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Camp & Hike at Purtis Creek S.P.

Weekend camping trip to Purtis Creek State Park.  I've never been here before, but I've heard many good things about it.  Purtis Creek SP is one hour (61 mi) southeast of Dallas, on Hwy 175. 

Purtis Creek is a small state park that offers tranquility, hiking, canoe and kayak rentals, biking, bird watching, and great bass fishing. It also has a hike-in primitive site and nature trails.

The park has restrictions on camp sites:  One site can host a maximum of 8 people and two vehicles.  That means ride-sharing will probably be necessary.  I will reserve one site and we'll see how it goes from there.  If there is a lot of interest in this weekend trip, then it is up to individual members to reserve sites and work out payment and transportation arrangements.

When you make a reservation online, you are reserving a site - but the actual site numbers are on a first-come, first-served basis.  I will be heading to the park Fri evening after work, arriving about 6 or 7 PM.  I will try to get a site in the 60 - 64 region, on the south side of the park.

I will leave a sign at the check-in station directing NTO members to which site I've acquired.

Please note: If the pull-up camp sites are full, we may be camping in the hike-in, primitive section of the park. This entails a 0.5 mile hike to waterfront sites (see map - it's a great location).

The Texas State Park website (below) has info on reservations, pets, fishing, boating, etc.  You can always call the park directly if you need to ask them specifics.

How I found out about this park: The Best In Tent Camping - Texas, by W. Withrow.  It's a great resource for the Texas tent camper who likes peace and quiet and getting away from the city.

Purtis Creek State Park telephone: (903)[masked]

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/purtis-creek


Map of park:

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdpubs/media/park_maps/pwd_mp_p4508_105d.pdf

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  • Boriana

    Super fun event, lots of laughs, great conversations and wonderful people, beautiful place.

    October 14, 2013

  • Randall O.

    We had a great time folks! Here's what's coming up:
    Caddoween
    October 25-27
    Primitive car camping (no water electric). Big Halloween campout w/ decorations, contests and events. Amazing paddling on Caddo Lake.
    Dallas Down River Club- $10 membership
    http://www.meetup.com/Dallas-Down-River-Club-DDRC/
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Lake Mineral Wells SP
    November 8-10
    Car camping with water only sites. Hiking, rock climbing, paddling & biking. Pot luck dinner.
    Texins Outdoor Club
    http://www.meetup.com/Texins-Outdoor-Club/
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Music & Camping at Rancho Frijole
    November 15-17
    Car camping with some RV sites. Big music celebration with swimming, hiking, biking and pot luck dinner. $35 each for weekend, kids under 7 free, extra charge for RVs.
    Rancho Frijole
    https://www.facebook.com/RanchoFrijoleCampingMusic3515

    October 14, 2013

  • Bob S.

    Epic trip!

    October 14, 2013

  • Mark R.

    Beautiful weather (cool, rainy), excellent people, and the swampy parts of the lake looked like the habitat for Bigfoot. Perfect fall camping.

    October 13, 2013

  • Mark R.

    What a great weekend! I think I laughed more on Saturday than in the past three months combined. So glad for the rain - it forced 13 people to crowd underneath one rain shelter. Excellent food, wine, and company. Thanks, everybody!

    October 13, 2013

  • TJ

    Sorry for flaking out. Been fighting a stomach bug. Hoping it would be gone today, but it's still lingering. Hope you guys have a great time.

    October 12, 2013

  • TJ

    Hi guys. I'll be there tomorrow as something has come up tonight. Have a great night.

    October 11, 2013

  • Bob S.

    About to leave in 30 min. (5:00 pm) and head through Corsicana and Athens. Will bring food and firewood if I can find some.

    October 11, 2013

  • Boriana

    I will be coming only for the day on Saturday because of the rain. Will participate in the group dinner.

    October 11, 2013

  • Randall O.

    Site 29 is prepaid under Randall Oliver, site 30 is prepaid under Mark Feldner. All you have to do is pay for your entrance fee and possibly a small excessive vehicle charge. Both sites are very nice with multiple tent areas.

    October 11, 2013

  • Randall O.

    Hey Bob, bring us your best, tastiest home-cooked dish.

    October 10, 2013

  • Elaine M.

    Thought I might be able to make this trip last min, but that's not happening :( you guys are gonna have a great time!

    October 10, 2013

  • Bob S.

    Looks like we have lost a few. That seems normal. If anyone changes their mind about going on this trip, Just keep in mind that I have room to ride share from Hillsboro. As far as rain the specific weather report is showing minimum parcipatation. What do I need to bring for the pot luck for Saturday night? I will be bringing my Kayak also. Look forward to seeing everyone there.

    October 10, 2013

  • Mark R.

    Camping info: As of now (3 Oct, 8:30 PM), we have space for 16 people on Fri night. On Sat night (4 Oct), we'll have a third site in Water-only area and space for 24.

    SAT NIGHT: POTLUCK DINNER. Bring whatever. My suspicion is that we'll need LOTS OF FIREWOOD. Extra food, beverages, smores are always appreciated.

