Hutchinson, Moore
Panhandle Plains
2010 Census - 2,117
2000 Census - 2,235
Fritch, Texas
Fritch Texas History:
In 1924, Rock Island Railroad vice president H.C. Fritch arranged the purchase of the railroad’s right-of-way. After the line was completed in 1933, he established a depot and platted the townsite. Fritch incorporated in 1959. Town growth remained slow until Lake Meredith was impounded on the Canadian River in 1965. Today the town’s economy is based on ranching, farming, the oil and gas industries, and tourism from nearby Lake Meredith and the Alibates Flint Quarries. Comedian Ron White was born December 18, 1956 in Fritch, Texas, and he grew up in Arlington, Texas. Fritch is located mid-lake on the east side of Lake Meredith on SH 136, 37.7 miles northeast of Amarillo, 24.7 miles southwest of Stinnett, and 13.5 miles slightly southwest of Borger, Texas.
Lake Meredith Aquarium and Wildlife Museum:
The museum features an arrowhead display, a playas exhibit, 6 large dioramas of local wildlife in their natural habitats, and 2 aquariums. The museum hosts school tours. Open Mon-Sat, noon-5pm. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated. The museum is located at 104 North Robey Avenue, in front of the water tower.
Hutchinson County Library, Fritch Branch:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Open Mon-Fri, 9am-12:30pm, 1:30pm-5pm. (806) 857-3752. 205 N. Cornell Street. Email
Tio Panchos Mexican Restaurant:
(806) 857-5740. 311 West Broadway Street, 79036. Reviews


Birding - Texas Panhandle Plains Birding Trail:
Miami Loop: Pampa, Miami
Texas Bird Checklist with Photos
Bird Checklist for High Plains & Rolling Plains of Texas
Hutchinson County Bird Checklist with Photos
Lake Meredith NRA Bird Checklist, Fritch
Hutchinson County Ranch Hunts:
Public hunts in Hutchinson County for pronghorn antelope are available through the TPWD. These Private Lands Deer Hunts will take place on private property and will be administered by the landowners with whom TPWD has executed a lease agreement.
Hunt Texas Online Connection:
More than 95% of Texas land is privately owned, making it hard for hunters to find affordable hunting opportunities. The Texas Parks and Wildlife has a huge public hunting program, and has developed a new service to help hunters find hunting places. This new service is provided free by the TPWD. It allows landowners to list available hunting leases or spots that have opened up, and allows hunters to find private hunting leases according to their preferences. 
Hunting, Texas Parks and Wildlife, General Hunting Information
Hunting, Public Hunting on State Lands, TPWD
Hunter Education
Hunting Season by Animal
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Donations
Canadian River:
The Canadian River, the largest tributary of the Arkansas River, rises near Raton Pass in Colorado and near the New Mexico border. It flows south and southeasterly separating the Llano Estacado in northeast New Mexico and northwest Texas from the northern High Plains. The river is approximately 760 miles long; approximately 190 miles of the river are located in Texas. The river enters Texas near the midpoint of the western boundary of Oldham County. It crosses the Texas Panhandle, flowing eastward and northeastward through Oldham, Potter, Moore, Hutchinson, Roberts, and Hemphill Counties. Particularly in its lower reaches in Oklahoma, the riverbed contains great amounts of quicksand; this and the deep gorge make the river difficult to bridge. The North Canadian River, a tributary of the Canadian, rises in New Mexico; it briefly passes through Texas before entering Oklahoma. The mouth of the Canadian River is located on the Arkansas River, 20 miles east of Canadian, Texas in Haskell County, Oklahoma. According to some sources, the river's name came from early explorers who thought that it flowed into Canada. Among the Canadian's principal tributaries in Texas are Big Blue, Tallahone, Red Deer, Pedarosa, Punta Agua, Amarillo, Tascosa, and White Deer Creeks. The Texas portion of the Canadian River is noted for its archeological sites where extensive remains of Pueblo Indian culture have been found. Large collections of artifacts and records from all of the WPA excavations and many other projects are on file at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas. Artifacts from W. C. Holden's early studies and F. E. Green's excavations at sites within the Lake Meredith area are located at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Artifacts from other excavated sites at Lake Meredith are located at the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory, University of Texas at Austin. Small collections and notes from other surveys are on file at the National Park Service office in Fritch, Texas. The river is dammed to form Lake Meredith forty miles northeast of Amarillo, 10 miles west of Burges, and near Fritch, Texas. Fish Stocking History 
