Champion Lake Lodge Preservation Begins


LIBERTY October 24, 2019 - The preservation and renovation of the historic Champion Lake Lodge & Cottage will begin this fall under the guidance of the Friends of Trinity River Refuge (FOTRR).TheLodge & Cottage are beautiful log-structures built in the 1940’s as a private duck hunting lodge on Champion Lake which become the property of the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge in 2007. The Lodge features a great room with exposed log beams and a massive stone fireplace. Many hunters in Liberty and Chambers Counties may remember the Lodge & Cottage as Casa de los Patos or The House of the Ducks. The structures are located 10 miles south of Dayton on FM 1409 at the end of CR 417.

The FOTRR will have three Saturday workdays which are open to all interested individuals. The Nov. 9, 2019 workday will focus on cleanup, window and screen repair, and the sealing of openings. On Nov. 23, 2019, the crews will complete the window/screen repairs and demolish a small addition on the back of the lodge. The final workday, Dec. 7, 2019, will concentrate on roof repairs and building an exterior wall section. The workday times will be from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm

The workdays have tasks for volunteers of all skill levels and the donation of time and funds are greatly appreciated. Please contact Gary Holmes, FOTRR board member, at  for more information to volunteer and what tools are needed for a workday.
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