Bardwell Lake

Quick Facts

Bardwell Lake

Texas

(972) 875-5711

Map Directions

Things To Do

Overview

Built in 1963-65 to provide flood control and water conservation, Bardwell Lake is 5.4 miles long and 1.2 miles wide. It has 3,570 acres of water and 3,918 acres of land. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operates three campgrounds and one day-use park on Bardwell Lake. With six boat ramps, three picnic grounds, and three swim beaches operated by the Corps, and a privately run marina, there are ample opportunities to enjoy the outdoors at Bardwell Lake.

Map of Bardwell Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 32.324987, -96.684668

READ MORE

Activities

  • Boating

    Bardwell Lake has boat ramps at five parks. These boat ramps are of concrete construction with four lanes. Courtesy docks are available at most of the boat ramps. Swimming in the vicinity of the courtesy docks is prohibited. Fishing is not allowed from the courtesy docks or boat ramps. A "No Wake" zone is enforced for boat ramps. Some boat ramps are available year-round while others are closed during the winter. All boat ramps, except Little Mustang Creek Park, require a small fee or possession of an annual pass for access.

  • Camping

    Camping is permitted only at designated sites. Each individual campsite is restricted to no more than ten persons and two camping structures. Only one of the structures may be a recreational vehicle, travel trailer, pop-up camper, etc. For example, campers may have two tents or one tent and one recreational vehicle, but a recreational vehicle and a travel trailer may not occupy the site at the same time. Vehicles parked at a campsite should not exceed the physical limitations of the site. Overflow parking areas are provided in each park for extra vehicles

    Tents Pitch tents on a tent pad if one is available at the campsite. Tents may be directly on the ground if a pad is not provided. Campers are asked to refrain from digging trenches in the ground or placing pegs into any blacktop or paved surfaces.

    Night Entry or Exit to Parks Most parks have controlled entrance gates that are closed to incoming traffic between 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM.

    Length of Stay Maximum stay at one or all of the parks at any one lake is 14 days in a 30-day period.

    Check-out Time Checkout time for single family camp sites is 2:00 PM. Checkout time for overnight group camping at the pavilions in Mott and Waxahachie Creek parks is 9:00 AM.

  • Fishing

    Due to the presence of a wide variety of fish in Bardwell Lake, the type of recreational fishing opportunities is most often restricted only by the anglers personal preference. Many local fishermen consider Bardwell Lake as one of the best kept secrets in the state. Although the largemouth bass caught from these waters may not win a state record, bass fishermen seldom leave empty-handed. Crappie fishing at Bardwell Lake is considered moderate with most of the success for catching this species at either High View Marina, under the State Highway 34 bridge or in Waxahachie and Mustang creeks during spawning. Fishing for catfish is usually excellent, especially when the lake elevation is gradually rising. The lake has the previously mentioned marina with fishing piers. Two of the piers are enclosed for the convenience of customers during inclement weather. No special rules or regulations pertaining to size restrictions or bag limits are in effect at Bardwell Lake. Anglers only need to make certain that all fishing activities are in compliance with applicable state laws and avoid any posted restricted areas.

  • Hiking

    Tonkawa Trail- Almost a mile in length, Tonkawa Trail provides easy access to the various components of Buffalo Creek Wetland. It is named for a tribe of native Americans that inhabited this part of Texas many years ago. A four to six inch layer of crushed granite provides a firm, all-weather, universally accessible surface for persons to see many of the plants and animals that were so essential to the native Americans, pioneers and early settlers that previously occupied the region. Plenty of parking space is provided near the trail entrance on the north side of Bardwell Dam Road very near the east bank of Waxahachie Creek. Four observation shelters, strategically placed along the trail, provide an excellent opportunity to observe or photograph some of the plants and/or animals that live at Buffalo Creek Wetland or they may simply serve as a nice shady place to sit, relax and rest before finishing the hike.

