Trinity River Refuge Ribbon Cutting for New Paved Road

LIBERTY, June 27, 2012 - Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:00 am on Monday, July 9th for the new paved road leading into the Champion Lake Public Use Area. Paving will be completed by July 3rd (barring any weather issues) and re-opened to the public that day.

This site located at the end of CR 417 off of FM 1409 was purchased by the Refuge in 2006. It has remained a dirt road until now. In addition to the road, there will be new striping, signs and speed bumps along with the butterfly garden parking area being paved.

An electric gate that will automatically close at sundown and re-open at sunrise is planned for the near future.

The Champion Lake Public Use Area is free and open to fishing, hiking, butterfly and bird watching, waterfowl hunting with a refuge permit, and limited boating. It is open 7 days a week during daylight hours only but may be closed from time to time due to flooding. This new road will be posted at 20 mph speed limit and radar enforced. Refuge staff will be on hand to answer questions. This event is open to everyone and we hope you can attend on July 9. If you have any questions, please call Stuart Marcus, Refuge Manager, at 936/336-9786.

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