Lake Arrowhead and Lake Arrowhead State Park

Wichita Falls, Texas

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The Little Wichita River was dammed to form Lake Arrowhead in 1965, primarily as a water supply for the city of Wichita Falls. The 13,500-acre lake offers a number of recreational activities, including fishing, boating, and swimming. The area is located on the eastern edge of the Rolling Plains, characterized by rolling grasslands that have since been invaded by mesquite and other woody plants. The vast majority of the area is privately owned. The state park is located at the northwest portion of the lake and features a number of hiking and equestrian trails, as well as a Bluebird Trail, where several nest boxes have been installed to attract Eastern Bluebirds. Key birds: Red-headed Woodpecker and Golden-fronted Woodpecker are present year-round. Neotropic Cormorant, Swainson’s Hawk, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Bell’s Vireo, Painted Bunting, Dickcissel, and Grasshopper Sparrow occur in summer. American White Pelican; Bald Eagle; Merlin; Hooded, Common, and Red-breasted Mergansers; Sandhill Crane; and Fox and Harris’s Sparrows can usually be found in winter.

Lake Arrowhead and Lake Arrowhead State Park Professional Review and Guide

"The Little Wichita River was dammed to form Lake Arrowhead in 1965, primarily as a water supply for the city of Wichita Falls. The 13,500-acre lake offers a number of recreational activities, including fishing, boating, and swimming. The area is located on the eastern edge of the Rolling Plains, characterized by rolling grasslands that have since been invaded by mesquite and other woody plants. The vast majority of the area is privately owned.

The state park is located at the northwest portion of the lake and features a number of hiking and equestrian trails, as well as a Bluebird Trail, where several nest boxes have been installed to attract Eastern Bluebirds. Key birds: Red-headed Woodpecker and Golden-fronted Woodpecker are present year-round. Neotropic Cormorant, Swainson’s Hawk, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Bell’s Vireo, Painted Bunting, Dickcissel, and Grasshopper Sparrow occur in summer. American White Pelican; Bald Eagle; Merlin; Hooded, Common, and Red-breasted Mergansers; Sandhill Crane; and Fox and Harris’s Sparrows can usually be found in winter."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Wichita Falls
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best April to late May for spring migrants and nesting activities
Local Contacts: Lake Arrowhead State Park
Local Maps: Texas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Arrowhead and Lake Arrowhead State Park

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