Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center

Park entrance has moved to 14140 Garrett Rd.  

Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center

Things to Do

The primary activities at the lake unit are fishing and wildlife observation. Sheldon Lake is open every day to public fishing with appropriate licenses. Boats must not exceed headway speed while operating on the lake; they may be launched at the south boat ramp on Pineland Road. Bank fishing is permitted year-round.

Activities at the State Park and Environmental Learning Center include group programming, birding, wildlife/nature study, hiking, and fishing for children. The park (open daily) includes a 0.5-mile self-guided nature trail that passes 28 naturalized ponds that contain alligators and other wildlife. (Binoculars are recommended for best viewing.) Free catch-and-release family fishing is permitted for children accompanied by adults, in the two fishing ponds. Alternative energy technologies and green building techniques (photovoltaic, solar hot water, wind turbine and ground coupled-geothermal) are demonstrated at the Pond Center. A wildscape demonstration garden shows techniques for using native plants and wildflowers to attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife to your backyard. A composting demonstration area shows easy means of recycling household leaves and grass.

John Jacob Observation Tower: One of the newest park features, this 82-foot tower allows visitors to see incredible unobstructed panoramas of the surrounding wetland and lake, the park’s restored prairie, and even the downtown Houston skyline and the San Jacinto Monument - each 15-plus miles away in opposite directions. The lofty tower views can be accessed via a solar-powered elevator or stairs, leading to two observation decks. This unique tower was funded almost entirely by private donations, and is named in honor of former Anheuser Busch executive John Jacob.

Ranger Programs 

Tours/Programs:  The Sheldon Lake Environmental Learning Center (15315 Beaumont Highway at Park Road 138) offers a variety of nature and ecology programs to organized groups on a reservation basis. Park staff and volunteers provide programs on nature/ecology, nature walks, catch-and-release fishing in two stocked ponds (fishing poles provided), pond ecology, native plant gardening, hunter education, composting and recycling. Programs range in time from one to two hours each. Without special arrangements, group size is limited to 50 children. Teachers and chaperones must accompany the group in at least a 1-to-10 ratio.

Volunteer Opportunities

For information on volunteer opportunities at Sheldon Lake, contact the park at (281) 456-2800. Go to the Volunteer Opportunities page for information on the many volunteering options available at state parks and historic sites.

Area Attractions

Nearby attractions include the San Jacinto Battleground Historic Complex, which consists of the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, the San Jacinto Monument, and the Battleship Texas State Historic Site; Lake Houston Park; NASA's Johnson Space Center; Mercer Arboretum; Houston Zoological Gardens; and the Houston Museum District.

First Day Hike at this park on January 1, 2015

14140 Garrett Rd
Houston, TX 77044

Latitude: 29.868455

Longitude: -95.168196

(281) 456-2800

Entrance Fees
  • No Entrance Fee: Free
Hours

Open daily.
Gates open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Hours extended to 7 p.m. on weekends from April through October.

The lake, its banks, and levees are open daily from dawn to dusk.

Office Hours
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Busy Season

Spring, summer and fall

Climate

January average low is 46 degrees. July average high is 93 degrees. Average rainfall is 42.6 inches.

National Weather Service forecast for this area
Elevation

41 to 50 feet

Social Media

Back to Top
Back to Top