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Purtis Creek State Park Lake - 2004 Survey Report

Prepared by Timothy J. Bister and Richard A. Ott, Jr., PhD
Inland Fisheries Division
District 3-C, Tyler, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 29-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Purtis Creek State Park Lake was surveyed during the period June 2004 to May 2005 using electrofishing, trap nets, gill nets, littoral zone habitat and vegetation surveys, and an angler access and facilities survey. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Purtis Creek State Park Lake is a 349-acre reservoir on Purtis Creek, a tributary of the Trinity River. The impoundment was constructed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in 1985 for recreational and soil conservation purposes. Boat and bank access are both good. There are two handicap accessible fishing piers. Hydrilla has continued to require periodic herbicide treatment to provide access to the fishing piers, boat ramp, and swimming beach. Purtis Creek State Park funded the treatment of 13 acres of hydrilla with SONAR SRP in April 2005, which was applied by the TPWD Inland Fisheries Aquatic Habitat Enhancement crew. Problems associated with this hydrilla infestation will likely continue. Hydrilla should be treated with SONAR, as necessary, to allow continued access for lake users. Native vegetation now covers 116 surface acres (33%).

Fish Community

Management Strategies

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-30-R-30 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program