Established in 1994 to protect a remnant of the bottom land hardwood forest found along the Trinity River, the 25,000-acre refuge is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System – a national network of lands and waters set aside and managed for the benefit of wildlife, habitat and you.
Champion Lake is basically an 800 acre cypress tree swamp that was opened to the public in 2005 with a boat ramp and dock. Reflector markings on the trees assist in locating the paddling paths.
The Caddo Indians dominated the region for 1,000 years. Today, this important bottom land hardwood landscape is host or home to many species of wildlife that reside or migrate through the area. Directions: Take Hwy 90 to FM-1409. Go south on FM-1409 for 10.5 miles. Turn left at CR-417. Go 1.8 miles to end of road.