Granger Lake, TX

Granger Lake, Texas

Operated by The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Granger Lake is one of Central Texas's best kept secrets. Known for great white bass and crappie fishing, it also offers excellent hunting opportunities on the 10,000+ acre wildlife management area. Granger Lake offers excellent recreational boating as well as jet skiing and sailing opportunities. Facilities include four parks with 133 class A campsites, restrooms with hot showers, swim beaches, screened shelters, sewer hook-ups, three large group shelters, fishing pier, playground and a hiking trail with a primitive campground. If you want to get away from the crowds, then come stay with us!

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Granger Lake Fishingmore

Granger Lake Fishing
Granger Lake FishingFishing at Granger Lake varies throughout the year. Large catfish, along with the annual crappie and white bass runs bring many people to the lake for a taste of good Texas fishing.

The largest black bass caught to date at Granger Lake had a certified weight of 11.62 lbs, White Bass 2.64 lbs, White Crappie 2.25 lbs, Flathead Catfish 26.25 lbs, Blue Catfish 25.50 lbs.

Crappie - WMA, Willis Creek Park - Jan thru mid Feb., or Wilson Fox fishing dock during evenings. Can be caught in stilling basin on first day or so after gates are closed after a "good" release.

White Bass - During Bass "run" up the river - Mid Feb thru the end of March. Willis Creek - outside of lake impoundment (no later than mid Apr). In the lake (feeding on shad or hiding in cool water pockets) - End of "run" to mid summer. Can be caught in stilling basin first day or so after gates are closed after a "good" release, or during a 1 foot on each gate release.

Black Bass - Spotty throughout year; weight up to 11.62 lbs. Best up river in woody areas.

Flathead - In lake impoundment in upper river. March thru mid June

Catfish - Weight ranging from 10 - 80 lbs. (Caught on trot and drop lines) Best at Willis Creek Park and at Stilling Basin

Channel Catfish - All year except hot part of summer (July thru early Sept). Caught mostly on trot line, average weight 4 - 6 lbs. Best in Friendship Park and at Stilling Basin.

Granger Lake Huntingmore

Granger Lake Hunting
Granger Lake HuntingGranger Lake is one of Central Texas's best kept secrets for fishing and hunting. Some 10,800+ acres of hunting area are licensed to Texas Parks and Wildlife for public hunting.

Primary game species for shotgun hunting are dove, quail, waterfowl, rabbit and squirrel. There is also archery hunting for feral hogs to draw hunts for deer, turkey and gun hunts for hogs.

To enable you to hunt at Granger Lake you must purchase a TPWD Annual Hunting Permit (AHP), along with a valid hunting license and applicable stamps. These permits can be obtained anywhere hunting license are sold.

Granger Lake Campingmore

Granger Lake Camping
Granger Lake CampingGranger Lake is one of the lesser known recreational areas around Austin. Situated in the rolling terrain of northeast Williamson County on the Blackland Prairie, it offers some interesting sites and good solitude away from the RV camping areas. Four parks have similar features to make your stay more enjoyable.

There is a Gatehouse at the entrance of each park for you to receive general information about the lake or stop at the project office located at the north end of the dam.

Three of the parks( Wilson H. Fox, Taylor and Willis Creek) offer camping in class A campgrounds. These parks have the following amenities centrally located:

- Restrooms - w/showers with hot water and flush toilets
- Dump Station (dumping of gray water on ground is prohibited)

Each camping site has:

- Electric Hook ups (30/20 Amp) (some have 50 amp service)
- Water Hook up
- Willis Creek Park has sewer hook-ups
- Covered picnic table (some have screened shelters)
- Upright Grill
- Fire Ring, for ground fires

Wilson H. Fox Park - Open year round

58 Sites - (37 sites are reservable through the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS) on the internet or by calling toll free 1-877-444-6777.) starting at $14.00. One Disabled Site.