Lake Meredith Information: 
The 16,441 surface acre Lake Meredith was formed by the construction the Sanford Dam on the Canadian River. The lake was impounded in 1965. It has a maximum depth of 127 feet. Lake Meredith supplies water to eleven West Texas cities including Amarillo, Borger, Brownfield, Lamesa, Levelland, Lubbock, O'Donnell, Pampa, Plainview, Slaton and Tahoka. Archeological traces of prehistoric Indians, most notably at the Alibates Flint Quarries, dot the lake area. Fritch and the resort communities of Sanford, Lake Meredith Estates and Bugbee Heights, lie just outside the park boundaries. The lake is owned and operated by the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority. The lake and the NRA parklands are located just west of Fritch, and 10 miles west of Borger, Texas.For more complete lake information, go to Lake Meredith Home Page. Lake Location Map  Current Lake Level  Lake Meredith & National Alibates Flint Quarries Map   
Lake Meredith National Recreation Area:
Park activities include hunting, fishing, boating, off-road vehicle use, horseback riding, camping, picnicking and bird watching. The primary NRA activity is boating. Boating permits are required. Daily, three day and annual boating permits may be purchased at area bait shops or at the park headquarters office at 419 East Broadway in Fritch, Texas. Permits are half price for holders of the Golden Age or Golden Access Pass. Boats can be launched at the Sanford-Yake boat ramp located 3.5 miles from Fritch on Fritch Fortress Road. There are no camping or park entrance fees. The remains of Amos McBride’s 1870s stone ranch house are located in McBride Canyon on the southeastern side of the lake. An environmental study area is located adjacent to the house. The NRA is managed by the National Park Service. The lake and NRA are located just west of Fritch, and 10 miles west of Borger, Texas.For more complete NRA information, go to the Lake Meredith NRA Home Page
Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument Information:
Archeological traces of prehistoric Indians' homes, workshops, and campsites dot the entire Canadian River region of the Texas Panhandle, but few sites are as dramatic as Alibates Flint Quarries. Actually an Agatized or silicified dolomite, the flint is distinctive for its many bright colors. This flint comes from a 10-square-mile area around the monument, but most is concentrated on about 60 acres atop a mesa in the heart of the 1,000 acre monument. More than 700 quarries exist where this flint was dug out by hand. Today the quarries are usually round ovals approximately six or more feet in diameter with depressions in the center. Wind and rain have filled the once four to eight foot deep holes with soil. Visiting the flint quarries is by guided tours only. Park Ranger guided tours are available for school groups and individuals. These one mile tours last approximately 2 hours and are offered year round by reservation only. Tours are usually offered daily at 10am and 2pm, weather permitting. Bring drinking water and wear hiking shoes. The visitor center area features a bookstore, a seating area, an orientation film, indoor exhibits, a patio, a 10 minute hiking trail, and an interpretive garden. The park hosts the Junior Ranger program, and hosts flint-knapping demonstrations several times a month. The park staff has developed three traveling trunks which include a mammal trunk, an insect trunk and a water trunk. These trunks may be checked out by area schools located within 80 miles of the park. Park rangers will also visit schools. Volunteers are needed. The site is managed by Lake Meredith. It is located adjacent to the Lake Meredith NRA. For more complete information, go to the Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument Home Page. From Fritch drive 10 miles south on SH 136. Go west on McBride Canyon/Alibates National Monument Road and drive to the Alibates Visitor Center.
Learn to Camp at Texas Parks & Wildlife State Parks' Outdoor Family Camping Workshops:
Theseworkshops are family camping sessions designed to teach camping skills to those who do not know how to camp; everything is provided from tent to broom. Gear includes a coffee pot, dishes, cooking pots, a camp stove, a battery operated fan and lantern, air mattresses, and a tent. Basic skills taught include pitching a tent, making a campfire, cooking on a propane camp stove, geocaching and using a GPS. Wildlife viewing, fishing and kayaking are available depending on the park and its facilities. After making reservations, families will be sent a packet of information which includes a grocery list. Those interested in this program may sign up for E-Mail Updates on Currently Scheduled Workshops. (512) 389-8903. Calendar