Black Kettle National Grassland is on Farm Road 2266 twelve miles east of Canadian in Hemphill County, Texas, and Roger Mills County, Oklahoma. The 31,576-acre preserve was purchased during the 1930s by the United States Department of the Interior under the Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act in an effort to return some of the badly eroded land of the Dust Bowl to its natural state. The preserve, which includes Lake Marvin, is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service under a policy of multiple use for range, watershed, recreation, and wildlife. Open grasslands, marshes, and woodlands provide habitats for wildlife ranging from deer and turkeys to wood ducks and barred owls. Recreational facilities at the grassland include several cabins, hiking trails, and camping and picnicking areas.
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George Oxford Miller, Texas Parks and Campgrounds: Central, South, and West Texas (Austin: Texas Monthly Press, 1984).
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.
“Black Kettle National Grassland,”
Handbook of Texas Online,
accessed May 20, 2022,
Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Original Publication Date:
November 1, 1994