    October 3, 2013

    • Bob S.

      October 11th and 12th? Just making sure.

      October 9, 2013

    • Bob S.

      What would ya'll likeme to bring?

      October 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I'll be driving with my kayak and rack and dog. Leaving Friday afternoon--still flexible on the time. If anyone would like to ride that would be great. I also have about 10 pieces of firewood. I need to leave Sunday around 10am.

    October 9, 2013

  • Randall O.

    I'm going Friday morning to claim a site and set up camp. Do you want me to pay the balance and reserve a specific site for you Mark?

    October 9, 2013

  • Mark R.

    Trip's on, rain or no. Some of the best trips I've have were beleaguered by rain much of the time! It'll all work out fine.

    October 8, 2013

    • Bob S.

      Dry bag for food and clothes.

      October 9, 2013

    • Bob S.

      2 weeks ago I went camping and it got soaked. I am bringing a pop up gazebo for my camp site and a tent this time. I did hammock last time. We had almost everyone at my site because i used the Gazebo over my table. I'm perfectly fine with that too. Towels too might help. Still it was a great time. The weather cleared up but we enjoyed the close quarters an conversations under the gazebo. So I wouldn't let the rain stop me anyway.

      October 9, 2013

  • Jacki

    Looks like it might rain/storm this weekend? Should we just bring plenty of umbrellas and raincoats?

    October 8, 2013

    • Jacki

      I've camped in drizzly rain but never really camped in possible stormy weather, just wondering if anyone had tips?

      October 8, 2013

    • Bob S.

      I'm bringing a pop up gazebo. Used it last weekend.

      October 8, 2013

  • Randall O.

    30-40% chance doesn't sound like much of a storm. With temps in the mid 80's a little precip would feel pretty good. Bring a raincoat but I doubt if you'll need it. Confucius say if you predicate camping trip on Texas forecast you never go.

    October 8, 2013

  • Bob S.

    I'm going.

    October 8, 2013

  • Randall O.

    I think it's safe to assume that anyone who RSVP'd yes and hasn't participated in these discussions is probably not going to show.

    October 7, 2013

  • Randall O.

    This park is so nearby that you could come out for the day and dinner and smores Kelly.

    October 7, 2013

    • Kelly

      I will see, driving isnt the best feelinv right now. I am having chiropratic adjustments done every other day and extremely sore from them.

      October 7, 2013

  • Kelly

    I took a bad fall and hurt my back so no camping for a while. Was really looking forward to this weekend. Hope everyone has a great time.

    October 7, 2013

    • Susan

      Oh Kelly, so sorry. Are you okay?

      October 7, 2013

    • Kelly

      Back and neck are sore. No broken bones. I suggest never falling down stairs.

      October 7, 2013

  • Boriana

    I am coming only on Saturday night.

    October 7, 2013

  • Randall O.

    How old is your daughter Susan?

    October 7, 2013

  • Randall O.

    As of now all water & water & electric sites are booked. There are 9 primative sites still available. We can check on Friday to see if there any cancelations.

    October 7, 2013

    • Susan

      We have three WE sites, right?

      October 7, 2013

    • Susan

      I should have scrolled down. Seems that Mark answered my question! My daughter and I will be arriving around 6 on Friday, if we don't get stuck in traffic.

      October 7, 2013

  • Randall O.

    I'm bringing ribs, chicken and sausage for Saturdays dinner. Maybe yall can contribute a few bucks each to help with the cost.

    October 7, 2013

  • jackie r.

    wish i could go. you guys have fun!

    September 22, 2013

    • Bob S.

      Why can't you? You can car pool with me but I am leaving from Hillsboro unless I get off early.

      October 7, 2013

  • Bob S.

    I am willing to do a ride share but I will be leaving from Hillsboro, route thru Corsicana and Athens on to the camp site. So if you need to you can meet me in Hillsboro an park your car in my shop. Anyway I will leave around 5:00pm. It is a beautiful drive if you haven't been.

    October 7, 2013

  • Jacki

    Will there be swimming at this park? Will anyone else be bringing swimsuits?

    October 4, 2013

  • Randall O.

    FYI- fishing from a boat w/o a license carries a $150 fine. Here is a link to see what fineable offences cost in a state park:

    http://www.mctx.org/courts/justices_of_the_peace/justice_of_the_peace_pct_1/docs/TEXASPARKSWILDLIFE.pdf

    October 4, 2013

    • Kelly

      Thanks. We do have our licenses. Also I might be wrong but I thought I read somewhere thatsince the entire water is surrounded by a state park you don't need a license in a boat either

      October 4, 2013

    • Joel

      Tyler SP was no license but catch and release.

      October 5, 2013

  • Randall O.

    I'm sure we will be swimming.

    October 4, 2013

  • Randall O.

    I just checked w/Purtis Creek-some park lakes front park property and public property so you need a license to fish from a boat. Purtis Creek is all park property so you don't need one. Different State Parks seem to have different rules regarding fishing and other matters (such as burn ban interpretation, tent placement, etc) so it's advisable to check with each park.

