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BEAR CREEK (Polk County). The longest of five Bear creeks that rise in Polk County begins a mile north of Hortense in the eastern part of the county (at 30°50' N, 94°42' W) and runs south for 14½ miles to its mouth on Big Sandy Creek, 1½ miles east of Camp Ruby (at 30°42' N, 94°41' W). The stream rises in the East Texas timberlands and crosses an area of flat to low-rolling hills and prairies, surfaced with sandy and clayey loams that support open stands and forests of ponderosa pine and Douglas fir, as well as areas of young forest and grass. The creek flows through the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation.

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