Brazos River Nature Center (South)

Leased Fishing Access
Brazos River downstream from Lake Whitney

Rock beach and water looking upstream

Located on the east bank of the Brazos River in Gholson, northern McLennan County. See map.

Lease extends through September 30, 2017
Latitude: 31.698643
Longitude: -97.270316

Area Description

This 53-acre property provides 1,863 feet of river frontage for bank and wade fishing. Amenities include potable water, picnic tables and restrooms. The area serves as a take-out for anglers paddling from upstream river access areas.

This site is 5 miles downstream from the leased fishing access area at Brazos River Nature Center (North). It's 11 miles downstream of Dick's Canoes and the FM 2114 bridge crossing and 19 miles downstream of Riverside Park just below the Lake Whitney Dam. BRNC (South) is approximately 16 miles upstream of public river access areas near Cameron Park in Waco, associated with the Bosque Bluffs and Brazos Bridges Paddling Trails.

Special Conditions on Public Use

A daily per-person access fee will be charged. Angler access is available during daylight hours and is restricted to designated trails and parking areas. No fires are permitted, other than the use of gas cook stoves. Advance reservations and advance fee payments are required, and must be made through the Brazos River Nature Center. Contact the center for a fee schedule and additional information.


From Dallas/Fort Worth/Austin
Take I-35 to the town of West. Turn west onto FM 1858 and travel approximately 10 miles toward the town of Gholson. When FM 1858 intersects FM 933, turn left onto FM 933 and then (immediately) turn right onto westbound FM 1858. Directions continued below - see "In Gholson."

From Waco
Take FM 933 north approximately 12 miles to the town of Gholson. Continue north approximately 1 mile past the Gholson Country Store, then turn left onto westbound FM 1858. Directions continued below - see "In Gholson."

In Gholson
From intersection of FM 933 & West FM 1858, go west on FM 1858 approximately 0.4 miles to a "T" intersection of West FM 1858 and Wesley Chapel Road (Gholson Volunteer Fire Dept. on right). Turn right onto Wesley Chapel Road, go 0.1 mile then turn left onto Hamilton Drive (Gholson School on left). Continue on Hamilton Drive approximately 2.5 miles to the entrance of the Brazos River Nature Center (South), located on the right side of Hamilton Drive.

Angling Opportunities

Fishing opportunities abound in this segment of the Brazos River for largemouth, spotted, and smallmouth bass. TPWD stocked smallmouth bass in 2008, 2009, and 2011. Natural reproduction was documented in 2012, and reports of sizable smallmouths are on the rise. Channel catfish were stocked in 2007 and should be plentiful in the deep pools. The white bass run in February and March can be quite good, and the occasional striped bass will surprise an angler. Jigs and small spinners are very effective when concentrations of fish are located.

Anglers are encouraged to practice moderation in harvesting sportfish in this stretch of river, especially smallmouth bass. Environmental events such as drought and golden alga blooms can have long-term effects on fish populations. Overharvest during or after these events is a real concern.

Fishing Regulations

All species are currently managed under statewide regulations.