O.H. Ivie Reservoir
O.H. Ivie Reservoir Information:
Originally called Stacy Reservoir, the 19,149 surface acre O.H. Ivie Reservoir was impounded on the Colorado River in 1990. It has a maximum depth of 119 feet. The dam is located 16 miles below the confluence of the Concho and Colorado Rivers. CRMWD operates three lake parks including Concho Park on the south shore, Kennedy Park near the dam, and Padgitt Park on the north shore. Abundant wildlife may be found lakeside, and spring brings beautiful bluebonnets and other wildflowers. Large numbers of bass, catfish and walleyes makes this lake very popular with fishermen. The lake hosts Day, annual or senior lake access permits
are required. Check the Lake Rules & Regulations
for information regarding lots, boating, hunting, and private docks. The lake is located 21 miles northeast of Paint Rock, 34 miles southwest of Coleman and 25 miles southeast of Ballinger, Texas.
O.H. Ivie Reservoir Location Map
Current O.H. Ivie Lake Level
TPWD Public Access Facilities Map
Permian Basin Oilmen’s Association Bass Invitational Fishing Tournament on Lake Amistad, April:
This is open to those whose primary annual income is derived from the exploration and production of oil and gas or from oil field services. The tournament is held at Lake Amistad near Del Rio. Proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. P.O. Box 51910, Midland, Texas 79710. Email Facebook
O.H. Ivie Wildlife Management Areas:
The Riverside WMA, Giesecke WMA, and the Talpa WMA are located near or contiguous with the O.H. Ivie Reservoir. The Riverside WMA is open March through September for non-consumptive uses, such as hiking, birding, photography, and fishing. Access to the Riverside is via a walk-through gate. The Riverside and Talpa WMAs are open for hunting depending on game counts which are evaluated annually. The Giesecke WMA is only 400 acres and is not open for hunting or other activities. Non-consumptive usage requires a daily, annual or senior citizen recreation vehicle pass. Access to the WMAs is via a pedestrian gate. The WMAs have abundant wildlife and beautiful spring bluebonnets and other wild flowers.
The Colorado River is the largest of the rivers that exist wholly in Texas. The river rises in intermittent draws in northeastern Dawson County and flows generally southeastward for 600 miles before it bends to the east across southern Burnet County and continues its southeastern course across Travis, Bastrop, Payette, Colorado, Wharton, and Matagorda Counties to its mouth on Matagorda Bay near Palacios, Texas. Major towns on its route include Austin, Lamesa, Colorado City, Robert Lee, Ballinger, Paint Rock, Marble Falls, Bastrop, Smithville, La Grange, Columbus, Wharton, Bay City and Matagorda. Important reservoirs (lakes) on the Colorado include Lake J.B. Thomas, E.V. Spence Reservoir, Buchanan Lake, Inks Lake, Lake LBJ, Lake Marble Falls, Lake Travis, Lake Austin, and Lady Bird Lake (Town Lake) in Austin; the latter 7 lakes are known as the Highland Lakes. Early in the 19th
century the river’s slow current caused the formation of a raft, or a log jam, which gradually grew upstream so that the river was navigable in 1839 for only ten miles above its mouth. By 1858 the situation in Matagorda and Wharton counties had become so bad that the state appropriated funds for the construction of a new channel around the raft; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the channel in the mid-1800s, but it was not maintained so the raft filled it up. After the Civil War the Colorado ceased to be a factor in transportation. The delta that developed after removal of the log jam in 1925, reached across Matagorda Bay as far as Matagorda Peninsula by 1936. In 1936 a channel was dredged through the new delta from the Gulf of Mexico to the town of Matagorda, thus forcing the river to deposit its flotsam and sediment directly into the Gulf. With the removal of the raft, the seaport town of Matagorda gradually became landlocked. The present Caney Creek channel was the original channel of the Colorado River until approximately a thousand years ago. The Lower, Central, and Upper Colorado River Authorities are the three agencies that oversee the conservation of and use of the Colorado River. Colorado River Fish Stocking History
Kennedy Recreation Area & Elm Creek Village Marina:
Amenities include a concrete boat ramp, a courtesy dock, a fish cleaning station, a fish weighing scale a gas dock, a ships store, a restaurant, guide services, 18 RV sites with electric and water hookups, 12 RV sites with full hookups, a dump station, primitive camping, cabins, 30 motel rooms, guide services, picnic tables with BBQ grills, a group picnic pavilion, restrooms, and parking. Motel rooms feature a ceiling fam, A?C, tables and chairs, satellite TV, microwaves, and a mini fridge. Open year round; ramp and camping fees apply. CMWD: (432) 267-6341. Elm Creek Marina: (325) 357-4776. The park is in Voss, Texas on the southeast end of the lake off RR 1929 at 457 RR 10.
Concho Recreation Area & Marina:
Amenities include 4 boat ramps (at least one extends to the river bed), a courtesy dock, a fish cleaning station, a store selling live bait and other items, a restaurant, fish weighing station, a gas dock, picnic areas, restrooms, campsites, and motel rooms with satellite TV, microwaves, and a mini fridge. Open year round; ramp and camping fees apply. CMWD: (432) 267-6341. Concho Marina:(325) 357-4466.This area is mid-lake on the south shore of the lake near Millersview, 14 miles east of U.S. 83 on FM 2134, off RR 1929.
Padgitt Recreation Area:
Amenities include a concrete boat ramp, a courtesy dock, primitive and RV camping (no hookups), picnic tables with BBQ grills, and parking. Open year round; ramp and camping fees apply. CMWD: (432) 267-6341. This area is in Voss, Texas on the north shore of the lake, 10 miles south of U.S. 67 on FM 503.
Elm Creek Village & Grill in Kennedy Recreation Area:
Amenities include a convenience store, tackle shop, a short order grill, 30 motel rooms, 10 RV sites with full hookups, 10 RV sites with partial hookups and free Wi-Fi. (325) 357-4776. 457 RR 10, Voss, Texas. Email Voss Area Map
O.H. Ivie Reservoir Directions:
The lake is located on FM 2134 and FM 1929, just northeast of Paint Rock, southwest of Coleman, and southeast of Ballinger.