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Lake Mexia Information:
This 1,048 surface acre lake was impounded on the Navasota River in 1961. The maximum depth is 20 feet. Lake amenities include a marina, a park and a public boat ramp. Predominant fish species include largemouth bass, white bass, crappie, and channel and blue catfish. The lake is managed by the Bistone Municipal Water District andis located 7 miles west of Mexia. Take U.S. 84 to FM 2681. TPWD Public Access Facilities Map  Current Lake Level 

Navasota River:
This 125 mile long river rises northeast of Mount Calm in southeastern Hill County and flows southeast, crossing Limestone County and serving as the county line between Leon and Robertson, Madison and Brazos, and Brazos and Grimes Counties before reaching its mouth on the Brazos River, six miles southwest of Navasota in southwestern Grimes County. The river is dammed at various points to form Lake Mexia, Springfield Lake (Fort Parker State Park), Joe Echols Lake, Lake Groesbeck, Lake Limestone and Martin Lake. River tributaries include Big, Little Cedar, Sand, Bowman, Panther, and Holland Creeks. Navasota, Texas is located on a bend in the river in Grimes County. Numerous archeological sites have been found along the river, which served early settlers as an access route into the area.
 
Booker T. Washington Emancipation Proclamation Park at Comanche Crossing:
The Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves in the pro-slave states was issued by President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War on January 1, 1863. This proclamation applied immediately to areas already controlled by Federal forces, and was applied to other Confederate areas as those areas were subdued and came under Federal control. Union General Gordon Granger read the Emancipation Proclamation freeing Texas slaves in Galveston, Texas on June 19th (Juneteenth), 1865. Over the next several months the news spread throughout Texas and slaveholders freed their slaves. Freedmen began celebrating Juneteenth and used these celebrations to teach freed African Americans about their rights, including voting rights. These annual celebrations quickly expanded throughout the state, with many of them formally organized by Juneteenth committees. In 1898, the Echols family and other descendants of black slaves established the park by purchasing 30 acres on the Navasota River at a site known as Comanche Crossing. The waters of Lake Mexia have reduced the park to 20 acres. The park is used throughout the year. Amenities include a picnic pavilion, picnic areas, restrooms and campsites. The park is used throughout the year and is the site of the annual six day Limestone County Juneteenth Celebration. The celebration features a parade, a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, live music and singing, dancing, religious services, food booths, fishing, games, and camping. Camping is free. The park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Lake Mexia Marina & Campground:
Amenities include 11 campsites with water and electric hookups, restrooms with showers, a trailer dump station, a picnic area, a boat ramp, a courtesy dock, boat trailer parking and concessions. Open year round; no fees apply. (254) 562-2387. The boat ramp is located on FM 2681, off U.S. 84 West, 7 miles southwest of Mexia.
 
Lake Mexia Public Boat Ramp:
Amenities include a boat ramp, parking, courtesy docks, and camping. No fee; open year round. This boat ramp is operated by the Bistone Municipal Water District. (254) 562-5922. The boat ramp is located off U.S. 84, 7 miles southwest of Mexia.
 
Birding - Texas Prairies and Pineywoods west Birding Wildlife Trail:
Big Woods Loop: Palestine, Tennessee Colony, Cayuga, Kerens, Corsicana, Ennis, Bardwell, Athens, Fairfield, Mexia, Teague, Groesbeck, Marquez, Centerville, Leona
Texas Bird Checklist with Photos
Freestone County Bird Checklist with Photos
Limestone County Bird Checklist with Photos
Navarro Mills Lake Bird Checklist, Corsicana
Gus Engeling WMA Bird Checklist, Palestine
 
Fishing Lake Mexia:
Predominant fish species include largemouth bass, white bass, crappie, and channel and blue catfish. Lake maps are not available. Current Survey Report  Lake Records    Stocking History
 
ShareLunker Program, Largemouth Bass:
The ShareLunker program began in 1986 as a way to improve Texas’ largemouth bass population by selectively breeding trophy fish. It is limited to largemouth bass weighing 13 pounds or more. Fish must be weighted on certified or legal for trade scales. Possession of the live fish must be transferred to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department representative within 12 hours after capture. Since the program’s inception, more than 400 largemouth bass have been donated from 55 public reservoirs and more than a dozen private lakes. As the program grew it became apparent that a new fish hatchery that was specifically tailored to the program was needed. Specifications called for the facility to be built within 50 miles of Lake Fork, because the majority of big fish are caught there. In 1998 the Edwin L. Cox, Jr., Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, Texas was completed. Call (903) 681-0550. 24 hour pager: 1-888-784-0600. Rules for Certified Hand Held Scales