Drip, Drip, Drop LbNA # 22172
|Placed Date||May 13 2006|
There are a lot of drips and quite a few drops of water in Lake Livingston located 75 miles north of Houston, Texas on the Trinity River. Lake Livingston is the 2nd largest lake located within the borders of Texas. It is 39 miles long and is 7 miles wide at its widest point. The reservoir covers 82,600 acres, and drains an area of 16,616 square miles. Construction of the dam by Forrest and Cotton, Incorporated, began in 1966 and was completed in 1969. The reservoir is used for municipal, industrial, and irrigation purposes. When the lake was created, a lot of things were submerged. A church, a graveyard, old highway 190, at least one bridge, several smaller lakes and other things now reside at the bottom of the lake.
Lake Livingston State Park, in Polk County, is located 1 mile south of Livingston and 75 miles north of Houston. From Hwy 59, go 4 miles west on FM 1988, then .5 mile north on FM 3126 to Park Road 65. Pay fee and get map at Entrance Station. After entering the park, continue on the entry road. Go straight through one stop sign and turn left where there is a sign that says swimming pool. There will be a small park on the left. Take the first right on the loop and park at the end of the lot near the yellow poles.
Go through the yellow poles and follow the path to a lone tree and picnic table on a bluff overlooking Lake Livingston and admire the wonderful view. You can see Pine Island straight ahead over the water. If you look to the left you can see the spillway of the dam. Turn to your right and follow the tree line down toward the point ahead. Before the tree line turns a corner and you can still see the lone tree on the bluff, you will see a small social trail lead into the woods. A few steps in you will see a dead log lying on its side. Follow the contour of the log until it branches off to the left. Above the log at eye level (for an adult, about 5 1/2 to 6 feet high), you will see a vine with a knot in it. Below that on the right side of the log is a large hollow knot. Drip, Drip, Drop is knot there. It is on the opposite side of the log at the base of a small tree that touches the log. The box is a cylindrical minibox covered in Camo tape. Please recover well. Be sure to check out Quetzel's State Mammal letterbox while you are there as well as several others in the park.