Read park rules below in green concerning pets, firearms, drugs and alcohol.
Pets - Pets are not permitted within buildings or other enclosed structures on site. Only seeing-eye dogs are permitted in overnight facilities or near swimming areas. Pet owners are responsible for any injury or damage caused by their pets. Dogs and other pets are not allowed to run freely on park property. Any pet brought in to a State Park must be on a leash (not to exceed 6 feet in length), or caged or crated.
Alcohol - The display or overuse of alcohol in a public use area which creates a disturbance is prohibited within a state park. The use of alcoholic beverages by a minor is illegal.
Drugs - The possession, display and use of dangerous drugs or a controlled substance is illegal and prohibited within a state park.
Firearms - Not allowed
We begin gathering before 3 PM on Friday when the park staff unlocks the facility. Families and individuals check in at the main office and ask for their FREE Parking pass for the "Fly Fishing Group". Once at the facility, the first order of business is finding the necessary bunks in one of our 5 bunkhouses. Segmented and marked for couples, male singles, female singles, families with kids and the last for "Non-Snorers Only". The bedroom in each bunkhouse is designated for a dressing room "not sleeping" so that you can have some privacy when needed. This room might also be used by a mother with a new baby.
Next to the main dining room/kitchen where you meet fellow fly fishers, sign the register and pay for the weekend. Now that the state park fees have been raised, the family fee is $50 for the weekend or $25 for a day or night. Single's fee is $40 for the weekend or $20 for the day or night. For those who do not stay in the bunkhouses, please make a donation so we can pay our fees.
Next to unloading food to the kitchen. Everyone is asked to bring their necessary foods for the weekend. Most people bring to share, so all you need to provide is a nice sized dish for each feast or meal. This gives you a chance to show off your favorite dish or creation! You can imagine out of 60 to 65 people, the feast we have! Eating is a real treat! No restaurant could provide better food! Please park your vehicle in our designated parking lot and not on the grass. Park patrols checks for this.
To pass the day, all the fly tyers set up their vises in the dining hall on the tables. We always manage to have plenty of room for eating when the time comes. All day and into the late evening, tyers do their thing while spectators sit, watch and ask questions. This is not an insignificant event because some of the top fly tyers in the nation attend Rendezvous every year! This is your one chance to spend as much time as you like sitting with an outstanding tyer and learn their best skills!
Breakfast begins fairly early with the early risers! It just so happens that one East Texan prepares mouth watering pancakes for everyone or at least until the chow line dies out. Eggs of all sorts start while some fantastic breakfast dishes pop out of the over and disappear fast. This is not for the faint of heart, as they say. If you snooze you lose! Late risers will have to fend for themselves or find the crumbs!
Cooking for lunch begins right after breakfast and kitchen cleanup. It is a real treat to see a clean kitchen evolve over and over! All the busy hands make these tasks a joy - not a task. Around noon time, the aroma from the kitchen forces mouths to water and lines to form.
Then comes dinner! In the past we have had some delightful surprises with fresh Alaskan silver and red salmon cooked in several ways, barbequed chickens and sausages from the outdoor pit, Cajun dishes of all sorts, 96 quart coolers of fresh steamed crabs on ice ready for cracking and even Dutch oven cooking. Some usual treats are spaghetti and meat balls that are out of this world, chili, sandwiches, special salads and too many other items to detail here. Just let it be said that if you have taste buds, you will be totally satisfied! We always have too much food at each meal so please plan to cook less, we do not need several main dishes but more salads and side dishes to go with our main meat dishes. You do not need to cook for 65 people, that is why we have so much.
Some of the strange slang and accents you will hear during your weekend come from the fact that clubs gather from all over! Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and we have had them from Missouri, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
Children have a safe place to play because the cove of the lake is at least a hundred yards down hill from the bunkhouses. That means fishing! Wading, float tubes, kayaks and canoes are the order of the day. No Louisiana license is required for Texans. Of course, fishing is a minor thing to most because all the fun is in the dining hall all day or out in the parking lot where expert fly casters practice and show off their new rods and reels. Another opportunity to learn something by just squeezing in and joining the conversations. It wont take long before you will be handed a rod to test out. You might just find a new fiberglass rod that outcasts graphite!
Now to planning! Bring bed sheets or a sleeping bag, pillows and blankets if you need it. The beds are quite comfortable and the bunkhouses are very clean. Bring your bath items with your toothbrush. We don't care if you don't shave but combing the hair is a must. Don't worry about bringing eating necessities, we now provide paper plates, bowls, cups, plastic ware, napkins and all the kitchen cleaning items, as well as, coffee, sugar, tea, cooking oil, salt and pepper. No need for any cooking items unless you need something special like a blender, crock pot or food processor. Everything a commercial kitchen can have is provided by the park service.
You will have a personal area for boxes of food stuff on the shelving in the rear of the kitchen and in one of the several refrigerators, there is one freezer, a large Vulcan stove with griddle, a deep fryer, a microwave oven, an ice machine, coffee & tea makers and a long steam serving line setup, three stainless washing sinks and a stainless preparation table in the middle of the kitchen.
Bring a little firewood if you want to toast you feet in our fireplace or bring brickettes for the bar-b-que outdoors.
For some strange reason we have had some individuals who prefer to bring their RV but be warned now that they are not allowed in the Group Facility area and you will be hunted down by park officials if you attempt to park there. RV sites are close by in the park. The main gates are closed and locked at 10 PM each night requiring a lock combination number for access. Since we have no telephone in the Group Facility there is no way to know when people arrive late to open the gate for them. This means if you arrive after 10 PM you had better made provisions before hand.
Walter & Linda McLendon 936-634-3290 Pineywoods Fly Fishers email@example.com
Here is our map to Rendezvous from Lufkin to help you find your own route. Find Zwolle, LA on your map and chart your course.
We used to have a Spring Rendezvous at Lake D'Arbonne State Park near Monroe, LA in April, we really need to start them again in the spring if enough people are interested. I have to make reservations 11 months in advance to get them. Click here for an old Spring Rendezvous
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