Brushy Creek Day Use Area is situated along the banks of Lake O’ the Pines in the Ark-La-Tex portion of the Pineywoods of east Texas near the states of Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.
Boating, fishing, water sports, and wildlife viewing are all popular pastimes at the campground. Hunting opportunities for white-tailed deer, waterfowl, and small game are available on nearby public lands.
Lake O’ the Pines fishing includes largemouth, spotted, and white bass along with crappie, catfish, and sunfish. In addition to boat fishing there are areas for bank fishing along the shore and below the dam along Big Cypress Bayou.
Birdwatchers are also encouraged to bring their binoculars as numerous resident and migratory bird species inhabit the area. Bald eagle sightings are a common occurrence in fall and winter and they are occasionally sighted in spring and summer. Boating, fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing are all popular pastimes at Brushy Creek.
Brushy Creek Day Use area offers one large group picnic shelter, along with 30 smaller, non-reservable picnic sites located in shady areas along the shore. Each site has tables and grills.
A boat ramp, courtesy dock, swimming beach and basketball court are also provided, making the area perfect for large parties or family functions.
Lake O’ the Pines includes about 18,700 acres of water and 9,000 acres of land.
The lake was created by the construction of the Ferrell’s Bridge Dam on the Big Cypress Bayou. The reservoir was originally created as part of the overall plan for flood control in the Red River Basin below Denison Dam in Oklahoma, and has now become a recreational oasis for outdoor enthusiasts.
Other historic and tourist attractions are nearby in the towns of Jefferson and Marshall, and Texas Wildflower Trail routes are located along the roads surrounding the lake.From Jefferson, Texas, travel 3.8 miles northwest on Highway 49. Turn left onto FM 729 and continue for 3.5 miles, then turn left again onto FM 726. Travel 5.0 miles turn right at the stop sign and follow signs to the park entrance.903-777-3383N