Fort Parker State Park

Mexia, Texas

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The 1,485-acre Fort Parker State Park contains 735 acres of rolling hills and the 750-acre Lake Fort Parker (also known as Springfield Lake), created by a dam on the Navasota River. The reservoir has over a mile of shoreline, two lighted fishing piers, and a concrete boat ramp. Key birds: Wood Duck, Wild Turkey, and Red-headed Woodpecker are present year-round. Anhinga, Chuck-will’s-widow, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Prothonotary Warbler, and Indigo Bunting occur in summer. Hooded Merganser; Bald Eagle; American Woodcock; and Grasshopper, Fox, and Harris’s Sparrows can usually be found in winter.
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by Roland H. Wauer & Mark A. Elwonger (Falcon Guides)

The 1,485-acre Fort Parker State Park contains 735 acres of rolling hills and the 750-acre Lake Fort Parker (also known as Springfield Lake), created by a dam on the Navasota River. The reservoir has over a mile of shoreline, two lighted fishing piers, and a concrete boat ramp.

Key birds: Wood Duck, Wild Turkey, and Red-headed Woodpecker are present year-round. Anhinga, Chuck-will’s-widow, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Prothonotary Warbler, and Indigo Bunting occur in summer. Hooded Merganser; Bald Eagle; American Woodcock; and Grasshopper, Fox, and Harris’s Sparrows can usually be found in winter.

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Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Mexia
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best April and May for spring migrants and nesting activities.
Local Contacts: Fort Parker State Park
Local Maps: Texas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme
Driving Directions: Directions to Fort Parker State Park

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