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National Forests in Texas: Camping Fees Waived for Harvey Evacuees

The Southern Region of the USDA Forest Service is waiving fees and making campgrounds available for individuals displaced by the recent flooding in Texas and other states.


Like several areas along the Gulf Coast, many National Forests were impacted by the recent storm. Some of the region’s campgrounds are closed due to the flooding.


“Sam Houston National Forest campgrounds, roads and bridges were heavily damaged by Hurricane Harvey, but we are working to get the recreation areas open as quickly as possible,” said Forest Supervisor Eddie Taylor.


In the Angelina National Forest, Townsend and Caney Creek are open for camping. The sanitation system at Boykin Springs is being serviced and that area will be open to camping before Monday.


In the Sabine National Forest, Boles Field is open. Red Hills Lake is closed for the season.


In the Davy Crockett National Forest, Ratcliff Lake recreation area will open Tuesday.


“This is a difficult situation for those displaced individuals, and our goal is to provide clean and safe facilities for those seeking shelter in the National Forests,” Taylor said. “Be aware these camping sites are not intended to be evacuation centers and some sites do not offer electricity or shower facilities.”


Please call ahead or check website at www.fs.fed.usda.gov/texas to determine what is open and available. Also, individuals requesting campsites need to check in at each site.

Information courtesy of US Forest Service

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