Alcoa Lake and Granger Lake

Rockdale, Texas

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Alcoa Lake is a private warm-water lake (cooling pond) owned by the Aluminum Company of America. It is bordered on two sides by the processing plant and open-pit coal mines. Birders must check in immediately upon arrival at the security office, located near the administration building; watch for signs directing visitors to security. Key birds: Neotropic Cormorant, Wood Duck, Wild Turkey, and Greater Roadrunner are present year-round. Anhinga, Least Bittern, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Chuck-will’s-widow, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Painted Bunting, and Dickcissel occur in spring and summer. Western Grebe, American White Pelican, American Bittern, Bald Eagle, Mountain Plover, Burrowing Owl, McCown’s and Chestnutcollared Longspurs, and Rusty Blackbird can sometimes 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.

Alcoa Lake and Granger Lake Professional Review and Guide

"Alcoa Lake is a private warm-water lake (cooling pond) owned by the Aluminum Company of America. It is bordered on two sides by the processing plant and open-pit coal mines. Birders must check in immediately upon arrival at the security office, located near the administration building; watch for signs directing visitors to security.

Key birds: Neotropic Cormorant, Wood Duck, Wild Turkey, and Greater Roadrunner are present year-round. Anhinga, Least Bittern, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Chuck-will’s-widow, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Painted Bunting, and Dickcissel occur in spring and summer. Western Grebe, American White Pelican, American Bittern, Bald Eagle, Mountain Plover, Burrowing Owl, McCown’s and Chestnutcollared Longspurs, and Rusty Blackbird can sometimes 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: Rockdale
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best April-May for spring migrants and nesting activities; November to mid-February for Bald Eagle & winter gulls, terns, & field birds
Local Contacts: Alcoa Aluminum Company;
Local Maps: Texas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme
Driving Directions: Directions to Alcoa Lake and Granger Lake

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