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

Stillhouse Lake WMA's

Designated public lands at Stillhouse Hollow Lake is open for free public hunting. These areas are shown on the lake map as W...

Blue Lake Golf Club

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

Temple Junior College Golf Course

Course Access: PublicHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...

Killeen Golf Course

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