What to do in Lake Texana State Park

Lake Texana State Park is 575 acres, east of Edna, in central Jackson County, halfway between Houston and Corpus Christi. The park was acquired by a 50-year lease agreement with the Bureau of Reclamation/Lavaca-Navidad River Authority in 1977 and was opened in September 1981. The park is located on Lake Texana, a reservoir on the Navidad River, which covers 11,000 surface acres, with approximately 125 miles of shoreline.

Lake Texana was named for the historic town of Texana, founded in 1832, near the junction of the Navidad and Lavaca rivers downstream from the present dam site.

The park is located in the flat Gulf Coast Vegetational Region, but the majority of the park land consists of mixed oak and pecan woodlands associated with the Navidad River. White-tailed deer, squirrels, rabbits, armadillos, and raccoons are numerous. Alligators are found in the park coves and should not be approached or fed. Popular fish include crappie, catfish, and white bass.

The park is open 7 days a week year-round. There is a 2 p.m. checkout for overnight guests and the entrance gate is closed by 10 p.m. and opened by 8 a.m. The busy season is March through November.

Lake Texana State Park offers visitors a variety of outdoor recreational activities, with the majority of them being water based i.e. fishing, swimming and boating amongst others

Blue catfish and largemouth bass are the most popular sport fish in the reservoir. Blue catfish are abundant with frequent reports of large stringers. Flathead and channel catfish also provide noteworthy fisheries. White bass provide excellent angling opportunities in the Navidad and Sandy Creek channels during the cooler months and in the main reservoir near the dam during summer. Hybrid striped bass are usually found with schools of white bass in the deeper portions of the reservoir. Although crappie fishing can be tough in the summer, respectable catches are not uncommon during the spring.

Facilities include restrooms with and without showers; a 1.5 mile hiking/nature trail (including a .3-mile granite gravel surface meeting ADA requirements); picnic sites (tables, grills, and water faucet nearby); campsites with water hookup; campsites with water and electricity hookup (special rates are available during the off season); a Nature Center and Interpretive Area for special programs; a group picnic area with a pavilion; an amphitheater; lighted fishing piers; a fishing jetty; a double boat ramp; playgrounds; a trailer dump station; and fish-cleaning facilities on piers and near boat ramp.

Nearby points of interest within 100 miles include Port Lavaca State Fishing Pier; Brazos Bend, Matagorda Island, and Palmetto State Parks; Goliad State Historical Park; Coletto Creek Reservoir (operated by the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority); Aransas National Wildlife Refuge; and the Gulf Coast.

Camping fees vary; entrance fee. For reservations, call 512/389-8900. Current conditions including fire bans and water levels can vary from day to day. For more details, call the park or Park Information at 1-800-792-1112.

Activities include camping; boating; water skiing; jet skiing; sailing on the main lake; canoeing; picnicking (tree-shaded tables and grills); lake swimming (no designated area or lifeguard); hiking; good birding; and fishing. Additionally Interpretive programs are available for groups by special arrangements. Summer interpretive programs are held on Saturday mornings and afternoons. Topics vary; contact the park for details.

Lake Texana State Park is situated within the Gulf Coast region of Texas. The park is located 6.5 miles east of Edna on State Highway 111.

Lake Texana State Park is located at an elevation of 187 feet. Temperatures within the park range from an average July high of 98 degrees with a SE breeze. Whereas January's average low is 40 degrees. Spring usually has the wettest months. The First/last freeze are December/April. Current weather conditions can vary from day to day. For more details, call the park or Park Information at 1-800-792-1112.

P O Box 760
Edna, TX 77957-0760

Phone: 361/782-5718

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