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Lake Meredith National Recreation Area

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Contrasting spectacularly with its surroundings, Lake Meredith lies on the dry and windswept High Plains of the Texas Panhandle in a region known as Llano Estacado, or Staked Plain. Lake Meredith was created by Sanford Dam on the Canadian River and now fills many breaks whose walls are crowned with white limestone caprock, scenic buttes, pinnacles, and red-brown, wind-eroded coves.

Above lies the mesquite, prickly pear, yucca, and grasses of arid plains. And up the sheltered creek beds stand cottonwoods, soapberry, and sandbar willows. The National Park Service administers the recreation area under a cooperative agreement with Bureau of Reclamation. Lake Meredith serves the area as popular water recreation area.

   

CONTACTS

Email - rhonda_terry@nps.gov

Fax- 806-857-2319

Write to
P.O. Box 1460
Fritch, TX 79036

- or -
419 E. Broadway
Fritch, TX 79036

Phone
Visitor Information - (806) 857-3151
Headquarters - (806) 857-3151

TRAVEL BASICS

Operating Hours, Seasons
Administrative Offices: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Park open 24 hrs.

Getting There
PLANE - Amarillo International Airport is located in Amarillo south of the park.

CAR - Multiple access points exist for Lake Meredith. Visitors from Amarillo may take either highway 136 north or Highway 287 north.

Weather & Climate
Four Seasons: Cool and rainy to hot and dry Winter lows: 0 - 10 degrees F, Summer highs: 95 - 105 degrees F, Annual rainfall: 20 inches

Accessibility
Wheelchair ramps available at some boat ramps. Park headquarters and some comfort stations handicapped accessible.

Contact the park for more information.

Getting Around
Multiple access points and roads exist within the park. Maps available from park headquarters. Driving on established dirt roads allowed within the park. Off road vehicle use allowed only in the creek bed at Big Blue Creek off road area or in Rosita off road vehicle area.



CAMPING

Blue Creek Bridge
Open All Year
No designated sites, however there are chemical toilets and picnic tables. This area is one of two designated off-road vehcile use areas. Off-road vehicles however, are restricted to the creek bed. No water or RV hookups available. No camping fees. NOTE: All riders of 3 & 4 wheelers MUST wear a DOT approved safety helmet and eye protection.

Blue West
Open All Year
Blue West campground is on the north side of the lake off Highway 1913. Individual campsites have picnic tables, shade shelters and some grills. Vault toilets, no drinking water or RV hookups. Access to the lake shoreline is difficult from this site: however, a public boat ramp is located nearby. Blue West campground is seldom full. There is an excellent view of the lake from this campground. No camping fee.

Bugbee
Open All Year
A popular location with shoreline fishermen, Bugbee is a semi-developed camping area with no individual campsites. Some picnic tables and an 'outback' chemical toilet are provided. Camping availability changes with fluctuating lake levels. No water, RV hookups or camping fee.

Cedar Canyon
Open All Year
Cedar Canyon a shoreline campground is fairly small, located off Sanford-Yake road. There are no designated camping sites, availability varies as lake level fluctuates. A comfort station with running water and flush toilets is located in the boat ramp parking lot. Restrooms open seasonally, no RV hookups or camping fee. RV dump station located at the head of the Cedar Canyon entrance road. The possession and consumption of alcohol is prohibited at Cedar Canyon.

Fritch Fortress
Open All Year
Beautiful views from this bluff location make this an attractive campground. Individual campsites have picnic tables, shade shelters and grills. Comfort station with running water and flush toilets opened seasonally. No RV hookups, RV waste dump station nearby. No camping fees. Public boat ramp nearby.

Harbor Bay
Open All Year
This shoreline campground is located just outside the community of Fritch, Texas. Harbor Bay has no indivudual camp sites. Camping availability varies greatly with rising and falling lake levels. Harbor Bay becomes extremely crowded on summer holiday weekends. The access road is blacktop, but the camping area can become soft during rainy conditions. Chemical toilets located near the public boat ramp. Some picnic tables are provided. No RV hookups, RV waste dump station nearby. No camping fees.

