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Contact: Wayne Prokopetz, 409-951-6801
Today, Big Thicket National Preserve Superintendent Wayne Prokopetz announced the temporary closure of the Lakeview Day Use Area (DUA). Located in Orange County along the eastern edge of the Neches River, the Lakeview DUA has experienced significant flooding and erosion over the past few years, weakening the dirt and clay riverbank and compromising the parking lot.
"Providing safe facilities for our visitors must always be our first priority", stated Superintendent Prokopetz. Over the next few weeks and months, National Park Service staff will be working on a restoration and rehabilitation plan for this area.
Those interested in fishing and other recreational activities are encouraged to visit the Four Oaks DUA, located just off of FM 1131, approximately 5 miles south of the Lakeview DUA on Four Oaks Ranch Road, or the Confluence DUA, also on Four Oaks Ranch Road, approximately 10 miles south. For directions, maps of the area, and additional information about the national preserve, visit the Big Thicket Visitor Center, which is located just off of Hwy 69/287, at 6102 FM 420, seven miles north of Kountze, TX.
For general information about Big Thicket National Preserve, visit www.nps.gov/bith or call the preserve visitor center at 409-951-6700. Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BigThicketNPS, Twitter www.twitter.com/BigThicketNPS, and Instagram www.instagram.com/BigThicketNPS.