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Brownwood Bulletin

Visitors Guide 2017

Lake Brownwood

Lake Brownwood is an artificial lake on the Pecan Bayou and Jim Ned Creek, 70 miles southeast of Abilene and about 10 miles north of Brownwood. The surface area is 6,490 acres with a drainage area of 1,535 square miles. The lake’s normal capacity is 118,900 acre-feet with a maximum capacity of 448,200 acrefeet. The spillway elevation is 1,425 feet. Work on the dam began in 1931 and the deliberate impoundment of water began in July 1933. A survey of the watershed of the lake revealed that two years of normal rainfall were needed before the lake would fill, but on July 3, 1932, torrential rains caused Pecan Bayou and Jim Ned Creek to pour flooding waters into the lake, filling it to a level of 150,000 acre-feet and covering more than 7,000 acres of land in six hours. With nearly 100 miles of shoreline and 537 acres available for recreation, activities include picnicking, camping, hiking (2.5 miles of hiking trails and a 0.5-mile nature trail), boating (motors allowed), water skiing (jet skis allowed), fishing, nature study, swimming (in an unsupervised swimming area), and bird-watching. For additional information, visit tpwd.texas.gov/stateparks/lake-brownwood. Lake Brownwood is also home to Lake Brownwood State Park, located at 200 State Highway Park Road 15. PADDLING TRAILS A peaceful stretch of the Pecan Bayou, a slow moving body of water that can be paddled in either direction. • Trail Length: 3.2 - 7.2 miles • 3.2-mile loop upriver and back • 4-mile loop downriver to the dam and

Lake Brownwood location 200 State Highway Park Road 15 Lake Brownwood, TX 76801 Latitude: 31.856987 Longitude: -99.028641 (325) 784-5223

Lake Brownwood back • Float Times: 1-3 hours HEART OF TEXAS WILDLIFE TRAIL Spillway/Dam Overview: From the intersection of SR 279 and FM 2125/Stonecreek Circle in Brownwood, go north on FM 2125 for 6.5 miles to the stop sign. Turn right at the stop sign (the name changes to Spillway Rd.). Follow this road 0.4 mile to the dam. Park by the historical marker and follow the short, wooded trails to the lake. Return to Spillway Rd. and drive to the end of the dam. On the right is the parking lot for lake patrol. Park on this hilltop for a cliff-side view of the lake and the spillway. The short, wooded trails south of the

dam are densely vegetated with hackberry, pecan and some oak. Eastern Phoebe, Belted Kingfisher and White-eyed Vireo occur here. Look for herons and egrets yearround, and in the winter look for gulls, ducks and terns. The oak-mesquite brush can be productive for birds. Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Western and Eastern Kingbirds and Scissor-tailed Flycatcher can also be seen. Lake Brownwood State Park: The park is located 16 miles northwest of Brownwood on TX 279. Take TX 279 to PR 15, then head east on PR 15 for 6 miles. Located on Lake Brownwood, a 7,300-surface-acre reservoir, the park offers a variety of outdoor activities, camping and lodging. Visitors can enjoy an atmosphere of rustic beauty and tranquility with miles of shoreline where wildflowers, White-tailed Deer, ducks, raccoons, armadillos, squirrels and a variety of birds can be observed in a natural setting. Many structures in use today were constructed with timber and native rock found in the park by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the early 1930s.

— Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

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