Lake O' the Pines
Location: On Big Cypress Creek in the Cypress
River Basin, 25 miles northeast of Longview in
Marion, Morris, Upshur, and Camp counties
Surface acres: 19,780 at summer pool level; 18,700 at winter pool
Maximum depth: 49.5 feet
Impounded beginning August 1957, construction completed June 1958
Conservation Pool Elevation:
Summer (May 20-September 15) - 230 ft. msl
Winter (September 16-May 19) - 228.5 ft. msl
Fluctuation: Average 4-5 feet annually
Normal Clarity: Moderately clear
Reservoir Controlling Authority
US Army Corps of Engineers
2669 FM 726
Jefferson, Texas 75657
(903) 665-2336 (information)
(877) 444-6777 (camping)
Coverage ranges from 15% to 20% of the lake's surface area. Dominant species include hydrilla, buttonbush, water primrose and American lotus.
Predominant Fish Species
- Largemouth bass
- Spotted bass
- Blue, channel & flathead catfish
- White bass
- Chain pickerel
Commercial maps are available
This reservoir has special regulations on some fishes. See bag and size limits for this lake.
The following regulation applies to Big Cypress Bayou below the dam on Lake O’ the Pines, including the Texas waters of Caddo Lake: it is unlawful to transport live, nongame fishes from these waters to any other water body. Nongame fishes may be collected and used for bait within the water body where they were caught. For more details, see Possession and Transport of Exotic Aquatic Species.
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.
|Blue & Flathead Catfish|
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.