Lake Texana and Lake Texana State Park

Edna, Texas

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Lake Texana, named for the historic town of Texana which was drowned by the reservoir, extends approximately 18 miles up the Navidad River valley above Palmetto Bend Dam (completed in 1980). The reservoir, intended as a municipal and industrial water supply, contains a surface area of about 11,000 acres with about 125 miles of shoreline. It has become a popular recreation (especially fishing and boating) site that can be crowded on weekends and holidays. The Brackenridge Plantation (across SH 111 from the park entrance) maintains a campground, nature trail, a marina, and two lighted fishing piers. Lake Texana State Park (575 acres) is a popular area for wildlife watching; white-tailed deer and eastern fox squirrels are abundant; alligators and numerous other wild creatures are common. The park also has a 1.9-mile nature trail that runs along the northwestern edge of the campground, providing a good perspective on the area’s oak-hackberry environment. Key birds: Neotropic Cormorant, White and White-faced Ibis, Blackbellied Whistling-Duck, Wood and Mottled Ducks, White-tailed Hawk, Crested Caracara, and Pileated Woodpecker are present yearround. Mississippi Kite, Purple Gallinule, Groove-billed Ani, Scissortailed Flycatcher, Painted Bunting, and Dickcissel occur in summer. Western Grebe; American White Pelican; Greater White-fronted, Snow, and Ross’s Geese; Osprey; Bald Eagle; Merlin; and Sandhill Crane can usually be found in winter.

Lake Texana and Lake Texana State Park Professional Review and Guide

"Lake Texana, named for the historic town of Texana which was drowned by the reservoir, extends approximately 18 miles up the Navidad River valley above Palmetto Bend Dam (completed in 1980). The reservoir, intended as a municipal and industrial water supply, contains a surface area of about 11,000 acres with about 125 miles of shoreline. It has become a popular recreation (especially fishing and boating) site that can be crowded on weekends and holidays. The Brackenridge Plantation (across SH 111 from the park entrance) maintains a campground, nature trail, a marina, and two lighted fishing piers. Lake Texana State Park (575 acres) is a popular area for wildlife watching; white-tailed deer and eastern fox squirrels are abundant; alligators and numerous other wild creatures are common. The park also has a 1.9-mile nature trail that runs along the northwestern edge of the campground, providing a good perspective on the area’s oak-hackberry environment.

Key birds: Neotropic Cormorant, White and White-faced Ibis, Blackbellied Whistling-Duck, Wood and Mottled Ducks, White-tailed Hawk, Crested Caracara, and Pileated Woodpecker are present yearround. Mississippi Kite, Purple Gallinule, Groove-billed Ani, Scissortailed Flycatcher, Painted Bunting, and Dickcissel occur in summer. Western Grebe; American White Pelican; Greater White-fronted, Snow, and Ross’s Geese; Osprey; Bald Eagle; Merlin; and Sandhill Crane can usually be found in winter."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Edna
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best April-May for spring migrants & nesting activities; November-March for waterfowl, hawks, Bald Eagle, & Sandhill Crane
Local Contacts: Lake Texana State Park
Local Maps: Texas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Texana and Lake Texana State Park

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