Earlier this week, waterfowlers who had drawn the handful of coveted permits for a scheduled weekend duck hunt on the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge's cypress-studded Champion Lake Unit in Liberty County received an email they dreaded but most almost certainly figured was coming: Flooding from heavy autumn rains - or the lingering effects of record-setting rains and flooding in early summer - is causing confounding complications for hunters, anglers, campers and others who enjoy outdoor recreation across much of Texas. Along the Texas coast, prairies were awash from rain runoff, while pond-pocked marshes turned to seas through a combination of runoff and persistently high tides. The surfeit of water has benefited ducks and geese by greatly expanding their wintering habitat, but it flummoxed waterfowlers by scattering the birds and made access tough or impossible. Flooding continues causing access problems for anglers and boaters on a handful of reservoirs in the eastern part of Texas. Water level in more than a dozen lakes is well above the normal mark, with some lake levels so high boat ramps are either hard to use or, in some cases, closed. A handful of other state parks - Caddo, Somerville, Ray Roberts, Eisenhower, Bastrop among them - have boat ramps or other facilities closed or of limited use because of high water or damage caused by flooding earlier this year. [...] the nagging damage from spring floods and flooding triggered by rains that fell in late October and early November continues impacting outdoor opportunities at hugely popular state parks such as Cooper Lake, Cedar Hill, Somerville, Bastrop and others.