Waco Lake

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Waco Lake

Texas

(254) 756-5359

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Overview

The flood threat to the city of Waco and downstream portions of the Brazos - combined with the need for conservation storage to save millions of gallons of water that were wasted, led local citizens to seek a new reservoir. Through their efforts, Congress authorized the project for construction by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Construction on current Waco Lake Dam began in 1958 and was completed in 1964. Waco Lake provides a water supply to the citizens of Waco and surrounding areas. Waco Lake offers fishing, camping, and boating activities. Points of interest include Cameron Park, fourth largest municipal park in the U.S., and the Nation's oldest suspension bridge (1870) still in operation.

Map of Waco Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 31.569835, -97.189934

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Activities

  • Boating

    Waco Lake has a total of 11 public boat ramps and 3 marinas. A fee or annual pass is required to launch water craft at Waco Lake.

  • Camping

    Waco Lake has 4 campgrounds, Airport Park, Reynolds Creek Park, Midway Park, and Speegleville Park. Lake Waco has RV, tent and group camping facilities. Camping is permitted in designated areas only. A complete copy of all rules and regulations can be obtained at each park and at the Waco Lake Office. Not all campsites have easy access to the lake due to location or land constrictions.

  • Fishing

    There are over 51 species of fish which inhabit Waco Lake. The most common species include largemouth bass, white bass, crappie, channel catfish, blue catfish and yellow catfish.

  • Hiking

    Lake Waco offers great hiking and biking trails, the most well known is the dam trail which expands the length of the dam. The trail expands approximately two miles.The Waco dam trail includes three entrances, Lake Shore trail head, Middle hike and bike, off Airport Road, and Skeet Eason trail head off Skeet Eason Road. All entrances include water fountains, trail information and rest area. Other trails include Tejas Nature Trail, which is located within Reynolds Creek Park , and Lacy Point provides the public with approximately 20 miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding and bicycling. Lacy Point trails are open not only to humans, but leashed animals as well. The Waco Bike Club and Texas Equestrian Trail Riders Association also help maintain this facility. In 2010, Lacy Point Trail was recognized in the National Recreations Trail system.

  • Horseback Riding

    Lacy Point provides the public with approximately 20 miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding and bicycling. These trails are open not only to humans, but leashed animals as well. The Waco Bike Club and Texas Equestrian Trail Riders Association also help maintain this facility. In 2010, Lacy Point Trail was recognized in the National Recreations Trail system.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is allowed for dove, squirrel, rabbits, spring turkey (gobblers only), feral hogs, waterfowl, and deer. A computer drawing is held to determine eligible hunters.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is encouraged.

  • RVing

    Waco Lake has RVing sites. Camping is permitted in designated areas only.

  • Water Sports

    Water sports include fishing and boating.

Directions

Driving

From I35 exit on HWY 6 heading towards Meridian. HWY 6 will take you directly across Waco Lake.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(254) 756-5359

Campground reservations

(877) 444-6777

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