Stephen F. Austin State University


Family Fun Day at Caney Creek Recreation Area planned

April 28, 2012
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Nacogdoches Naturally will host a family field trip to the Caney Creek Recreation Area on Saturday, May 5.

Participating families will meet at 8 a.m. at Stephen F. Austin State University's Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St., and ride in SFA vans or caravan in personal vehicles to the site.

Outdoor activities at the recreation area will be provided by Rachel Collins, executive director of the Lake Sam Rayburn Nature Center. The center is developing educational, interpretive and recreational facilities at Caney Creek Recreation Area located in the Angelina National Forest, just east of Zavalla in Angelina County.

"We are pleased to be partnering with Rachel Collins at her new nature center," Kerry Lemon, program director for Nacogdoches Naturally, said. "One of the objectives for the Family Outdoor Adventures program is to connect families with the many outdoor recreational resources in our region. This day will be a great chance to visit this area and learn more about the facilities available there."

Upon arrival at Lake Sam Rayburn, there will be opportunities for fishing, bird watching, hiking and picnicking. A canoeing clinic and short paddle along the shore of the lake also will be available for interested participants. Families are asked to wear appropriate dress for an outdoor adventure, including clothes that can get wet and dirty and good walking shoes. Old tennis shoes or other close-toed water shoes are recommended for those who plan to canoe.

Travel time from Nacogdoches to Caney Creek Recreation Area is approximately one hour and 30 minutes. The group will leave Lake Sam Rayburn in time to arrive back at SFA no later than 4 p.m.

Cost of the event is $5 per family, and lunch will be provided by Nacogdoches Naturally. SFA van transportation will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration deadline is Thursday, May 3.

For information, call (936) 468-5586 or e-mail

By SFA Public Affairs
University Marketing Communications
(936) 468-2605