* Screened Shelter w/Sink & Ceiling Fan, two benches and picnic table. $30.00 with or without an RV unit.

*Sinks are located behind campground restrooms for tent campers to wash dishes.

*A Fish cleaning station is located behind the restroom at east boat ramp.

*Camping fees include boat ramp, fishing dock and swimming beach fees.

* A Playground is located behind site 26 for use by registered campers.

Day Use Activities

Fishing dock - 6am-10pm (only registered campers allowed after 10 PM)
Swim Beach - Open April 1 thru November 30,(6am-sunset)
Boat Ramp - 2 located in this park, 1 w/Courtesy dock and fish cleaning station behind restroom (east ramp)

Taylor Park - Open March 1 through September 30 Only

48 Campsites,(31 sites are reservable through the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS) on the internet or by calling toll free 1-877-444-6777.) starting at $12.00.

* All sites are back in sites with 30 and 20 amp service, water hydrant, covered picnic table, stand up cooker, fire ring and utility table.

* Camping fee includes boat ramp fee, picnic area and hiking trail fees.

* The Comanche Bluff Hiking Trail starts in the park and traverses throughout the park and ends up at the Fox Bottom Primitive Camp Area.

Day Use Activities

- Boat Ramp w/Courtesy dock
- 50 Picnic Sites - Each site has a covered picnic table and an upright grill.
- Hiking trail

Willis Creek Park - Open Year Round

27 Campsites, (16 sites are reservable through the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS) on the internet or by calling toll free 1-877-444-6777.) starting at $14.00. One disabled site.

* All sites are back in sites with 30 and 20 amp service, water hydrant, covered picnic table, stand up cooker, fire ring and utility table.

* Camping fee includes boat ramp fee

Day Use Activities

- Horseback trails
-Boat Ramp w/Courtesy dock
-5 Picnic Sites - Sites include a picnic table and an upright grill. Three sites are covered.
-Excellent bank fishing opportunities

Group Shelter

Friendship Park

Day Use Activities

*Boat Ramp

*Group Shelter

*Beach Shelters
35 sites w/covered picnic tables and upright grills.
10 sites w/covered picnic tables close to the water.

*Excellent bank fishing opportunities.

Granger Lake Trailsmore

Granger Lake Multi-Use Trails
Granger Lake Multi-Use TrailsThe Granger Lake Willis Creek Park Trails are open to hikers, bikers, and equestrian users.


- Use of trails is not permitted on scheduled hunt days.

- Trails are multi-use. Hikers and bikers always yield to equine and pass on equine's left.

- Do not block gate access. Overflow may park outside the back gate of the parking area. Vehicles are not permitted on the trails.

- Leave all gates as you found them. There are cows here. The parking area gate should be kept closed.

- Alcohol is not allowed on the trails.

- Quiet hours are in effect between 10 pm and 6 am.

- Ground fires are prohibited except in provided fire pits.

- Dogs must be on a leash at all times for the safety of others and to protect wildlife and cattle.


- Proof of negative EIA (Coggins) test within the past 12 months is required for equine.

- It is best to stay on the trails. There are dump sites and wire on the ground in various areas.

- Approach other riders at a walk and ask permission of riders in front before passing.

- Keep equine out of the park area (north of equestrian parking area and main park road).

- Pick up or scatter all equine manure and hay in the parking area.

- Soap should not be used when washing equine.

Granger Lake Birdwatchingmore

Birds of Granger Lake
Common Loon Pied-billed Grebe Horned Grebe Eared Grebe

American White Pelican Double-crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron Great Egret Snowy Egret Little Blue Heron Cattle Egret Green-backed Heron Black-crowned Night Heron Yellow-crowned Night Heron White-faced Ibis Roseate Spoonbill

Greater White-fronted Goose Snow Goose Canada Goose Wood Duck Green-winged Teal Mallard
Northern Pintail Blue-winged Teal Cinnamon Teal Northern Shoveler .Gadwall
American Wigeon Canvasback Redhead
Ring-necked Duck Lesser Scaup Common Goldeneye Bufflehead Hooded Merganser Red-breasted Merganser Ruddy Duck

