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Panhandle Plains

The Panhandle Plains of Texas comprise the southern end of the Great Plains of the central United States. Soils vary from coarse sands along outwash terraces adjacent to streams, to tight clays and shales. Soil reaction is neutral to slightly alkaline. Caliche generally underlies these surface soils at depths of two to five feet. Home to the pronghorn antelope, badger, and prairie dog.
Gene Howe WMA (2 tracts) Matador WMA Playa Lakes WMA - Taylor Lakes Unit Playa Lakes WMA - Armstrong and Dimmitt Units Yoakum Dunes WMA Panhandle Plains

Wildlife Management Areas and Available Recreational Activities
Name Acres Activities
Gene Howe WMA 5,394 Bicycling Camping Equestrian Fishing Hiking Hunting Wildlife Viewing
Matador WMA 28,183 Camping Driving Equestrian Fishing Hiking Hunting Wildlife Viewing
Playa Lakes, Taylor Lakes Unit 530 Hiking Hunting Wildlife Viewing
Playa Lakes, Dimmitt Unit 422 Hunting
Playa Lakes, Armstrong Unit 160 Wildlife Viewing
Yoakum Dunes WMA 14,037