Lake Meredith National Recreation Area

Fritch, Texas

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Lake Meredith is in the geographic center of the Texas Panhandle. The 45,000-acre national recreation area offers extensive recreational opportunities, from boating and fishing to birding and backcountry hiking. Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument, situated along the south-central edge of the recreation area, contains extensive quarries that were worked by prehistoric peoples, perhaps 11,500 years ago. Several associated ruins are found throughout the dual areas and range in age from historic cabins to a few paleosites. Key birds: Golden Eagle, Scaled Quail, Chukar, Greater Roadrunner, Rock and Canyon Wrens, Curve-billed Thrasher, and Rufous-crowned Sparrow are present year-round. Mississippi Kite, Swainson’s Hawk, Virginia Rail, Burrowing Owl, Red-headed Woodpecker, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, and Cassin’s Sparrow occur in summer. Common Goldeneye; Common Merganser; Ferruginous and Rough-legged Hawks; Bald Eagle; Long-eared Owl; Mountain Bluebird; Townsend’s Solitaire; American Tree, Fox, 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.

Lake Meredith National Recreation Area Professional Review and Guide

"Lake Meredith is in the geographic center of the Texas Panhandle. The 45,000-acre national recreation area offers extensive recreational opportunities, from boating and fishing to birding and backcountry hiking. Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument, situated along the south-central edge of the recreation area, contains extensive quarries that were worked by prehistoric peoples, perhaps 11,500 years ago. Several associated ruins are found throughout the dual areas and range in age from historic cabins to a few paleosites.

Key birds: Golden Eagle, Scaled Quail, Chukar, Greater Roadrunner, Rock and Canyon Wrens, Curve-billed Thrasher, and Rufous-crowned Sparrow are present year-round. Mississippi Kite, Swainson’s Hawk, Virginia Rail, Burrowing Owl, Red-headed Woodpecker, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, and Cassin’s Sparrow occur in summer. Common Goldeneye; Common Merganser; Ferruginous and Rough-legged Hawks; Bald Eagle; Long-eared Owl; Mountain Bluebird; Townsend’s Solitaire; American Tree, Fox, 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."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Fritch
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best May and June for spring migrants and nesting activities, and November to March for winter birds
Local Contacts: Lake Meredith National Recreation Area
Local Maps: Texas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Meredith National Recreation Area

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May 2018