Lake Hawkins Outing


On October 27­–28, the Diving Rebels will gather at the Lake Hawkins RV Park, 156 County Road 3455, Hawkins, TX 75765 ( 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. Unlike Lake Tyler, however, 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 The Scuba Ranch, but, as usual with Texas lakes, it can vary based on rainfall, vegetation, and other factors. Calvis Hawes, one of our Lifetime Members, has a lake house there, and he has recommended that 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. The camp sites do have electricity.

Location: Lake Hawkins RV Park, 156 County Road 3455, Hawkins, TX 75765

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Phone number: (903) 769-4545

While we’re at Lake Hawkins, we’ll hold our traditional Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest, so bring a pumpkin to carve!! We’ll clean out their craniums on shore, then carve the pumpkins underwater. I suggest using “kid safe” carvers, but if you do bring knives, consider wearing gloves, and be extra careful. Props are OK, but please keep them reasonable and family friendly. We’ll be awarding prizes in two categories: “Scariest” and “Most Creative.” Please, don’t mark your pumpkins for carving in advance of the contest. If you haven’t participated in our Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest before, it’s actually a lot of fun, so give it a try!

I’ll be providing a brisket, corn on the cob, and baked potatoes for Saturday dinner, but you must let me know that you’re going to attend no later than October 19 if you want to eat dinner with us. I also need to know if you are coming so that we can book camp sites. You can contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call me at (469) 426-6319. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to send me a message, give me a call, or see me at the October membership meeting.

Jim Magnuson