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PURTIS CREEK STATE RECREATION AREA. Purtis Creek State Recreation Area is on Farm Road 316 three miles north of Eustace in Henderson and Van Zandt counties. The 1,566-acre park was purchased from private owners between 1976 and 1982 for $2 million. Among the park's main attractions is a small fishing lake, which is regularly stocked with bass and other fish. The terrain is typical of the Post Oak Savannah region of Texas, with abundant stands of oak, elms, walnuts, pecans, and eastern red cedars. Woodpeckers, warblers, vireos, and other woodland birds are common in the area. Facilities include restrooms, hiking trials, camping and picnicking areas, and a boat ramp.

Ray Miller, Texas Parks (Houston: Cordovan, 1984).
Christopher Long

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Handbook of Texas Online, Christopher Long, "Purtis Creek State Recreation Area," accessed November 18, 2017,

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