During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cutoff was a godsend for Dustin Baker’s family.
The Cutoff is a long, skinny body of water that runs about 12 miles along the border of Henderson and Navarro counties. It’s public property, owned by the state. It was originally part of the Trinity River, but in the 1920s, a levee project to mitigate flooding along the Trinity changed the river’s path and the Cutoff was separated from its main stream.
The water is calm and quiet. The banks are green and brushy, with cottonwoods cutting off the horizon on both sides. It’s a time capsule, in some ways – a relatively untouched corridor of what the Trinity River used to be like.