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Old 11-03-2014, 11:41 PM   #1
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Need help planning SHNF camping trip

Want to take the fam on a camping trip to the SHNF. Trying to find a nice campground that has direct access to OHV trails and fishing. Would be nice if the trails hit the lake somewhere in a remote area for fishing. Any thoughts?
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Old 11-04-2014, 07:43 AM   #2
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Kellys Pond?
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Old 11-04-2014, 08:04 AM   #4
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Take them camping in Herman park. Plenty to see and do there....close to trails and wildlife...
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Old 11-04-2014, 08:17 AM   #5
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I've been to Kelly's pond. Didn't recall any fishing though. There was the pond but was looking for a slightly larger body of water to fish. Does that Double Lake area have any OHV trails nearby?
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Old 11-04-2014, 08:21 AM   #6
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I've been to Kelly's pond. Didn't recall any fishing though. There was the pond but was looking for a slightly larger body of water to fish. Does that Double Lake area have any OHV trails nearby?
Nope. Just MTB and horses. Last time I went there to mountain bike the lakes were totally dry.
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So is there a route to get to the lake from a campground with OHV access. Even if it just gets near the shoreline is one spot that would be good enough for me.
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Brandon I forgot about this area. I took the wife and dog here a while back and its perfect for camping. Only prob is u have to park your truck and hike about 1/2mile because its has a gate. But its perfect, right on the water and has a lot of flat beach front.

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Its off the same road as Kellys pond, its FS218 just passed the Kellys pond right hander. I can show u this weekend.
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Old 11-04-2014, 09:13 AM   #9
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That would be perfect. Hoping to have an ATV in the next couple weeks. So we could just load it up and ride over there.
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Remember u need a gay class to ride an ATV in a Nat Forest......

Either way its a perfect spot to camp......
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Remember u need a gay class to ride an ATV in a Nat Forest......

Either way its a perfect spot to camp......
What? You have to take a class?
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I took it years ago. It was a waste of time. It also rained that weekend so we were wet the entire time. Good times.
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What? You have to take a class?
last I checked....for an ATV....yes. 2 wheel machine? no.

these links may shed some light also.

http://www.riderplanet-usa.com/atv/t.../ride_7570.htm

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/ohv/faq.phtml

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Old 11-04-2014, 03:29 PM   #14
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last I checked....for an ATV....yes. 2 wheel machine? no.

these links may shed some light also.

http://www.riderplanet-usa.com/atv/t.../ride_7570.htm

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/ohv/faq.phtml
That's why I was surprised. There is no requirement for a dirt bike. So you can fly through there on two wheels but if you want to putt around on 4 wheels you have to take a safety course?
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brandontx, FYI---remember too, deer hunting season started last Saturday so forest is going to be full of guys with loaded weapons, and also the rangers are out in force this time of year and checking almost every 4 wheeler in the forest. Don't get caught out there without taking the course, very nice fine. Read all the rules about riding there too, rangers give no breaks because you didn't know. Don't want to rain on your parade, but better to hear it now than when a ranger has you pulled over and can't stop writing.
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i forgot to mention hunting season as well....I always got a kick out of brawpping it up while dudes in orange vests tiptoed around looking for bambi. As warm as it is here, I think they appreciated us though so the deer would actually move....and my only encounter with Game Warden in SHNF coincidentally occurred during hunting season.
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brandontx, FYI---remember too, deer hunting season started last Saturday so forest is going to be full of guys with loaded weapons, and also the rangers are out in force this time of year and checking almost every 4 wheeler in the forest. Don't get caught out there without taking the course, very nice fine. Read all the rules about riding there too, rangers give no breaks because you didn't know. Don't want to rain on your parade, but better to hear it now than when a ranger has you pulled over and can't stop writing.
Looked into it and it is impossible to even take the course. Apparently there are only a handful of people that offer it and there aren't any openings available for the foreseeable future. Only class available is in San Antonio by some guy who trains you in his back yard. What a cluster . Talked to the head of the OHV program and he suggested I request an exemption from the DPS because there are no courses available. I don't even really like ATVs and I'm not even trying to ride the trails all day just wanted to be able to putt around with my daughter and take her fishing at a cool spot back in the woods.

How much is the ticket?
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that sucks about the class, there used to be one offered in Richmond and Silsbee. I have been meaning to take the class. looks like Marble falls offers a class, that may be cool to do double duty to ride there and get the class knocked out.


i agree completely of the stupidity of requiring the class. put put on atv, need the class. newbie on CR500, have at it!! yeah, thats definitely safer
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