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Waco, Texas 76712
John Tibbs, Biologist
Fort Parker State Park Lake
Location: South of Mexia on Texas Highway
Surface area: 725 acres
Maximum depth: 6 feet
Lake Level: Available at State Park office
Fluctuation: 1-2 feet
Normal Clarity: Very turbid
Reservoir Controlling Authority
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Fort Parker State Park
Route 3 Box 95
Mexia, Texas 76667
Lotus, cutgrass, bulrush
Predominant Fish Species
Available at the park office (254) 562-5751
Being located within a state park, this lake is regulated as a Community Fishing Lake.
Fort Parker Lake is not known as a great fishing hole, but there are some good opportunities. Management and stocking efforts to improve the fishery have met with limited success for some species. Years of flooding from the muddy Navasota River have taken a toll on this otherwise scenic lake, which has become severely silted in since impoundment in 1935. The upper 2/3 of the reservoir is not navigable by boat most of the time. The lower 1/3 has a maximum depth of about 9 feet due to a dredging operation in the 1990s.
The lower third of the reservoir is ringed with shoreline vegetation but little other cover is present. The upper 2/3 often has lotus or other emergent vegetation in dense stands, but shallow water limits its usefulness to fish. In 2016, TPWD worked with a local volunteer group to install crappie condos to provide cover for fish. See online fish attractor map | Get coordinates in downloadable files
Fishing for blue and channel catfish is quite good, and occasionally large blue catfish can be caught from shore in the vicinity of the campground. The crappie population is also very good, although they can sometimes be hard to find, traveling between the main lake and the Navasota River. The largemouth bass population is relatively low in numbers, but there are some quality fish to be found in the lower end of the lake. White bass can be caught from shore just downstream of the dam during the spring run if water conditions are good. Contact the park for current conditions.