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Belton Lake
The mixture of canyon wren songs, a liquid, descending series of “tews,” with the chaotic twittering at a cliff swallow colony, entertains visitors along Cox’s Hollow Trail at Miller Springs Nature Area, near the dam. The area also offers a mixture of geologic features, bottomland hardwoods, pra...
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Martin Dies, Jr. State Park
Description: One of the wildlife viewing treasures of the region, this beautiful park and surrounding area includes pine and bottomland hardwood forests, open waters of B.A. Steinhagen Lake, swamps, and rivers. A large colony of wading birds with up to 20,000 nests is in the middle of the lake just south of U. S. 190 and can be viewed with binoculars or a spotting scope from the south Cherokee unit of the park or from a boat in the lake. Several other colonies are located in the Angelina-Neches Scientific Unit and Dam B Wildlife Management Unit on the north side of the lake. Snowy and cattle egrets, little blue and tri-colored herons, white ibises, anhingas, and yellow-crowned night herons are common. Abundant waterfowl in the winter; alligators and bullfrogs in the summer. Most of the typical pineywood birds and mammals can be viewed from the nature trails all year. Fall colors are striking.

Wildlife to Watch: Most featured species are easily seen from a boat on the lake or trails in the park. The colonies and management units can be reached only by boat. Please do not disturb nesting or roosting birds by approaching too closely.

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Ownership: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department 
Size: 705 acres in park; 15,000 acre lake 
Closest Town: Jasper

RestroomsParkingTent CampingHikingPicnic tablesBoat LaunchFeeLarge BoatsSmall BoatsTrailer CampingDrinking Water

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White Ibises - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
Entrance to headquarters in the south unit is seventeen miles east of junction with U.S. 69 on US. 190, or twelve miles west from Jasper on U.S. 190. Obtain map to locate trails and boat ramps.

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Martin Dies, Jr. State Park : Wildlife Viewing Area