Angelina County (KTRE)
- Boykin Springs Recreation Area, closed since September 2005 when Hurricane Rita devastated the area, will reopen Nov. 28, according to Angelina National Forest District Ranger Eddie Taylor.
The popular recreation area suffered extensive damage when winds and rain from Hurricane Rita uprooted trees, damaged buildings, roads and campsites and destroyed the historic Boykin Lake spillway which had been constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
"Visitors to Boykin Springs will find a very different looking recreation area from the one they remember," Taylor said. "The spillway has been reconstructed to look as it did in the 1930s and the trees that had grown up around the dam and spillway are gone."
The lake was drained in order to make repairs to the dam and spillway and some silt was removed from the lakebed. The lake will be open to swimmers when it fills completely. AmeriCorps members repaired bridges, the picnic shelter and the bathhouse, and an older bathhouse has been removed.
"There's still work to be done, but we wanted to get the area open as soon as it was safe since it is such an important place in the hearts of generations of East Texans," Taylor said.
Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.