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Lake Information for Lake O' the Pines


Lake O’ the Pines is a reservoir on Big Cypress Bayou, also known as Big Cypress Creek, chiefly in Marion County, Texas, USA. The reservoir also occupies a small part of Upshur and Morris Counties. The dam is located approximately 8.5 miles (13.7 km) west of Jefferson.
Lake O’ the Pines (formerly known as "Ferrell's Bridge Reservoir")
The concrete-and-earthfill dam is 10,600 feet (3,231 m) long. The crest of the spillway is 249.5 feet (76.0 m) above mean sea level. The conservation storage capacity is 250,000 acre-feet (308.4 million m³) with a surface area of 18,680 acres (76 km2). The bayou has a length of 140 miles (225 km) and a total drainage area of 850 square miles (2,201 km2). The lake’s normal conservation pool is 230 feet (70.1 m) above mean sea level. The lake provides water supply storage for the Northeast Texas Municipal Water District which serves the cities of Jefferson, Ore City, Lone Star, Avinger, Hughes Springs, Daingerfield, and most recently Longview. The water supply storage exists in the conservation pool between elevations 201–230 feet. Water intake structures are located at various points on the lake and one downstream of the lake. Discharges from the two gates in the control structure located on the southeast end vary from a minimum of 5 cubic feet per second (0.14 m³/sec) to a maximum of 3000 cfs (85 m³/sec).

Facilities and Parks: 

Boating and fishing access is provided by the Corps of Engineers, Marion County, and private marinas. Launch fees are charged at most boat ramps; however, the Corps maintains five free ramps in addition to developed park areas. Visit the lake website for current ramp conditions. Campsites with water and electricity are available at Brushy Creek, Buckhorn Creek, Johnson Creek, and Alley Creek. Primitive camping is available at Cedar Springs and Hurricane Creek.

Fishing Description: 

Fishing Regulations

The following special regulation is in effect at this lake: 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. Statewide regulations apply to all other fishes.

Angling Opportunities

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 Cover/Structure

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.

Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
White Bass
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Businesses Located Nearby

Bait & Tackle

    Putnam's Bait & Tackle
  • 4238 Us-59 N - Marshall, TX
  • (903) 938-9925
    Glenn's Mini Storage
  • 16420 Tx-155 N - Ore City, TX
  • (903) 968-4920
    Uncle Ed's Tackle
  • 3505 W Loop 281 - Longview, TX
  • (903) 295-9911

Boat Rental

    Canvas Shop
  • Fm 729 N - Jefferson, TX
  • (903) 755-2269
    Turning Basin
  • Rt. 6, Box 1001 - Jefferson, TX
  • (903) 665-2222
    White Oak Boats & Motors
  • 1801 E Us-80 - White Oak, TX
  • (903) 297-1800

Vacation Rental

Bar and Restaurant

    Ernie's Bar-B-Q
  • 9439 Fm 729 - Avinger, TX
  • (903) 755-3066
    Maverick Meat Store
  • 1010 W Grand Ave - Marshall, TX
  • (903) 938-9322
  • 504 S Alamo Blvd - Marshall, TX
  • (903) 938-6064

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