Hurricane Gustav, Texas State Park Closures and Free Camping, Update

By late Monday 10 Texas State Parks had closed in Southeast, East and Northeast Texas due to threats from Hurricane Gustav.  Lake Livingston in Southeast Texas reopened Tuesday morning.  Martin Dies Jr and Village Creek State Parks are expected to reop;en Wednesday morning.  In Northeast Texas Daingerfield, Atlanta, Caddo Lake, Martin Creek Lake, Tyler, Lake Bob Sandlin and Mission Tejas State Parks are expected to reopen Thursday morning.  By Tuesday Texas State Parks had provided shelter to 500 hurricane evacuees.  Cooper Lake State Park hosted the most with 99 people occupying 22 sites at the South Sulphur Unit and 6 occupying 2 shelters at Doctor’s Creek.  Lake Tawakoni reported 31 people in 13 campsites and Purtis Creek 23 people in 5 campsites.  Additionally in central Texas Garner State Park reported 43 evacuees and Inks Lake State Park 45 evacuees.  Sea Rim State Park near Port Arthur Texas remains closed from damage due to Hurricane Rita. 

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