Canyon Lake Gorge gives guided tours of the rock strata, which is more than 100 million years old and has fossils and a set of dinosaur footprints.
All around the lake are hiking, biking, and equestrian trails for public use. 306 West, New Braunfels, TX 78130, Phone: 210-964-3341 Sam Rayburn Reservoir opened in 1965 after an extensive project by the U. Army Corps of Engineers to build a dam to prevent the flooding of the Angelina and Neeches Rivers and to provide drinking water for nearby communities.
Day use visitors may use the picnic tables and boat slips, and they are welcome to enjoy recreational activities on the water.
The park is a remnant of the once-great Texas plains, and visitors can walk through its tall grass prairie and seek shade under groves of live oak and blackjack oak.
Address: 3901 State Park Road 33, Caddo, TX 76429, Phone: 940-549-1803 Lake Whitney State Park is located along the eastern shores of the lake, which is a flood-control reservoir on the Brazos River.
Opened in 1965, the park is an excellent location for fishing and for spotting wildlife and birds; 195 species of birds have been spotted here, and include wild turkeys, bald eagles, egrets, ibis, hawks, falcons, woodpeckers, brown pelicans, bluebirds, and kestrels.
The dam was erected for flood control and for recreation, and the lake named for Lady Bird Johnson, former first lady of the United States and long-time Austin resident.
The lake is surrounded with hotels and apartment blocks, but there are also plenty of parks, including Auditorium Shores on its south side where open-air concerts are performed, and Zilker Park, Austin’s largest park from which canoers, kayakers, and rowers can launch.
On land, keen-eyed visitors may see white-tailed deer, foxes, coyotes, and bobcats.
The park has campsites, screened-in shelters, and group facilities.
The lake runs through east Texas into the evergreen forests of Sam Houston National Forest. Army Corps of Engineers dammed the river to provide flood control and formed eight parks around the lake that are still in use by visitors and locals wishing to swim, go boating, camp, or have a picnic next to a pristine lake with great views of the surrounding hills.
The fishing in Lake Conroe is excellent, with good-sized largemouth, white, and striped bass, bluegill, and channel catfish. Davis Street, Conroe, TX 77304, Phone: 936-788-8302 Canyon Lake is a reservoir on the Guadalupe River in the lovely Texas Hill Country. There are boat ramps in the Comal Country portion of the lake, and excellent fishing for largemouth, striped, and white bass as well as catfish.
Catch in the lake includes largemouth, striped, and white bass, channel and blue catfish, and white crappie.