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  • Quanah COC
    (940) 663-2222

Baylor Lake/Childress Lake
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This site is open for day use only.

In Childress, take US 287 north 4.7 miles to Loop 328 and head west. At 1.7 miles take FM 2466 west/left for 2.2 miles. Turn left at the stop sign and follow the signs to the lake. Check the wetland along the edge of the road on the way to the lake for flycatchers in summer.

This site provides opportunities to view waterfowl during the winter and shorebirds during migrations. Common Loons have been seen on both lakes during spring. To reach Childress Lake, continue straight out of Baylor Lake onto the dirt road, which runs into Childress Lake.

(940) 937-2102

Latitude: 34.4735
Longitude: -100.3748

Matador Wildlife Management Area
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This site is open for day use only.
An entrance fee or donation may be required.

In Childress, turn south on US 83. Follow US 83 23.4 miles to FM 3256, turn right and go 2.6 miles. Register at the office on the left. Access is restricted to 4-wheel-drive vehicles after heavy rains. Signs are posted on roads where 4-wheel-drive vehicles are required.

Encompassing 28,183 acres, the Matador offers a variety of habitats including mesquite uplands, shinnery oak rangelands, gravelly hills with redberry juniper and mesquite and bottomlands. Wildlife species occurring in the area include Western Diamondback Rattlesnake, Western Massasauga Rattlesnake, Texas Horned Lizard, Ornate Box Turtle, Mule and White-tailed Deer, coyotes, bobcats and wild hogs. Less common species sighted in the area include javelina. Best locations for birdwatchers include the South Pease (Tongue) River, Middle Pease River, Cow Hollow Creek and O.X. Creek. Common birds include Northern Cardinal, Mississippi Kite, Bobwhite Quail, Rio Grande Turkey, Northern Mockingbird, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Bullock’s Oriole, Lark Sparrow, Painted Bunting, Black-crested Titmouse, roadrunner and Mourning Dove. Less common birds include Vermilion Flycatcher, Pyrrhuloxia and Blue Grosbeak. Contact area personnel for a copy of the WMA’s bird list.

(806) 492-3405

Latitude: 34.1584
Longitude: -100.4184

Copper Breaks State Park
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This site is open daily, and developed camping is available at the site.
An entrance fee or donation may be required.

In Paducah turn left on TX 70 to Crowell, 36.3 miles. Turn north/left on TX 6 for 8.9 miles and enter the state park on your left.

This 1,900-acre park features rugged, scenic beauty with mixed grass/mesquite-covered mesas and juniper breaks. Comanche heritage is interpreted at the state park, and the picnic area shelters are shaped to look like tipis. Copper Breaks Lake, Big Pond, several natural ponds and a marsh at one end of the reservoir provide a variety of water habitats. Birds of prey are here throughout the year, and flycatchers and Western Kingbird can be seen along the road in summer. Migratory flocks of House Finch and Red-winged and Yellow-headed Blackbirds can be found as well as Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Mississippi Kite, Swainson’s Hawk and the evening avi-show of nighthawks. Less commonly seen species such as Eastern Phoebe, Painted Bunting and Yellow-billed Cuckoo have also been sighted here. Most species of mammals in the park are best viewed during the early morning and late evening hours. Most common are White-tailed Deer, rabbits, raccoons, armadillos, opossums, bobcats, porcupines, beavers and coyotes. Numerous frogs, turtles, lizards and an occasional Texas Horned Lizard can be seen.

(940) 839-4331

Latitude: 34.1113
Longitude: -99.7431

3 Rivers Foundation - Comanche Springs Astronomy Campus
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This site is open for day use only.

Located just South of Highway 70 between Paduach and Crowell is the Comanche Springs Astronomy Campus of the 3 Rivers Foundation for the Arts and Sciences. From Hwy 70, turn onto FM 654. Travel approximately 4.8 miles on FM 654. You will cross two cattle guards on FM 654. Just past the second cattle guard crossing, make a left into the double gate and arrive at our main campus.

Comanche Springs Astronomy Campus near Crowell, TX is a great place to go birding or wildlife watching. The campus has several maintained hiking trails that wind through the areas on the campus and allow you to view birds in all seasons. The spring wildflower biodiversity is also amazing, with many seed producing plant species to support northern bobwhite quail. Originally, the campus was set up for dark sky astronomy viewing, but has expanded to include nature and wildlife conservation. The campus is on the migration routes for sandhill cranes as well as Monarch butterflies. Access to water areas provides a refuge for many wildlife species including white-tailed deer, North American porcupine, raccoons, bobcats, and coyotes can be heard howling nightly nearby.

(940) 684-1670

Latitude: 33.9958
Longitude: -99.9549

Truscott Brine Lake
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This site is open for day use only.

From Crowell, head south on TX 6 25.5 miles and turn right on FM 1756 West. Go 2.6 miles, turn right on CR 2600 and continue straight onto CR 2631 for 1.4 miles to the entrance of the lake.

The best place to view wintering ducks or other birds on this large, salty lake is behind the headquarters. It is an excellent place to scope for rarities such as loons and scoters in winter. The combination of dead snags in the reservoir, blue water and red soil provides a beautiful backdrop for dawn and sunset photography. Deer, bobcats, wild hogs and other mammals are also commonly seen on the site.

(940) 474-3293

Latitude: 33.7886
Longitude: -99.8444