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Mackenzie Reservoir
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Mackenzie Reservoir Information:
The 896 surface acre reservoir (Lake Mackenzie) was impounded in 1974 on Tule Creek, a tributary of the Prairie Dog Fork of the Red River. It was created as a water source for Floydada, Lockney, Silverton and Tulia, Texas. It has a maximum depth of 150 feet. In May 2008, the first of 5 skeletons of the Equus Scotti, an extinct horse from the Pleistocene era, were discovered on the lake property. The Equus Scotti and other fossils are on display at the lake marina, Mackenzie Bait & Tackle. One of the most beautiful aspects of the lake area is the stunning views of the Tule and Palo Duro Canyons offered on the drive to the lake recreation area. The lake area is closely tied to early Texas history. Colonel Mackenzie and his 4th U.S. Calvary camped in this area before their winning battle against the Comanche in Palo Duro Canyon, ending the Comanche Indian war against the settlers. Fishing, camping, water activities, and ATV and bike riding are favorite lake activities. The Lake Mackenzie Recreation Area was selected by the Quad Off-Road Magazine as the top ATV camping site in Texas, and as one of the top ten ATV camping sites in the nation. All lake visitors must check in at Mackenzie Bait and Tackle. A large metal art cutout of a horse and cowboy is located on the top of a knoll. The artwork was provided by Sybil & Neilson King, former long term RV camp residents. The lake is operated by the Mackenzie Municipal Water Authority. Lake Mackenzie is located 12 miles northwest of Silverton, and 27 miles east of Tulia, Texas on the west side of SH 207.  
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Mackenzie Reservoir ATV Trails Map
Mackenzie Reservoir TPWD Public Access Facilities Map
 
Tule Creek:
The three creek branches are the North, Middle, and South Draws. The North and Middle rise in northeastern Castro County and flow parallel to each other in an east direction for 26 miles to their juncture three miles east of Tulia, Texas. The South Tule Draw rises in Castro County near Nazareth, and flows east to join the main stream. The main Tule Creek Draw then flows through the Tule Canyon to north central Briscoe County where the canyon merges with Palo Duro Canyon and where Tule Creek merges with the Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River. Tule Canyon, though smaller than the Palo Duro Canyon, is known for its beautiful red walls and formations.
 
Archeological Sites at Mackenzie Reservoir:
In 1997 Rick Day, an Andrews ISD teacher, discovered and unearthed a fossilized ancient crocodile like creature. The fossil is believed to be that of a Phytosaur. In May 2008, the first of 5 skeletons of the Equus Scotti, an extinct horse from the Pleistocene era, were discovered on the lake property. The Equus Scotti and other fossils are on display at the lake marina, Mackenzie Bait & Tackle. A Texas Historical Marker at the park entrance reads, “Before this area was covered by Mackenzie Reservoir, evidence of human occupancy was found at 77 recorded archeological sites. The earliest artifacts date back 10,000 years to a bison kill. Prehistoric occupancy is indicated by burial sites, shallow hearths, and stone tools. Gun flints, glass beads, and metal objects confirm 18th century European contact. By 1874 Colonel Ranald S. Mackenzie's 4th Cavalry had driven the Indians from the Tule Canyon area which had been a lush grazing ground for buffalo and antelope. (1979).”
 
Mackenzie Reservoir Directions from Tulia, Texas:
Lake Mackenzie is located 12 miles northwest of Silverton, and 27 miles east of Tulia on the west side of SH 207. From Tulia, take SH 86 East about 28 miles towards Silverton. At the intersection of SH 86 and SH 207, go left (north) on SH 207. Drive approximately 15 miles to the park entrance on your left. From Silverton, take SH 86 West to SH 207 North; follow SH 207 North to the park entrance.