    Bicycles can be rented through the park. There is a 4 mile bicycle trail.

  • Camping

    The park has 2 Limited Use Cabins (also known as mini-cabins), one in the "Hen House Ridge" shelter area and one in the "Walnut Ridge" shelter area. The cabins have heat, air conditioning, bunk beds (bring your own linen) and a screened porch. The outside has water, a fire-ring with a grill, a barbecue pit, and a picnic table. 4 Screen shelters have been remodeled to include heat and air conditioning. These Shelters with Amenities are located in the "Hen House" and "Walnut Ridge" shelter areas.

    Other facilities include screened shelters; campsites with water; campsites with water and electricity; a group dining/meeting hall; restrooms with hot showers; trailer dump stations.

    Contact the park for reservations and availability.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is permitted on B.A. Steinhagen Lake. Predominant fish species include largemouth bass, spotted bass, crappie, and catfish.

    Area maps are available from the USACE Town Bluff Project Office and Martin Dies, Jr. State Park. Fishing Regulations

    Fishes are regulated under current statewide regulations. Angling Opportunities

    Due to the shallow nature of the reservoir, the most popular game fish at B.A. Steinhagen is the catfish. Channel, blue, and flathead catfish are all present in good numbers. An average population of largemouth bass is present and fishing is fair. Good numbers of spotted bass are present in the Angelina River. A good crappie fishery exists, especially in the spring. Low numbers of white bass are present and the fishery is limited to the early spring during the spawning run above the reservoir. Bluegill and redear sunfish are present in high numbers and provide good fishing, especially for youth or inexperienced anglers.

    Fishing Cover/Structure

    In this shallow lake, the abundance of aquatic vegetation is relatively high. Predominant types are water hyacinth, hydrilla, and American lotus. Flooded timber and cypress trees provide additional cover for game fish. Above the reservoir, the Angelina and Neches rivers provide excellent habitat for spotted bass, crappie, and catfish. Tips & Tactics

    Anglers catch catfish throughout the reservoir, although the best catfishing is found in the Neches River above the reservoir. Trotliners and jugliners catch blues and channels on cut bait, while flathead catfish prefer live bait. Catches of flathead catfish over 50 pounds are common in the Neches River. Anglers are most successful at catching largemouth bass during the fall, winter, and spring months when the water is cooler and fish are active for longer periods of the day. When fish are active, crankbaits and spinnerbaits worked around vegetation will catch bass. During the hot summer, the bite slows and fish activity is usually concentrated during early morning and late evening. Poppers, propeller baits, and flukes are good topwater choices during low light conditions. As the sun rises, bass concentrate in or around vegetation edges, lily pads, cypress knees, and creek channels. During this time, plastic worms are the preferred bait. Spotted bass provide a year-round fishery in the Angelina River. Small spinners and topwaters worked around brush are good choices. Most crappie are caught in shallow water during the spring spawn on jigs and minnows. Sunfish, especially bluegill and redear sunfish, can be caught year-round but fishing peaks in late spring or summer when fish are on their spawning beds. Small jigs, spinners, and crickets all catch sunfish.

  • Hiking

    There are 4 miles of multi-use trails for hiking and mountain biking and 2 miles of nature/interpretive trail.

  • Historic Sites

    There are naturalist activities on weekends and outdoor educational facilities. For information on the schedule for these activities, contact the park. Group tours by reservation.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is encouraged, some picnic facilities available.

  • Water Sports

    Canoes can be rented through the park. Canoe trips down the Angelina or Neches River are taken on the third Saturday of every month, except August. Call the park at least one week in advance to make reservations for scheduled canoe trips.

Seasonality/Weather

July average high is 93; January average low is 38; first/last freeze: November 6/March 23; September is wettest month.

Directions

Driving

To reach the park from US Highway 69, travel 17 miles east from Woodville on US Highway 190; from US Highway 96, travel 12 miles west from Jasper on US Highway 190; or from Houston, take US Highway 59 north to Livingston, and then travel east on US Highway 190 for 65 miles to the park via Park Road 48.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(409) 384-5231

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