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Big Lake, Texas

The community of Big Lake developed with the building of the Orient Railroad in 1911, and served as the marketing and retail center for the surrounding cattle and sheep ranches. The University of Texas owned much of the rather arid grazing land around Big Lake where, in 1923, a large oil pool was discovered with the Santa Rita No. 1. The discovery made the University of Texas one of the richest schools in the nation.

Today Big Lake is the seat of Reagan County, where its name was derived from the large, shallow depression to the south that forms a broad, shallow lake during rare wet seasons.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Things to do near Big Lake, TX

Snake Farm Animal World

For the last 40 years, local and international travelers have hailed Animal World and Snake Farm (formerly known as Snake Far...

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

The Ranch covers 400 acres of gorgeous Texas Hill Country. After you drive 4 miles of our adventurous rodeways, you will expe...

Big Lake Country Club

Course Access: Semi-PrivateHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...

Lake Travis Fishing

Predominant Fish Species Largemouth bass Guadalupe bass White bass & striped bass Catfish Sunfish Lake Travis is noted ...

Riverside Golf Course

Course Access: PublicHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 3 days...