by Roland H. Wauer & Mark A. Elwonger (Falcon Guides)
The 1,474-acre state park is the largest of the many parks surrounding the reservoir. The 20,300-acre Wright Patman Lake (a conservation pool) and most of the surrounding lands are administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The earthfill dam is 18,500 feet long, with a maximum height of 100 feet, and was designed to retain floodwaters of the Sulphur River. Wright Patman Dam and Lake are named for Congressman Wright Patman.
Key birds: Wood and Mottled Ducks, Red-headed and Pileated Woodpeckers, Fish Crow, and Brown-headed Nuthatch are present year-round. Anhinga; White Ibis; Mississippi Kite; Chuck-will’s-widow; Scissor-tailed Flycatcher; Wood Thrush; Yellow-throated, Prothonotary, Kentucky, and Hooded Warblers; Louisiana Waterthrush; Painted Bunting; and Dickcissel occur in summer. Surf and White-winged Scoters, Hooded and Red-breasted Mergansers, Osprey, Bald Eagle, American Woodcock, LeConte’s and Harris’s Sparrows, and Lapland Longspur can usually be found in winter. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information.
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