Cassells Boykin State Recreation Area is on the western shore of Sam Rayburn Reservoir just off State Highway 147, nine miles east of Zavalla in Angelina County. The 265-acre park was built by the United States Army Corps of Engineers in the mid-1960s and was leased to the state in 1982, when the corps developed financial problems. The heavily wooded site, in Angelina National Forest, attracts numerous migratory birds and waterfowl. Archeological surveys have revealed extensive Caddoan settlements in the area; Cherokees occupied the site from about 1828 to 1839. Facilities include a boat ramp, toilets, picnic tables, campsites, a well, and a dump station.
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Ray Miller, Texas Parks (Austin: Cordovan, 1984).
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.
“Cassells Boykin State Recreation Area,”
Handbook of Texas Online,
accessed May 21, 2022,
Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Original Publication Date:
December 1, 1994