Sam Rayburn Reservoir/Town Bluff recreation activities impacted by new changes

FORT WORTH, Texas – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials at Sam Rayburn Reservoir and B.A. Steinhagen/Town Bluff Reservoir, Jasper, Texas, announce that camping reservations will only be available through the reservation service starting October 1.

Reservations will be available by calling 1-877-444-6777, through or by downloading the 📱 application for 📱.  An android version for the 📱 application is anticipated to be available by October.  📱 services to acquire reservations by credit/🏦 card will be available to customers that arrive at Corps of Engineers managed park locations without a prior reservation.  On-site park hosts will be at each park facility to assist campers.  Reservations will be required prior to occupying a campsite.  Neither reservoir will be accepting cash at gatehouse locations.

B.A. Steinhagen/Town Bluff will no longer charge a day use fee or 🚤 launch fee at Corps of Engineers managed campgrounds starting October 1.  Sam Rayburn will continue to charge a day use fee for 🚤 ramps/swim beaches through the established cash/check honor vault system.  All annual and America the Beautiful passes will continue to be available for purchase at the Sam Rayburn Project office by credit/🏦 card, Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm.  Annual passes will be available for purchase on weekends during the recreation season at locations to be determined.

In addition, some Corps of Engineers managed campgrounds at Sam Rayburn Reservoir will experience a temporary seasonal closure for camping, but 🚤 ramps will not be impacted by the temporary seasonal closure. These temporary seasonal closure decisions are based on previous years’ facility utilization data.

It is each lake’s goal to continue to provide recreational opportunities to as many visitors as possible.  The following temporary seasonal closures are scheduled to be enacted:

Sam Rayburn Reservoir
Mill Creek Campground – Closed October 1 – February 29, 2020
San Augustine Campground – Closed October 1 – February 29, 2020
Hanks Creek Campground – Closed October 1 – February 29, 2020

🚤 ramps at each closed campground will remain open and available for use.

For additional information, please contact the Town Bluff Lake Office at (409) 429-3491 or the Sam Rayburn Lake Office at (409) 384-5716.

Field Recordings

Well i used my Zoom H5 today and i recorded 17 mins of a thunderstorm. It is AMAZING!!! I used 48/24 wav format and the MICS are so sensitive that it picked up a police car on the highway and a motorcycle like 4 blocks from me hauling ass to beat the rain. Ill have to use a limiter so the low freqs do not bottom out in the recording. I am now making a 13 min track with rain and thunder as the bottom of it. We will see how it works!