McBride Canyon
Open All Year
No designated camping sites. No access to the lake from this campground. Beautiful area, with huge cottonwood trees shading the picnic tables. Chemical toilet, no water available. No RV hookups or camping fee. Dirt road can become impassable during and after rain.

Mullinaw
Open All Year
Located southwest of the McBride campground, Mullinaw campgound has undeveloped sites with picnic tables and chemical toilets. No water availale, no RV hookups. Horseback riding allowed, corrals available for horse camping groups. No camping fee.

Plum Creek
Open All Year
This area contains some large shade trees and is quite popular with hunters and horseback users. No designated camping spots. This undeveloped area has chemical toilets and picnic tables, no water, RV hookups or camping fee. Hitch rails and horse pens are provided. Devil's Canyon Trail is for the beginner to experienced horseback rider. The trail is also used by hikers and mountain bikers.

Rosita
Open All Year
Located along the Canadian River, Rosita is one of two off-road vehicle use areas and a horseback riding area. There are a few chemical toilets, and picnic tables, -no drinking water. No designated camping sites, camping fee or RV hookups. NOTE: All riders of 3 & 4 wheelers and morotcycles MUST wear a DOT approved safety helmet and eye protection.

Sanford-Yake
Open All Year
This campsite is located on a spectacular bluff overlooking Lake Meredith near the marina, on the Sanford-Yake Road. The campground is simular to the more traditional National Park Service campgrounds. Individual campsites have picnic areas, shade shelters and grills. There is one central comfort station with running water and flush tiolets, which is open seasonally. No camping fees or RV hookpus. A RV waste dump station nearby. A public boat ramp is located at the Marina.

Spring Canyon
Open All Year
Designated campsites with picnic tables, shade shelters, grills and chemical toilets. No RV hookups or camping fee. The possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited. Swimming at your own risk is popular at the shallow end of the Stilling Basin. NO LIFEGUARD SERVICE PROVIDED. Spring Canyon experiences heavy day use on holiday weekends spring through summer. Vehciles are NOT allowed off designated roadways.

FACILITIES

Ranger Stations
PARK HEADQUARTERS
Open All Year 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F
Phone - (806) 857-3151
Location - 419 E. Broadway, Fritch TX 79036
Closures - Closed on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President's Day, Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year holidays. Open on weekends for boat permit sales from April through Labor Day.
Exhibits - none
Available Facilities - Southwest Parks and Monuments Association bookstore sells a wide variety of titles covering the history and natural history of the Texas Panhandle.

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Lake Meredith National Recreation Area.
 Campgrounds Near Lake Meredith National Recreation Area:
Lake Meredith National Recreation Area - Fritch Fortress, Fritch, 2 miles away
Lake Meredith National Recreation Area - Harbor Bay, Fritch, 3 miles away
Lake Meredith National Recreation Area - Cedar Canyon, Sanford, 3 miles away
Lake Meredith National Recreation Area - Blue West, Fritch, 4 miles away
Lake Meredith National Recreation Area - Bugbee, Fritch, 4 miles away
Lake Meredith National Recreation Area - Sanford Yake, Sanford, 4 miles away
Lake Meredith National Recreation Area - Chimney Hollow, Fritch, 5 miles away
 Hotels Near Lake Meredith National Recreation Area:
Hampton Inn - Suites Borger TX, Borger , 13 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites BORGER, Borger , 13 miles away
Best Western Borger Inn, Borger , 13 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Amarillo Airport, Amarillo , 27 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites AMARILLO EAST, Amarillo , 27 miles away
La Quinta Inn & Suites Amarillo Mid City, Amarillo , 27 miles away
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites, Amarillo , 27 miles away
 Public Lands Near Lake Meredith National Recreation Area:
Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument, Fritch - TX , 0 miles away
Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Texas , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Lake Meredith National Recreation Area:
Borger Golf Course, Borger , 10 miles away
Phillips Country Club, Borger , 13 miles away
Borger Country Club, Borger , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Lake Meredith National Recreation Area
Lake Meredith, Hutchinson County , 5 miles away

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