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The Cutoff of the Trinity River, near Trinidad. Photo courtesy TRPA board member Alexander Neal.

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers: Local Outdoorsmen Rally to Save the Cutoff

We are continuing to rally with Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (BHA) and Save the Cutoff to ensure access to one of the finest fisheries in east Texas, the historic Cutoff of the Trinity River, also known as Creslenn Lake.

See the link to the latest post from BHA below, which contains some of the key points for the ongoing litigation, which we strongly suggest you consideration a donation for

Four support points from the article which TRPA affirms:

  • Creslenn lake clearly fits the definition of a navigable water by every measure of Texas law and statute, and Texans clearly retain the rights to access and use navigable waters for fishing.
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has long maintained and regulated Creslenn Lake as a public water subject to public fishery and even stocked the lake with Florida Largemouth Bass in 1976 and again in 1998.
  • FM 1667 is a public right of way as designated by the State Highway Department of Texas (predecessor of the TX Department of Transportation).
  • The US Army Corps of Engineers issued a cease-and-desist notice to the private landowner after he violated the County’s floodplain ordinance, but still no action has been taken to remedy the problem.

Read the full article here!

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