Seeking to determine the first transcontinental railroad route to the Pacific, Lt. Amiel Weeks Whipple headed a survey of the 35th parallel in 1853. He described the Canadian River valley in his diary: "Turkeys congregate under the dark green foliage of scattered copses . . . an agreeable contrast to the pale red that is spread over the landscape of river and plain."
Today's hunters can still harvest turkey and other game here. The Bureau of Reclamation impounded the Canadian River in 1965, creating Lake Meredith. The lake's depth has fallen greatly since 1973, when it was recorded at 101 feet, but the park remains an oasis. It is a haven for anglers, campers, hikers, and mountain bike and horseback riders, as well as hunters.
Have Fun Safely in the Canadian River Breaks
Seeking fun and excitement? Studying American Indian history? Whatever your reason for visiting, expect challenging terrain and conditions. Be prepared for extreme weather in any season.
Check the local weather forecast. • Wear or bring appropriate safety and protective equipment. Know how to use ithunting, boating, fishing, swimming, scuba diving, camping, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, or off-roading. Check the park websites for required safety equipment. • Build campfires only in designated areas; grasses will carry fire with little to no wind. Monitor campfires and make sure they are completely extinguished when you leave.
Come prepared. Use good judgment. Pay attention. Your safety is your responsibility.
LAKE MEREDITH NATIONAL RECREATION AREA is open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm; closed most federal holidays. No entrance fee.
CAMPING is free with a 14-day limit; no showers or hookups.
HIKING, MOUNTAIN BIKING, AND HORSEBACK RIDING TRAILS are available. Check with a ranger for current trail status.
BOATING fees are charged. All State and federal regulations apply.
HUNTING is allowed in season with Texas state license. The park offers the largest public hunting lands in the Texas Panhandle.
FISHING is allowed with Texas State license. Visit the park headquarters and website for more information.
ACCESSIBILITY We strive to make our facilities, services, and programs accessible to all. For information check the park website.
REGULATIONS Federal laws protect all natural and cultural features in the parks. • For firearms regulations see our website.
EMERGENCIES CALL 911
Source: NPS Brochure (2014)
Brochures ◆ Site Bulletins ◆ Trading Cards
Archeological Assessment of Lake Meredith National Recreation Area (C. Britt Bousman, May 1974)
Geologic Map of Lake Meredith NRA and Alibates Flint Quarries NM, Texas (G.K. Eifler, Jr. and V. E. Barnes, 1969)
Geologic Resources Inventory Report, Lake Meredith National Recreation Area and Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument NPS Natural Resource Report NPS/NRPC/GRD/NRR-2015/146 (K. KellerLynn, September 2015)
Herpetofauna of Lake Meredith National Recreation Area and Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument and the Vicinity (Potter, Hutchinson, and Moore Counties, Texas) Museum of Texas Tech University Occasional Paper No. 274 (Michael Patrikeev, June 9, 2008)
National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form
McBride Ranch House (David G. Battle, February 1974)
Natural Resource Condition Assessment, Lake Meredith National Recreation Area/Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument NPS Natural Resource Report NPS/SOPN/NRR-2016/1124 (Kimberly Struthers, Patricia Valentine-Darby, Nina Chambers, Allyson Mathis, Donna Shorrock, Robert E. Bennetts and Tomye Folts-Zettner, January 2016)
Paleontological Resources of Lake Meredith National Recreation Area and Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument, West Texas New Mexico Geological Society Guidebook, 52nd Field Conference (Adrian P. Hunt and Vincent L. Santucci, 2001)
Protecting the National Parks in Texas Through Enforcement of Water Quality Standards: an Exploratory Analysis NPS Technical Report NPS/NRWRD/NRTR-94/18 (Ronald A. Kaiser, Steven E. Alexander and J. Porter Hammitt, November 1994)
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Last Updated: 28-Feb-2022