Lake Conroe Information:
The 20,118 surface acre Lake Conroe is located east of Montgomery, and 7 miles northwest of the City of Conroe, Texas. It was built as a joint project of the Texas Water Development Board, the San Jacinto River Authority, and the City of Houston as a water source for the City of Houston. Lake Conroe was impounded in 1973 on the West Fork of the San Jacinto River. This 21 mile long lake is 6 miles wide at its widest point, and has 157 miles of shoreline. The average depth is 20 feet though some areas are over 65 feet deep. The lake is exclusively operated by the San Jacinto River Authority though only one-third of the lake is owned by the SJRA. The other two-thirds of the lake are owned by the City of Houston. Lake Conroe is a major recreation area. The northern portion of the lake is in the Sam Houston National Forest.
Lake Conroe Area Map
Current Lake Conroe Level
Current Lake Conroe and San Jacinto River Conditions
Lake Conroe TPWD Public Access Facilities
San Jacinto River:
The San Jacinto River rises at the San Jacinto Dam on the southern rim of Lake Houston and flows southeast for 28 miles to its mouth on Galveston Bay. Both Lake Houston and the river are formed by the confluence of the 69 mile long East Fork and the 90 mile long West Fork of the San Jacinto River. Lake Conroe is formed by the impoundment of the West Fork of the San Jacinto River. The Houston Ship Channel
, built in 1914 to link the Port of Houston with Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, runs through Buffalo Bayou and the lower portion of the San Jacinto River. The river proper is navigable for approximately twenty miles above its mouth. Commercial shipping traffic in the main channel renders it unsuitable for recreational purposes, but the nine-mile-long Lake Houston, a multiple-use reservoir constructed in 1953, is a major recreational facility. The river is best known as the site of the Battle of San Jacinto
, at which, on April 21, 1836, Texan forces led by Sam Houston
defeated the Mexican Army under the command of Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna
, thus securing Texas's independence. The San Jacinto Battleground State Historical Park is located on the south bank of Buffalo Bayou near its mouth on the river.
Harbour Town Lighthouse, 1977, Willis:
This private lighthouse was damaged by a tornado in 1999 and was rebuilt with the help of the Lake Conroe Lighthouse Association. The lighthouse is located in a central point on the lake and is used by individual navigators. It is located at the Harbour Town residential development at 2025 Lakewood Court, Wallis. (936) 856-4378. The Landing at Seven Coves Marina is located nearby.
Sam Houston National Forest Information:
The entire 161,508 acre Sam Houston Forest is a Wildlife Management Area. 47,609 acres are in Montgomery County, 59,746 acres are in San Jacinto County, and 54,153 acres are in Walker County. The forest is located 50 miles north of Houston between Huntsville, Conroe, Cleveland and Richards, Texas. Evergreen, New Waverly, and Phelps, Texas are located near the forest’s recreation facilities. The Sam Houston National Forest is managed under the multiple-use concept of programs which include recreation, fish and wildlife, timber, grazing, soil and water, and minerals. All programs are planned to maintain a balance among the benefits, yet provide for public needs. Forest Service objectives, by law, must consider all resources of the forest and no single resource can be emphasized to the detriment of others. Activities include hunting, fishing, birding, camping, OHV riding, hiking and biking, and picnicking. The entire forest is managed as a Wildlife Management Area by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Not all lands located within the forest boundaries on a map are public land; some of the land is private property. The boundaries between public land and private property are marked with signs and red paint. Entry signs are placed on major roads to indicate the road is entering a national forest. Huntsville State Park and the northern portion of Lake Conroe are located within the forest. The forest service district manager’s office is located 3 miles west of New Waverly on FM 1375. Sam HoustonNationalForest Facilities Map
Sam Houston Wildlife Management Area Information:
The entire 161,508 acre Sam Houston Forest is a Wildlife Management Area. 47,609 acres are in Montgomery County, 59,746 acres are in San Jacinto County, and 54,153 acres are in Walker County. The WMA is operated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department under a Memorandum of Agreement with the U.S. Forest Service. Fishing, trapping, and public hunting of white-tailed deer, feral hog, waterfowl, dove, other migratory game birds, squirrel, quail, rabbits, hares, predators, furbearers, and frogs is permitted. A bird checklist is available at the headquarters. Other outdoor activities include camping, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding and wildlife viewing. Designated primitive and developed campsites are available. Equestrian amenities include pens and designated campsites. All horses must have proof of a negative Coggins Test. Some restrooms and campsites are ADA compliant.
Bring your own drinking water and mosquito repellant. The WMA is open year round, with some restrictions during hunting season. Huntsville State Park and the northern portion of Lake Conroe are in the national forest. From New Waverly take FM 1375 west three miles to Sam Houston National Forest Ranger Station.