    October 4, 2013

  • Randall O.

    If anyone is interested, you can fish from the banks of any Texas State Park without a license. You catch them, I'll clean and cook them and help you eat it.

    October 3, 2013

    • Kelly

      We will be fishing from bank and kayaks. I hope we catch some

      October 4, 2013

  • Ellen

    So envious - this sounds like a lot of fun. Hope we can do this the next time. I have a Cub Scout training all day tomorrow that I need and will be attending and my boys are with their dad anyhow this weekend. I'll say a prayer for good weather for you guys. We camped the past two weekends and it rained some both weekends although we still had a great time.

    October 4, 2013

  • Randall O.

    I wouldn't worry about it- I've never seen any Meetup campout where everyone attended. Usually 50-75% of the people who RSVP'd actually show up.

    October 3, 2013

    • Susan

      My daughter and I will arrive on Friday. Only one car and one tent! Thanks!

      October 3, 2013

  • Susan

    So how do we know if we are included in the sites reserved?

    October 3, 2013

    • Mark R.

      Show up to the front bldg, read the sign and find our location. Show up to the site and we'll make it work. If there are any 'ranger' issues, we'll get it sorted in the morning. No problemo.

      October 3, 2013

  • Jacki

    In the message above it says you're trying to get a site in the 60 - 64 region but I think those are the water-only sites, the ones north of the lake 1-59 are WE sites

    October 3, 2013

    • Susan

      Thank you for more clearly stating the question I had earlier. I should be more clear. :-)

      October 3, 2013

    • Mark R.

      Yes, that's right. Sites 1-59 are water/electric sites, where we have 2 spaces reserved. Sites 60-64 are the best camp sites, and they are Water only.

      October 3, 2013

  • Jacki

    I can't wait, it'll be our first group camping trip!

    October 3, 2013

  • Jacki

    When I reserved on the website there wasn't any WE sites and only one last W site left, which we reserved so now there shouldn't be any site available other than primitive/hike in sites.

    October 3, 2013

  • Randall O.

    There are no more w&e sites available. All 9 primative sites are open (minimum 1 mile hike in) and a few water only sites. We should check out the primative sites for future referrence.

    October 3, 2013

  • Randall O.

    I don't think the water only sites are in the same area as water & electric but it's a small park so you shouldn't be too far away.

    October 3, 2013

  • Jacki

    We reserved a water only spot if anyone needs space

    October 3, 2013

  • Kelly

    I will reserve a third spot if no one else has. Just let me know

    October 2, 2013

  • Randall O.

    Now that the menu is coming together more people may come on board and after eating this feast I'm going to be taking up more room so a third site might be appropriate. Susan, could you please bring a tossed salad instead of pasta?

    October 2, 2013

    • Mark R.

      Why not pasta?

      October 2, 2013

    • Susan

      Hmmm, Randall; Thomas Nashe referred to potluck as the "the luck of the pot". So I will decide as the week progresses what my "Pot" contains.....either way it's a side.....So Mark, it might be pasta, Randall, might be tossed salad---maybe both! LOL either way it will be delish. As to the site, are we primitive or water and electric near the lake? Should be a fun trip!

      October 2, 2013

  • Randall O.

    How does home-made ice cream sound?

    October 2, 2013

  • Mark R.

    POTLUCK DINNER ON SAT NIGHT. Optional: bring an extra side dish, main dish, beverages, etc, and we can all pitch in to have a royal feast. Anyone want Randall to bring a smoker for BBQ?

    This trip is gonna be great...

    October 1, 2013

    • Kelly

      We will bring a big batch of homemade potato salad to go with BBQ

      October 2, 2013

    • Susan

      Pasta salad for 20! I am hungry already!

      October 2, 2013

  • Randall O.

    We will be car camping but I'm still bringing my boat. I'll go out early Friday morning and try to grab two sites, preferably waterfront. If anyone is interested in doing a pot lucxk dinner Saturday night, I can bring my smoker and cook some barbque.

    October 1, 2013

    • Susan

      Which sites are you considering? Looks like we are at 17 now so may need another site. And I've heard that your barbecue is great! How do you decide who brings the other goodies?

      October 1, 2013

  • Mark R.

    Site reserved: electric & water, 2 nights, $36 total.

    We now have 2 sites reserved and can accommodate up to 16 people. Please carpool, if possible. See you there!

    October 1, 2013

  • Mark R.

    Hi everybody - Sorry I've been out of pocket for a while. Busy weeks right now. Camping update: I will be reserving a site tomorrow, so including Randall's reservation we'll be at two sites - that's officially 4 vehicles and up to 16 campers. Right now there are 14 yesses, so we should be okay.

    Of course, another site couldn't hurt, especially if we want to spread out a bit... we can settle up reimbursements once we get there (a few dollars per person).

    And thank you to Randall for scouting the area for us! Will call you in the next day or so.

    September 29, 2013

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