U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Fort Worth District
819 Taylor Street
P.O. Box 17300
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Hunting Areas GPS Coordinates
Hunting Areas Map
Fort Worth District Hunting Guide/
All Hunting Access Roads are Closed for the Season, Except Armstrong Creek, Black Point, Corley, Mudd Lake, Glenn Mill, and Bassett Creek.
Wright Patman Lake offers more than 54,358 acres of federally owned property for excellent hunting opportunities. In addition, Wright Patman Lake covers 20,300 water surface acres which provides some of the best waterfowl hunting habitat in East Texas. No permit is required to hunt, but all rules must be followed to ensure the safety of all our visitors. Some of the legal game found on Wright Patman Lake includes: white-tailed deer, eastern wild turkey, squirrel, feral hogs, dove, and many species of waterfowl. The Corps has constructed and maintains hunting access roads, primitive campsites, and primitive boat ramps. There area approximately 20 miles of all weather access roads, most of which are open during hunting seasons only and are closed to vehicle traffic from 15 January – 15 September. More than 30 primitive campsites are available at various Hunting Areas including: Flatwoods, Bassett Creek, Corley, and Mud Lake. Finally, five primitive boat ramps (constructed of gravel) are available for use at the Basset Creek picnic table area, Glenn Mills crossing, Flatwoods hunting area, Corley hunting area, and at the end of Bowie County Road 4128 (also know as Monument Road).
Hunting Seasons 2013-2014
Oct. 1, 2013 – Feb. 3, 2013, Youth Only Season Sept. 28-29, 2013
May 1, 2014 – May 31, 2014
Sept. 1, 2013 – Oct. 23, 2013, and Dec. 20, 2013 – Jan. 5, 2014
April 15, 2014 – May 14, 2014
Teal Only: Sept. 14, 2013 – Sept. 29 2013, General Season: TBA
Clear Springs & Big Creek Wildlife Management Hunting Access Areas
21 September 2013 – 19 January 2014 Hunting Season
Clear Springs ATV
Archery: Sept. 21 - Nov. 1, 2013 (closed Oct. 24-27 for COA Youth Hunt)
Gun 1: Nov. 2 - Dec. 1, 2013
Gun 2 (w/ Muzzleloader): Dec. 9, 2013 - Jan. 19, 2014
Big Creek ATV
Archery: Sept. 21 - Nov. 1, 2013
Gun 1: Nov. 2 - Dec.6, 2013
Gun 2 (w/ Muzzleloader): Dec. 7, 2013 - Jan. 19, 2014
*Permits are $35 each.
*Only 1 permit per person per season will be allowed.
*All individuals purchasing a permit MUST provide proof (certificate) at the time of purchase showing that the individual has completed a certified ATV safety course.
*Handicapped permits will be sold. All physically impaired persons must possess a physician's statement on the physician's letterhead certifying that they meet the criteria for a permanent ambulatory disability.
*There will be 20 non-handicapped permits per season sold in the Clear Springs ATV area
*There will be 15 non-handicapped permits per season sold in the Big Creek ATV area
1. An A.T.V. (4-wheeler) or U.T.V. (side by sides) that fit through the designated entrance (120” long, 60” wide, 78” high and a maximum of 1,500 pounds) will be allowed into the area with a permit.
2. Operating ATV’s on wildlife food plots or beyond recognizable gates and barricades is strictly prohibited.
2. Hunters must obey all state and federal hunting regulations.
3. All hunters operating A.T.V.'s or U.T.V.’s must possess an “A.T.V. Rider Safety Certification Permit”. (Available at all A.T.V. dealers)
4. Only the specified carrying capacity per A.T.V. or U.T.V. will be allowed.
5. Check in/out stations have been constructed at the entrance of each management area. These are the only entrance and exit points allowed. A check in slip will be filled out prior to entering the area and this slip will be kept on the person and turned in at the station, at the end of the hunt.
6. Only portable non-bark penetrating tree stands will be allowed. They must be at least three hundred (300) feet from all trails and roads.
7. Hunters may access these areas by walking, horseback or boat without a permit.
8. All A.T.V. and U.T.V. vehicles are required to stay on designated trails with the exception of physically impaired operators who will be allowed to ride an A.T.V. or U.T.V. to a stand or use the A.T.V. or U.T.V. as a stationary stand, a minimum distance of three hundred (300) feet from all roads or trails. With the only exception being no vehicles will be allowed to operate a motor vehicle on wildlife food plots or around recognizable barricades and gates. All physically impaired persons must possess a physician’s statement certifying that they meet the criteria for a permanent ambulatory disability.
9. Trails may be closed by the use of red flexible posts installed at the entrance of the trail.
10. The use of an A.T.V. or U.T.V. within these hunting areas is for transportation only, fast or excessive riding is strictly prohibited.
11. All A.T.V. or U.T.V. hunters must check out of the management area within 30 minutes after dark.
12. Rifles, shotguns (with slugs only), muzzleloaders, and archery equipment may be used.
13. All firearms must be unloaded while operating A.T.V.'s.
14. Hunters operating an A.T.V. or U.T.V. must contact lake headquarters for details regarding the sale of A.T.V. or U.T.V. hunting access permits, before entering either management areas. Contact Lake Headquarters at (903) 838-8781.
***Flooding is a natural event and flood control is a vital mission for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Wright Patman Lake. Thus, no refunds will be issued due to a high water event. All sales are final.
Please contact the Project Office at (903)838-8781 or email during mid summer for updated details.
64 Clear Springs Park Counties: Bowie/Cass
Texarkana, Texas 75501 Acreage: 54,358 acres
(903) 838-8781 Corps Permit: Yes, ATV permit
(903) 832-6396 (fax)
Administration: Corps of Engineers
Legal Game: Mourning dove, bobwhite quail, squirrel, rabbits, waterfowl, feral hog, white-tailed deer, and eastern wild turkey.
Season: As published in the Texas Hunting Guide for these counties.
Muzzleloaders and Crossbows: White-tailed deer and feral hogs only.
Special Restrictions for Bow Fishing:
Bow fishing will not be allowed within 600 feet of a developed park, roadway, fishing pier, fishing platform or at any other areas posted at the project. Bow fishing is prohibited within the stilling basin and emergency spillway areas with no exceptions. Bow fishing will be allowed in those areas east of US Highway 59 below the spillway on the Sulphur River and in remote locations on Wright Patman Lake.
For additional information on hunting regulations and opportunities throughout Fort Worth District Corps of Engineers properties see the link at the top of the page to the PDF hunting guide.
This site last updated on
March 3, 2014