Lake Somerville State Park

Birch Creek, Texas

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Somerville Lake encompasses 11,460 acres, and its entire 85-mile shoreline is contained within lands managed by either the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). The principal watershed of Yegua Creek drains approximately 1,320 square miles, and is dammed by a 20,210-foot-long earthfill embankment (20 miles above its confluence with the Brazos River) near Somerville. The entire area is managed as a recreation area, offering boating, fishing, swimming, and hunting. Two floating marinas and ten boat ramps provide plenty of lake access during normal wet periods. Playgrounds are available at Big Creek, Yegua Creek, and Overlook Park. All-terrain bicycles and horses are also permitted on the trails. Key birds: Neotropic Cormorant, Wood Duck, and Greater Roadrunner are present year-round. Roseate Spoonbill, Wood Stork, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Wood Thrush, Prothonotary and Swainson’s Warblers, and Painted Bunting occur in summer. American White Pelican, Bald Eagle, and Fox and Harris’s Sparrows 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.

Lake Somerville State Park Professional Review and Guide

"Somerville Lake encompasses 11,460 acres, and its entire 85-mile shoreline is contained within lands managed by either the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). The principal watershed of Yegua Creek drains approximately 1,320 square miles, and is dammed by a 20,210-foot-long earthfill embankment (20 miles above its confluence with the Brazos River) near Somerville. The entire area is managed as a recreation area, offering boating, fishing, swimming, and hunting. Two floating marinas and ten boat ramps provide plenty of lake access during normal wet periods. Playgrounds are available at Big Creek, Yegua Creek, and Overlook Park. All-terrain bicycles and horses are also permitted on the trails.

Key birds: Neotropic Cormorant, Wood Duck, and Greater Roadrunner are present year-round. Roseate Spoonbill, Wood Stork, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Wood Thrush, Prothonotary and Swainson’s Warblers, and Painted Bunting occur in summer. American White Pelican, Bald Eagle, and Fox and Harris’s Sparrows 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: Birch Creek
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best April and May for spring migrants and nesting activities; November to March for winter waterfowl and Bald Eagle
Local Contacts: Lake Somerville State Park;
Local Maps: Texas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Somerville State Park

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May 2018