Bardwell Lake, TX

Bardwell Lake Fishing

Lake Bardwell FishingLake Bardwell Fishing
Many local fishermen consider Bardwell Lake as one of the best kept secrets in the state. Although the largemouth bass caught from these waters may not win a state record, bass fishermen seldom leave empty-handed. Crappie fishing at Bardwell Lake is considered moderate with most of the... continue

Bardwell Lake Boating

Bardwell Lake Boating
Bardwell Lake has boat ramps at 5 parks. These boat ramps are of concrete construction with four lanes. Courtesy docks are available at most of the boat ramps. Swimming in the vicinity of the courtesy docks is prohibited. Fishing is not allowed from the courtesy docks or boat ramps. A "No Wake" zone... continue

Bardwell Lake Camping

Bardwell Lake Parks and CampingBardwell Lake Parks and Camping
There are six developed park areas at Bardwell Lake. Mott Park The park consists of approximately 270 acres with development on approximately 54 acres, and is located on the west side of the lake. Access to the area is a paved road that connects to FM 985. Existi... continue

Bardwell Lake Hunting

Bardwell Lake Trails

Bardwell Lake TrailsBardwell Lake Trails
Tonkawa Trail Almost a mile in length, Tonkawa Trail provides easy access to the various components of Buffalo Creek Wetland. It is named for a tribe of native Americans that inhabited this part of Texas many years ago. A four to six inch layer of crushed granite provides a firm, all-... continue

Bardwell Lake Equestrian

Bardwell Lake Equestrian TrailBardwell Lake Equestrian Trail
The Bardwell Lake Equestrian and multiuse trail is on a two thousand acre tract of land at the north end of Waxahachie Creek Park at Bardwell Lake. Waxahachie Creek Park is 7/10 of a mile west of the Bardwell Lake Bridge on Highway 34 east of Bardwell and west of Ennis. Currently, the... continue

About Bardwell Lake

Bardwell Lake, Texas
With over 3,500 surface acres, Lake Bardwell is of one of the largest attractions in Ellis county with annual attendance exceeding 500,000. The sparkling body of water offers skiing, fishing, swimming, boating and more to be done at your leisure. Camp, picnic, or host a special gathering on the 1,800 acres surrounding the lake. Highview Marina rents paddle boats and offers fishing space in a covered pavilion.

Recreation and favorable fish and wildlife habitats are beneficial uses derived from this lake built and operated by the Corps of Engineers. With lake property open to all, there are many attractive areas for outdoor recreation, water sports, hunting, fishing, and boating, or just relaxed living. Information pamphlets and copies of rules and regulations for boating and public-use areas are available at the lake office and attended gatehouses in the recreation areas.

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