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Gus A. Engeling Wildlife Management Area
Rich with viewing opportunities, this site is also one of the most scenic representations of deciduous forest in east Texas. Habitats associated with Catfish Creek (a national Natural Landmark), spring-fed streams, sloughs, ponds, and bogs accentuate the hilly forest of oak, hickory, sweetgum, a...
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Richland Creek Wildlife Management Area
Description: This area combines the intense wildlife activity found around marshes with easy access to many viewing spots. The wetlands, swamps, and open water habitats attract large numbers of wading birds including wood storks, thousands of waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds. Bald eagles, osprey, and other raptors visit the area each winter. Beaver and mink are seen in marshes, and swamp rabbits and white-tailed deer are viewed along the roads.

Wildlife to Watch: An extensive network of gravel roads provides easy access to marsh habitats and an observation tower is planned to aid the viewing of waterfowl. Viewing probability is high throughout the year for wading birds and small mammals and moderate for deer very early or late in the day. The probability is high for waterfowl and moderate for bald eagles and osprey during winter. Flocks of wood storks are most frequently viewed from mid-to-late summer. Shorebirds and songbirds are most abundant during their spring and fall migrations. Although beaver signs are abundant, the chance of seeing the mammal during the day is slim, as it is for mink. Some roads become flooded after heavy rains. Wildlife viewing may be discouraged during the hunting season. Registration at headquarters and a Texas Conservation Passport are required for entry.

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Ownership: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department 
Size: 13,700 acres 
Closest Town: Corsicana


Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Little Blue Heron (Immature) - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
From Corsicana, where U.S. 287 meets Interstate 45, drive southeast for twenty-five miles on U.S. 287 to entrance .5 miles east of dam and marked by signs. Viewing area is north of U.S. 287.

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Richland Creek Wildlife Management Area : Wildlife Viewing Area