Copper Breaks State Park and Pease River

Crowell, Texas

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This 1,933-acre state park offers camping, picnicking, and hiking and equestrian trails year-round. Fishing is allowed on the 60-acre Lake Copper Breaks, an impoundment on Devil’s Creek. The park, whose name was derived from the copper deposits scattered throughout the area and the rugged, broken terrain, contains a visitor center with exhibits on bison and the Comanche Indians. The park is also home to a Texas longhorn herd. The Pease River is a tributary of the Red River. Key birds: Virginia Rail, Greater Roadrunner, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Canyon Towhee, and Rufous-crowned and Blackchinned Sparrows occur year-round. Mississippi Kite, Swainson’s Hawk, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Chihuahuan Raven, and Blue Grosbeak reside here in spring and summer. Rough-legged Hawk, Winter Wren, Mountain Bluebird, Townsend’s Solitaire, and American Tree Sparrow occur 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.

Copper Breaks State Park and Pease River Professional Review and Guide

"This 1,933-acre state park offers camping, picnicking, and hiking and equestrian trails year-round. Fishing is allowed on the 60-acre Lake Copper Breaks, an impoundment on Devil’s Creek. The park, whose name was derived from the copper deposits scattered throughout the area and the rugged, broken terrain, contains a visitor center with exhibits on bison and the Comanche Indians. The park is also home to a Texas longhorn herd. The Pease River is a tributary of the Red River.

Key birds: Virginia Rail, Greater Roadrunner, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Canyon Towhee, and Rufous-crowned and Blackchinned Sparrows occur year-round. Mississippi Kite, Swainson’s Hawk, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Chihuahuan Raven, and Blue Grosbeak reside here in spring and summer. Rough-legged Hawk, Winter Wren, Mountain Bluebird, Townsend’s Solitaire, and American Tree Sparrow occur 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: Crowell
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best Mid-April through June for spring migrants and nesting activities
Local Contacts: Copper Breaks State Park
Local Maps: Texas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme
Driving Directions: Directions to Copper Breaks State Park and Pease River

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May 2018