Critter's Lodge ~ An Aviation Preserve  

 SPRING FLY-IN DATE - Postponed!!

The Spring Critters Lodge fly-in has been postponed due to a ladder/fall accident by Beverly Martin on April 6, 2016.  She is improving and at a later date the fly-in will be rescheduled.  Her progress will be reported on this website.  Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated and we appreciate your interest in Critters Lodge.  We hope to see you again soon. 

An update as of 05/02/2016. Beverly Martin will come home from the hospital tomorrow and will be an out-patient for the next several days.  She is feeling much better and thanks each and every one of you for your thoughts and prayers. 




Join us in our fly-in at Critter's Lodge!!  Camp out event will begin on Friday evening, ending Sunday morning after breakfast.  Join us with our kick-off dinner on Friday evening at 6:30. For those who like to camp out we offer camping facilities, indoor restrooms (No Port-O-Lets), solar outdoor showers, firewood, Wi-Fi, and LOTS OF GOOD FOOD. Our new improvements include Motorhome parking, limited space with electric/water hookups (nominal fee), Wi-Fi.  We also offer cots/pillows and blankets (nominal fee) for those who do not like sleeping on the ground. Please call us for more details, and/or to reserve your special spot.  Critter's Lodge is located on the Houston Sectional Chart near the 30 degree radial out of Leona identified as "Dillard Airport" (TE01) Packed turf, 3,100 foot, lighted runway, elevation 255 ft. ~ MONITORING 122.9  ~ Land and taxi at your own risk, trees on both sides and end of runway. The runway is suitable for piston driven aircraft 12,500 pounds or less. Taxi and follow signage to proper parking area to avoid back taxi. taxi and park in mowed areas only.

Reserved Trailer/RV parking with available hook-ups offered $20.00 for fly-in weekend.  We also offer limited "Reserved parking" spaces for $5.00 each on a First Come Basis, along runway.  Bunk house space is limited, and available for $20.00 for weekend including cot, pillow and blanket.  Additonally we offer 22 Acres of pasture camping/parking for free.  For a reserved parking space fly-by early or email us to reserve your preferred space or for site locations. (  Looking forward to your visit.

If you have an unusal aircraft (warbird, etc) or would like locate near special friends please let us know in advance, if possible, we will be glad to accommodate you. 


                             To contact us, or phone 903-536-7004 or 903-536-7000

                                             We support EAA – AOPA – CAP – ABS

               Leona VOR 110.8  032 degrees~15 nm  Lat. N31 – 18.27    Lon. 95 – 47.71

Visual Flying Note:  If you follow Hwy 7 between Crockett and Centerville, at intersection of the Trinity River and Hwy. 7, airfield is 6.5 miles west.  Look for WHITE OIL STORAGE TANKS on Right of Hwy 7  ( See 499’ tower same location on sectional chart.)  Turn south one-half nm.  Both runways left hand traffic.  Runway 3100', 70' wide.  Tree-to-tree 100 feet. Taxi only in mowed identified areas.  All aircraft must have radio contact with controller prior to entering pattern.



Critters Lodge has a beautiful grass, lighted runway, located near Centerville, Texas.  The Dillard's are continuing to develope the property to incorporate the rough and rustic pioneer enviroment that can be enjoyed by aviation friends on special occasions.  For information on private camping and the facilities, contact or telephone 903-536-7000/hangar 7004.