Hwy 287 at Hwy 488
Richland Creek WMA is in Freestone and Navarro counties, about 10 miles west of Gus Engeling and approximately 75 minutes drive from Tyler. The north unit is off Hwy 287, near the junction with FM488, southwest of Athens. The south unit is off FM 488, near the junction with Hwy 287. There is a sign for the North Unit just before you get to the Richland Chambers Lake dam. This area is a freshwater marsh that is owned by the Tarrant County Water Authority. It is excellent in migration. Many shorebirds and wading birds come through during migration. Wilson’s Phalaropes are found there each year. The willows along the road can be very good for migrants. Dickcissels, and Buntings nest there. Its website is:
Everyone who enters the WMA must have a limited public use permit ($12 per year). These can be purchased where hunting and fishing licenses are sold, e.g. Wal-Mart. There are no food or restroom facilities in the WMA.