Benbrook Lake

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Benbrook Lake

Texas

(817) 292-2400

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Overview

Benbrook Lake is located in the scenic open countryside of rolling hills and prairie meadows southwest of Fort Worth, Texas. Conveniently accessible from the Fort Worth / Dallas metroplex, the lake is only 2.5 miles (4 km) south of Interstate Highway 20 on US Highway 377. Construction on the lake began in May 1947, and was practically completed when floodgates were closed and deliberate impoundment was begun in September 1952. The cost to build the lake was fourteen million five hundred thousand dollars. The rolled-earth embankment is 9,130 feet in length, including the concrete spillway, and rises 130 feet above the streambed to an elevation of 747 feet above sea level. A pair of 6.5 by 13-foot sliding gates operated by electric cable hoists controls the floodwater releases through the 13-foot diameter conduit. Two 30-inch diameter pipes are provided for low-flow releases to maintain downstream river flows. The concrete spillway for uncontrolled releases is 500 feet long, with a 100-foot notch in its center.

Picnicking, camping, fishing, hunting, boating, hiking and birdwatching are just the beginning of the activities available in the parks and other public lands at Benbrook Lake. Nearby Fort Worth also offers the attractions of an annual stock show and rodeo, a lovely botanical gardens and zoo, and two world reknowned museums, the Amon Carter and Kimball Art Museums.

Map of Benbrook Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 32.691663, -97.421878

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Activities

  • Boating

    Benbrook Lake has boat-launching ramps in all parks and at both marinas. These boat ramps are concrete and have from one to three lanes. Courtesy docks are available at several of the ramps. Fishing is not allowed from the courtesy docks. A low speed "No Wake" zone is enforced for all boat ramps. Boat ramps are available year round, however if the lake level falls too low, ramps may not be usable.

  • Camping

    Benbrook Lake offers camping in several different park areas. Camping is permitted only at sites in the designated park campgrounds, and is not allowed in any other areas. Campsites with utility hookups are available in Holiday Park and the Bear Creek Campground of Mustang Park. Table sites without utilities are found in the Mustang Point Campground of Mustang Park and Rocky Creek Park. Mustang Point also allows primitive camping away from the designated table sites. Westcreek Cicrle offers primitive camping in a limited-development setting.

    Each individual campsite is restricted to no more than eight persons and 1 RV (motorhome, travel trailer, pop-up camper, etc.). Number of tents is not limited, provided they stay within the limits of the campsite. 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.

  • Fishing

    Benbrook Lake provides many excellent fishing opportunities, especially with its urban location. Texas Parks and Wildlife stocks the lake every few years and Benbrook was one of the first Texas lakes to be stocked with Florida-strain largemouth bass in the early 1980s. The lake record for largemouth bass is over thirteen pounds. White bass, hybrid white/striped bass, crappie, channel and flathead catfish, sunfish, carp and buffalo are abundant in the lake. Spring runs of white bass and hybrids up the river and creek channels especially provide the chance to take fish from the shoreline.

  • Hiking

    Hiking is permissible in many areas around Benbrook Lake and 3 developed trails.

  • Horseback Riding

    Part of the Nation Trails System, Benbrook Lake offers a 14-mile equestrian trail, with trailheads in Dutch Branch Park, South Holiday Park, and Westcreek Circle, while passing through North Holiday Park. Equestrian camping is allowed on Site 65 in Sough Holiday Park, and throughout Westcreek Circle.

    An additional 10 miles of trails are located in Rocky Creek Park. These trails are for day-use trips only, and camping is not allowed anywhere along the trails. The trailhead is located just outside the Rocky Creek Park gatehouse.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is allowed for dove, quail, turkey, squirrel, rabbits, waterfowl, and deer from September 1 through January 25. The number of applicants is limited and hunters are encouraged to call the lake office for details. Deer and turkey hunting is by archery only. A computer drawing is held to determine the hunters for each season. Other game may be hunted with a shotgun, but no shot larger than #2 may be used or carried. Sport chasing is prohibited. Tree stands are restricted to portable non-bark penetrating stands only and must be removed after each hunting permit period. All persons seeking a permit should contact the Benbrook Lake office for permit instructions.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is allowed anywhere on the lake, except in the campgrounds and in prohibited areas such as near the boat launching ramps. Open spaces, lake shoreline, picnic tables and fire rings are located in all the parks.

  • RVing

    Contact the park for RV information.

  • Water Sports

    Water sports available by season; contact the park for more information.

Directions

Driving

From Interstate Highway 20 / 820, take exit 429A for US Hwy 377, go 2.5 miles southwest to the lake. The Corps of Engineers Lake Office is then 2 miles east on Winscott Road and Lakeside Drive. There are lake access points further south on US Hwy 377, and also east on Farm to Market Road 1187 on the south side of the lake.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(817) 292-2400

Campground reservations

(877) 444-6777

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