    Waxahachie Trail- A dense upper canopy of bottomland hardwood trees covers most of the journey along the short nature trail in Waxahachie Creek Park, with a small segment skirting the edge of an adjacent open range site. The three tiers or layers of forest vegetation are easily observed in this relatively undisturbed bottomland hardwood forest and local schools have used the trail extensively to illustrate the function and benefits of this type of ecosystem. Many species of native plants and animals may be viewed while walking quietly along the trail. The trail entrance is conveniently located near the picnic area for persons wanting to go for a relaxing walk after enjoying a meal at Waxahachie Creek Park.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is allowed at Bardwell Lake from September 1 through March 31 as published in the Texas Outdoor Annual for this county. Game that can be hunted is dove, squirrel, rabbits, waterfowl, and feral hogs. Hunting of feral hogs permitted only north of State Highway 34 by use of archery or by shotguns with slugs. Dogs will not be used for hunting of feral hogs.

  • Picnicking

    High View Park has a small day use area.. It has ten picnic sites with covered tables which may be used on a first-come, first-served basis from 6 a.m until 9 p.m. Water and electricity are not supplied to these sites. Drinking water is available from fountains or faucets at various locations in the park.

    Love Park does not charge a fee for picnicking. It has twenty picnic sites with covered picnic tables which may be used on a first come - first served basis from 6:00 AM until 9:00 PM. Water and electricity are not supplied to these sites. Drinking water is available from fountains or faucets at various locations in the park.

    Waxahachie Creek Park has thirteen picnic sites with covered picnic tables which may be used on first-come, first-served basis from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. at no charge. Water and electricity are not supplied to these sites. Drinking water is available from fountains or faucets at various locations in the park.

  • RVing

    Please contact the park for camping availability and rates.

  • Water Sports

    Please contact the park for information on water sports.

Directions

Driving

Bardwell Lake Headquarters

To Bardwell Lake Headquarters Office, from Dallas head south on I-45 towards Houston. Head 36.4 miles to exit 247, US-287 North/Congressman Joe Barton Parkway towards Waxahachie/ Ft.Worth. Head north 3.4 miles to Ensign Rd. Turn left and go 1.5 miles to Observation Dr. Turn right on Observation Dr. and go 1.5 miles to the Bardwell Lake Headquarters Office.

Love Park Swim Beach

To Love Park Swim Beach and Boat Ramp, from Dallas head south on I-45 towards Houston. Head 36.4 miles to exit 247, US-287 North/Congressman Joe Barton Parkway towards Waxahachie/ Ft.Worth. Head North 3.4 miles to the Kaufman/Italy exit that leads to intersection of Texas State Highway 34. Left on highway 34 heading southwest .2 miles to Lake View road. Turn left on Lake View and follow 2 miles to the intersection of Beach Road. Go straight on Beach road .04 miles to the Love Park entrance.

High View Park

To High View Park campground and marina, from Dallas head south on I-45 towards Houston. Head 36.4 miles to exit 247, US-287 North/Congressman Joe Barton Parkway towards Waxahachie/ Ft.Worth. Head North 4.1 miles to the Kaufman/Italy exit that leads to intersection of Texas State Highway 34. Turn Left on highway 34 heading southwest 2.4 miles to High View Road. Park is located .03 miles at the end of the road.

Waxahachie Creek Park

To Waxahachie Creek Park, from Dallas head south on I-45 towards Houston. Head 36.4 miles to exit 247, US-287 North/Congressman Joe Barton Parkway towards Waxahachie/ Ft.Worth. Head North 4.1 miles to Kaufman/Italy exit that leads to intersection of Texas State Highway 34. Turn Left on Highway 34 heading southwest 2.9 miles to Bozek Rd. Turn right on Bozek Road. Park is 1.5 miles at the end of Bozek road.

Mott Park

To Mott Park from Dallas head south on I-45 towards Houston. Head 36.4 miles to exit 247, US-287 North/Congressman Joe Barton Parkway towards Waxahachie/ Ft.Worth. Head North 4.1 miles to Kaufman/Italy exit that leads to intersection of Texas State Highway 34. Left on Highway 34 heading southwest 4.9 miles to FM 985. Turn left on FM 985, go 1.4 miles , Mott Park will be on the left.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(972) 875-5711

Campground reservations

(877) 444-6777

Links