Wallisville Lake

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Wallisville Lake

Texas

(409) 389-2285

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Overview

The Wallisville Lake Project was originally authorized by Congress for five purposes: navigation, salinity control, water supply, fish and wildlife enhancement, and recreation. Unlike most other U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects, Wallisville has no impounded reservoir so the bottomland forests, grasslands, streams, marshes, swamps, and pools are still preserved as natural habitats for a wide variety of fish and aquatic animals. Depending on tides and fish movements, anglers could find marine species one day and fresh species the next. Birds, such as colonial waders, shore birds, waterfowl, songbirds, and raptors call Wallisville home for breeding, wintering, or temporary residence during migration. Mammals large and small find forage and shelter in the grasslands, forests, and swamps. Parks, recreation areas, and the Visitor Center provide opportunities for picnicking, hiking, birding, primitive camping, fishing, canoeing and kayaking, and other activities for visiting families. Fishing can be enjoyed year-round and during waterfowl season hunters can try their luck and aim on the many waterfowl that migrate through the Project.

Map of Wallisville Reservoir

Latitude, Longitude: 29.840942, -94.684296

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Activities

  • Boating

    The Trinity River is navigable by pleasure boats from its mouth and north as far as Liberty, Texas.

  • Bird Watching

    As a Site Partner with the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, the Wallisville Lake Project is recognized as a crucial habitat area for both neotropical migrants and resident avian species. The Trinity River is a major corridor for migration both north and south. The Mouth of the Trinity River Waterbird Rookery hosts 12 species of nesting colonial waterbirds. Both Cedar Hill Park and Hugo Point Park have trails and boardwalk areas for hiking and birding. The JJ Mayes Wildlife Trace is both a driving and walking birder's paradise. Stop by the Visitor's Center at Trinity River Island Recreation Area for maps and information.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    JJ Mayes Wildlife Trace is a four mile all weather road atop the levee along the west bank of the Trinity River. Opened in 2003, the Trace gives visitors a close-up view of the marshes and river bank habitats and many of the wildlife species living within the boundaries of the Wallisville Project. At the lower end of the Trace, a pavilion, restrooms and parking area are available. The Trace is open seven days a week except Thanksgiving and Christmas from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m..

  • Fishing

    Depending on tides, winds, and fish movements, salt water species can be caught one day and fresh water species the next, or maybe even on the same day. The Trinity River record yellow bullhead catfish weighing 66 pounds was caught just north of the I-10 bridge. And bull sharks have been collected also near the I-10 bridge. Redfish cavort in Lost Lake and southern flounder too big to fit in a cooler have been caught near the dam structure. Fishing is allowed just about everywhere on Project waters with the following few exceptions: No fishing is allowed at the Mouth of the Trinity River Waterbird Rookery, off the bridge at the entrance to the Project Office, and off the dam structure. A valid Texas fishing license is required for angles over 17 years old.

  • Hunting

    Hunting on the Wallisville Lake Project is limited to the waterfowl season for ducks and geese. Waterfowl hunting is allowed for licensed hunters on a day-use basis and on a permitted seasonal blind basis. Feral hogs can be taken only by permits issued by Park Rangers.

Directions

Driving

Take I-10 east from Houston to exit 806. Continue on east on the feeder road to the Trinity River Island Recreation Area. Turn right (south) through the gate and drive approximately 2 miles to the Recreation Area. From the Beaumont area, take I-10 west, take exit 807. Continue on west on the feeder road to the underpass. Turn left under I-10 and turn right onto the south feeder road. Turn left (south) at the Trinity River Island Recreation Area. Go through the gate and drive approximately 2 miles to the Recreation Area. The office and visitor center are in the building with the green roof.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(409) 389-2285

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