Addicks and Barker Reservoirs

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Addicks and Barker Reservoirs

Texas

(281) 497-0740

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Overview

The 26,000 acres of the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs is located approximately 17 miles from downtown Houston and lies entirely within the boundaries of the City of Houston. The Reservoirs contain the largest municipal park in the United States and provide a unique recreational experience for the metropolitan area. The Reservoirs contain facilities for golf, hiking, picnicking, field sports, horseback riding, shooting ranges, model airplane flying, a velodrome and other activities.

Authorized by the Rivers and Harbors Act of June 20, 1938, and modified by the Flood Control Acts of August 11, 1939; September 3, 1954; and October 27, 1965, Addicks and Barker Reservoirs is a flood damage reduction project in the Galveston District. Addicks and Barker Reservoirs prevent downstream flooding of Buffalo Bayou in the City of Houston. The construction cost of over four million dollars appears small when compared to the giant savings which have resulted. Since its completion in 1945, the project has prevented flood damages estimated to be in excess of $16 million.

Map of Addicks Dam

Latitude, Longitude: 29.770405, -95.651764

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Activities

  • Bird Watching

    Quails, doves, rabbits, woodpeckers, and a large variety of songbirds can be seen on almost any day of the year in the open land habitat. It is not unusual to see a large variety of ducks in the wetland habitat.

  • Bicycling

    The park has a trail open to bicycles.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is available on the banks of Buffalo Bayou.

  • Golfing

    A 54 hole golf course is available at Addicks Reservoir in Bear Creek Park. Park office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except for holidays.

  • Hiking

    There are many miles of scenic trails at Addicks and Barker reservoirs.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback riding trails are available in Bear Creek Park.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic areas are maintained at the various park facilities and provide tables and a few charcoal grills for the public. In addition, picnic shelters are provided with picnic tables and grills at Bear Creek, George Bush, and Cullen parks.

  • Wildlife Watching

    A large portion of the reservoir lands are undeveloped and sustain a diverse ecosystem and biodiversity. Diverse wildlife is abundant, and walks through the reservoirs uncover many of the interesting, fascinating and amusing sides of Mother Nature. Three major wildlife environments, open land, woodland, and wetland, can be found in the reservoirs. Quails, doves, rabbits, and a large variety of songbirds can be seen on almost any day of the year in the open land habitat. The wary observer may catch a glimpse of the many varieties of woodpeckers, a raccoon, or even a white-tailed deer in the woodland habitat. Plus, it is not unusual to see a large variety of ducks in the wetland habitat. Many types of reptiles and amphibians are present, as well as many colorful wildflowers.

Directions

Driving

West of Houston, along I-10 at TX6.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(281) 497-0740

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