Benbrook Lake

Benbrook, Texas

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This 3,770-acre U.S. Army Corps of Engineers impoundment, situated on the Clear Fork of the Trinity River, can be extremely busy on weekends and holidays, when many of the entrance roads are closed to anyone but paying campers and fishermen. The area offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities, ranging from boating and fishing to horseback riding and hiking. Key birds: Wood Duck, Greater Roadrunner, and Red-headed Woodpecker are present year-round. Neotropic Cormorant, Swainson’s Hawk, Least and Black Terns, Chuck-will’s-widow, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Prothonotary Warbler, Indigo and Painted Buntings, Dickcissel, and Grasshopper Sparrow occur in summer. Common Loon; Common Goldeneye; Hooded, Common, and Redbreasted Mergansers; Osprey; Bald Eagle; Ferruginous and Roughlegged Hawks; Merlin; Prairie Falcon; Mountain Bluebird; Lark Bunting; LeConte’s, Fox, and Harris’s Sparrows; and Rusty Blackbird 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.

Benbrook Lake Professional Review and Guide

"This 3,770-acre U.S. Army Corps of Engineers impoundment, situated on the Clear Fork of the Trinity River, can be extremely busy on weekends and holidays, when many of the entrance roads are closed to anyone but paying campers and fishermen. The area offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities, ranging from boating and fishing to horseback riding and hiking.

Key birds: Wood Duck, Greater Roadrunner, and Red-headed Woodpecker are present year-round. Neotropic Cormorant, Swainson’s Hawk, Least and Black Terns, Chuck-will’s-widow, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Prothonotary Warbler, Indigo and Painted Buntings, Dickcissel, and Grasshopper Sparrow occur in summer. Common Loon; Common Goldeneye; Hooded, Common, and Redbreasted Mergansers; Osprey; Bald Eagle; Ferruginous and Roughlegged Hawks; Merlin; Prairie Falcon; Mountain Bluebird; Lark Bunting; LeConte’s, Fox, and Harris’s Sparrows; and Rusty Blackbird 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."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Benbrook
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best April-May for spring migrants & nesting activities; late summer for post-nesting shorebirds, gulls, & terns; November-February for winter water birds & sparrows
Local Contacts: Benbrook Project Office
Local Maps: Texas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme
Driving Directions: Directions to Benbrook Lake

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May 2018