Now for something completely different

On July 21–22, the Diving Rebels are going to gather at the Lake Hawkins RV Park, 156 County Road 3455, Hawkins, TX 75765 (www.mywoodcounty.com/default.aspx?name=RVPark) for a weekend at the lake! Located on Little Sandy Creek, a tributary of the Sabine River, in Wood County four miles northwest of Hawkins, Lake Hawkins is a little north of Tyler State Park on Highway 80, but unlike Lake Tyler, Hawkins is a real lake, small enough to avoid a ton of boating but big enough that there is some depth near the dam.

I haven’t dived there for a long time, and frankly I think we are way overdue going back. In my experience, visibility has been about like what we get at Clear Springs, but, as usual with Texas lakes, it can vary based on rainfall, vegetation, and other factor. Calvis Hawes, one of our lifetime Members, has a lake house there, and he has recommended we give this pretty lake a return visit. By the way, if you teach scuba classes, you might want to check Lake Hawkins out as a possible training location.

Lake Hawkins RV Park features 41 RV sites and tent camping; it’s a family friendly site (pets are allowed) that offers a boat ramp, sandy beach, and a pavilion. If you’re going to camp, the Lake Hawkins outing would be a great time to bring out that old Airstream. And if you’re not a camper, paying a day use fee (last posted as $3.00 per person (6 years and older) allows you use of the beach area, picnic area, boat ramp, fishing pier, volleyball courts, and shower facilities.

Location: Lake Hawkins RV Park, 156 County Road 3455, Hawkins, TX 75765
Web site: www.mywoodcounty.com/default.aspx?name=RVPark
Phone number: (903) 769-4545
We’ve reserved shaded pad sites 15, 16, 17; we can have 5 tents per pad site: cost, $12 per site per day.

We’ll firm up details about the outing as we get closer to the date of the event and provide more information at the July membership meeting and via Facebook and The Rebel Yell.