Gulf Coast
Lake Texana
Lake Texana Information:
Construction on the Lake Texana Palmetto Bend Dam and spillway on the Navidad River began in 1973. Because of legal challenges the dam was not completed until May, 1980. The lake and recreation areas opened to the public in 1981. The 9,272 surface acre lake has 125 miles of shoreline, and a maximum depth of 58 feet. The lake was named after the town of Texana, established in 1832 near the junction of the Navidad and Lavaca rivers. Texana was inundated when the lake was impounded. The Lavaca-Navidad River Authority manages the lake and over 7,000 acres of land around the lake. This authority owns the Brackenridge Plantation Park, Campground and Lake Texana Marina, the Mustang Primitive Campground, eight public boat ramps, and three fishing areas. These facilities were leased to the Gulf Bend Mental Health/Mental Retardation Center in June, 1990. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department manages the Lake Texana State Park. The lake is located on U.S. 59, 8 miles east of Edna. Lake Texana Location Map  Current Lake Level  TPWD Public Access Facilities Map   Photos  
Navidad River:
The Navidad River rises at the confluence of the East and West Navidad Rivers and Middle Creek two miles east of Schulenburg. It flows southeast for seventy-four miles to its mouth on the Lavaca River below Lake Texana in southernJackson County. The East Navidad River rises north of Freyburg in southern Fayette County and flows nineteen miles east and south to join the West Navidad River just northwest of Oakland in northeastern Lavaca County. The west branch rises south of Farm Road 609 and east of Muldoon, Texas in southern Fayette County and flows south and east for twenty miles to its junction with the east branch. Middle Creek rises between the two branches southeast of Freyburg near the junction of Farm Roads 956 and 2672, in southern Fayette County, and flows eight miles before joining the East Navidad near the Southern Pacific Railroad line southwest of Weimar. After the three branches unite, the Navidad River meanders southeast through the coastal plains, largely parallel to the Lavaca River, across eastern Lavaca and central Jackson Counties, to form Lake Texana seven miles east of Edna. The remains of an old steamer are located at the junction of the Navidad and the Lavaca rivers. The upper reaches of the Navidad are narrow and often filled with log jams. The river is not spring-fed and depends on runoff for its flow, giving it limited recreational use except in periods of heavy rainfall. The Lavaca and Navidad Rivers are managed by the Lavaca-Navidad River Authority.
Texana Presbyterian Church, 1859:
The 1859 Presbyterian Church, the oldest public building in Jackson County, was moved intact from the town of Texana, when most of its Texana members moved to Edna in the 1800s. It has been restored, and was moved to Brackenridge Park Campground on SH 111, approximately 6.5 miles east of Edna on Lake Texana. Tours are available. The church is available for private events. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is a Texas Historic Landmark.
Texana Park & Campground:
This former 575 acre state park is No. 020 on the Texana Birding Loop. Park amenities include 141 RV with full or partial hookups. Tent campsites are available throughout the park. Some campsites are located lakeside and others are located underneath the oak trees. All sites have a picnic table, fire ring, and a BBQ grill. Some sites are pull through. Tent camping is permitted in the RV sites. The park is managed by the Lavaca-Navidad River Authority, and is located on SH 111 south, approximately 7 miles east of Edna, Texas. (361) 782-5718.   
Brackenridge Park & Campgrounds and Marina, 274 Acres:
The park is located on Lake Texana. Park amenities include security gates, a marina, a boat ramp, covered boat slips, a fish cleaning station, a fishing pier, picnic tables and BBQ grills, a playground, restrooms, a designated swimming beach, hike and bike trails, a nature trail, a historic trail, sand volleyball courts, a basketball court, a 9-hole miniature golf course, an 18-hole disc golf course, a reservable picnic pavilion, the reservable elevated gazebo, an equestrian trail with horse pens, a paintball course, a softball field, soccer fields and a concession stand. The campground features 134 campsites with full or partial hookups. All sites have a picnic table, a BBQ grill and a fire ring. Tent campsites have water and electric hookups. Additional camping amenities include dump stations and four ADA compliant restrooms with showers. Two of the restrooms have washers and dryers and a pay phone. Air-conditioned, two bedroom cabins with queen beds are available for rental. Each cabin features a bathroom, living area with queen size sleeper sofa, television & DVD player, a kitchen with cook top, microwave/convection oven combination, dishwasher, disposable kitchen towels, pots & pans, dishes, flatware, and basic cooking utensils. Sheets and limited bath towels are available; bring your own pillows and blankets. One cabin is ADA compliant. The Hafernick Recreation Center amenities include a park store, the park check-in office, the Brackenridge game room, a kitchen, a 300 person capacity auditorium and the 20 person capacity Navidad Meeting Room. The reservable Marina Building is located lakeside. The Brackenridge Plantation Home and cistern, the 1856 Cemetery, and the reservable 1859 Texana Presbyterian Church are located onsite. The church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places; tours are available. Amenities at the John Adams Brackenridge Plantation homesite include the original 32,000 gallon cistern and the historic family cemetery dating back to 1856. A 4 foot wide by 10 foot high solid granite monument is located in the cemetery. On each side of the monument is a written history of a family member. The cemetery is surrounded by a stone wall, and is located in the park on the historic trail. The home was destroyed in an 1899 fire. The park is #21 on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, and is one of the best sites for birding. The park is owned and operated by the Lavaca-Navidad River Authority. (361) 782-5456. The Brackenridge Park entrance is located across SH 111 from the Lake Texana State Park at 891 Brackenridge Parkway, approximately 6.5 miles east of Edna. Campground Email   
Devers Creek Park, 575 Acres, Ganado:
Amenities at this day use park include a reservable picnic pavilion, picnic tables and BBQ grills, two playgrounds, an exercise station, two fishing piers, two nature trails, a covered basketball pavilion, softball and baseball fields and parking. The picnic pavilion features restrooms and a kitchen. The park is owned by the Ganado ISD. (361) 771-2232. The park is located on Lake Texana, adjacent to the Indian Stadium and Indian Field at the intersection of East Devers Avenue and 7th Street.
Mustang Wilderness Campground, 250 Acres, Ganado:
This wooded Lake Texana shoreline area features 28 primitive campsites with fire rings, a parking lot and a boat ramp. Vehicles are prohibited in the park. There are no reservations. Call the LNRA for camping permits. The park is owned and operated by the Lavaca-Navidad River Authority. (361) 782-5456. From Edna, take U.S. 59 East 8 miles to Ganado. Take Loop 521 for one mile, then take FM 2982 2.2 miles to CR 249. Drive 0.5 miles to the entrance. Facilities Map