Purtis Creek State Park Review & Rating

Texas Outside Rating: 8.5

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Purtis Creek State Park Overview:

Purtis Creek State Park sits on 1582 acres that was acquired in 1977 from private owners and then opened to the public in 1988.  The Park is located about 15 minutes south of Canton and on land that was once roamed by the Wichita and Caddo Indians. 

The Park is located on a 355 acre lake that was designed with the primary purpose for bass fishing.  Purtis Creek State Park is also popular with bird watchers looking to spot more than 200 different bird species that make the park home.

There are 58 water and electric sites, 13 backpack in tent sites, and a group tent camping area with 5 sites.  All of the sites are shaded.  Some of the sites may not be suitable for bigger rigs. 

The Park is clean and well maintained.  Purtis Creek is located in some pretty countryside with access to Canton and Interstate 20 is convenient. 

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Amenities and Fun Things To Do:

Purtis Creek State Park has 59 back-in RV sites with water and electric (30 AMP only) in one camping loop.  All of the sites are spacious and well treed and shaded.  Most of the sites are short by today's standards and some may not accommodate the really big rigs.  Most of the sites are level to gently sloping which may require jacks or a leveling block.  Hook-ups are set up for backing in.  Each site has a tent pad, picnic table, and fire pit and some sites have a lantern holder and a BBQ grill. 

Along the lake are 13 primitive tent only sites that you can walk into on the Beaver Slide Nature Trail, which is a 1.7 mile loop, or you can boat to the sites.  There are also six tent sites in an overflow area.

For group camping, there are 5 tent sites next to the sand volleyball court and group pavilion. 

Clean restrooms with showers are in the main RV camping loop and the other two areas have chemical toilets. 

Some of the other amenities at Purtis Creek State Park include:

  • a Park store at the Park entrance that has ice, T-shirts, camps, and one-of-a-kind gift items
  • swimming beach area with kayak, rowboat, canoe, and paddle boat rentals
  • amphitheater with several programs during the year
  • one lane boat ramp
  • picnic area with tables and BBQ grills and a playground along the lake's shoreline
  • bait store plus a well lit fishing pier and fish cleaning station
  • RV dump station

The Park's 355 acre lake was designed for bass fishing and is stocked with Florida-strain hybrid largemouth bass as well as crappie, channel catfish, and copper nose bluegill.  Fishing for bass is catch and release and the lake is limited to 50 boats and it is an all no wake lake. 

In addition to the 1.7 mile Beaver Slide Nature Path, there is 4.3 miles of hiking and biking trails.  The trails meander through the trees and up and down some gently rolling terrain.

Canoe tours and Ranger talks begin in the spring - check with the Park office.

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A Typical Texas Outsider Day:

We come to Purtis Creek to enjoy the camping (site 21 is our favorite), swimming in the lake, hiking or biking the trails, and fishing with the grandkids. 

Some of the other things that we have done during our stay at Purtis Creek include:

  • visit Canton to shop at First Monday Trade Days or ride the zip lines at Wired Zip Line Tours
  • play golf at near by Pinnacle Golf Course, Twin Lakes, or at Garden Valley
  • take a day trip to Edom for a great breakfast, shop the quaint stores, or to buy some plants at Blue Moon Nursery
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Cool Nearby Activities:

 Canton is about 15 minutes away and it's home to the largest flea market in the US (First Monday Trade Days), a couple good restaurants, a great golf course, lots of shopping, and a fun zip line tour. 

If you like golf, then you have several excellent nearby golf courses - check out this North Texas Golf Map to find a course and read our review to learn more about the course.  Our favorites that close are Twin Lakes in Canton, Pinnacle Golf Club on Cedar Creek Lake, and Garden Valley in Lindale. 

Or if you don't mind driving an hour, you can explore Tyler which is home to several things to see and do including a great zoo. 

The Texas Fresh Water Fisheries and the Scuba Dive Park in nearby Athens are both worth visiting. 

Campground Information

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Texas Outside Favorite Sites: 21, 22, 23, 24, and 25 are closest to the lake

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Texas Outside Campground Rating System

Texas Outside uses a tough rating scale and it’s difficult for a campground to get a “10”.  Each park is rated on:

  • Scenic Beauty: a campground that is flat with no trees or character gets a “1” and hills, lots of trees, beautiful lake site, and lush ground cover gets a “10”
  • Park Condition:  the cleaner, well kept, and maintained campgrounds receive high scores
  • Amenities: we are looking for lots of amenities like restrooms, dump stations, playgrounds, boat ramps, shelters, concession stand, rental toys, and more.
  • Campsites:  low scores are given for sites that are right next to each other (good for getting to know your neighbors, but not what we’re looking for when we’re camping); have no lantern holder, no water or electricity, no fire pit, no grill, or no picnic table (or it’s rotten wood); have no trees and no view; the ground cover is crushed rock (my bare feet hate that stuff!); and they require a lot of work to get your rig level.
  • Things To Do: Bonus points are given for campgrounds that offer lots of fun things to do at the park or very nearby – this includes: biking, hiking, climbing, boating, entertainment, golf, swimming, fishing, volleyball, horseshoes, and more