Black Vulture Turkey Vulture Osprey
Mississippi Kite Bald Eagle Northern Harrier Sharp-shinned Hawk Cooper's Hawk Harris' Hawk Red-shouldered Hawk Broad-winged Hawk Swainson's Hawk Red-tailed Hawk Ferruginous Hawk American Kestrel Merlin

. ARing-necked Pheasant Northern Pheasant

American Coot Sandhill Crane

Black-bellied Plover Lesser Golden Plover Semipalmated Plover Killdeer
"Mountain Plover Black-necked Stilt American Avocet Greater Yellowlegs Lesser Yellowlegs Solitary Sandpiper Spotted Sandpiper Upland Sandpiper Long-billed Curlew Hudsonian Godwit Semipalmated Sandpiper Western Sandpiper Least Sandpiper Baird's Sandpiper Pectoral Sandpiper Stilt Sandpiper Buff-breasted Sandpiper Short-billed Dowitcher Long-billed Dowitcher Common Snipe American Woodcock Wilson's Phalarope

Franklin's Gull Little Gull Bonaparte's Gull Ring-billed Gull Herring Gull Forster's Tern Black Tern

Rock Dove White-winged Dove Mourning Dove

Black-billed Cuckoo Yellow-billed Cuckoo Greater Roadrunner

Common Barn Owl Eastern Screech Owl Great Horned Owl Barred Owl Short-eared Owl

Common Nighthawk

Chimney Swift Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Blelted Kingfisher

Red-headed Woodpecker Red-bellied Woodpecker Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Ladder-backed Woodpecker Downy Woodpecker Hairy Woodpecker Common Flicker Pileated Woodpecker

"Traill's-type Flycatcher Least Flycatcher Empidonax Eastern Phoebe Great Crested Flycatcher Western Kingbird Eastern Kingbird Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Horned Lark

Purple Martins
N. Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow

Blue Jay American Crow

Carolina Chickadee Tufted Titmouse Red-breasted Nuthatch Brown Creeper

Carolina Wren Bewick's Wren House Wren Winter Wren Marsh Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet Ruby-crowned Kinglet Blue-grey Gnatcatcher Eastern Bluebird Veery
Swainson's Thrush Hermit Thrush Wood Thrush American Robin

Gray Catbird Northern Mockingbird Brown Thrasher

Water Pipet Cedar Waxwing Loggerhead Shrike

European Starlings
Solitary Vireo Yellow-throated Vireo Warbling Vireo Red-eyed Vireo
Blue-winged Warbler Tennessee Warbler Orange-crowned Warbler Nashville Warbler Yellow Warbler Magnolia Warbler Yellow-rumped Warbler Black-throated Gray Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler Black-and-white Warbler American Redstart Ovenbird
Northern Waterthrush Mourning Warbler Common Yellowthroat Wilson's Warbler Yellow-breasted Chat

Summer Tanager Northern Cardinal Rose-breasted Grosbeak Blue Grosbeak Indigo Bunting Painted Bunting Dickcissel Rufous-sided Townee

Chipping Sparrow Field Sparrow Vesper Sparrow Lark Sparrow Savannah Sparrow Le Conte' Sparrow Fox Sparrow Song Sparrow Lincoln's Sparrow Swamp Sparrow White-throated Sparrow White-crowned Sparrow Harris' Sparrow Dark-eyed Junco 'McCown's Longspur "Lapland Longspur "Chestnut-collared Longspur

Red-winged Blackbird Eastern Meadowlark Western Meadowlark Yellow-headed Blackbird Rusty Blackbird

Granger Lake Map

Granger Lake Information

Fees: Entrance/Ramp fees vary.

Location: 7 mi E of Granger via FM 971 on the San Gabriel River

Contact: 512-859-2668