Bandera, Medina
Hill Country
Medina Lake
Medina Lake Information:
The 5,475 surface acre Lake Medina is 18 miles long, and 3 miles wide at its widest point. It has 113 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 152 feet. The lake is operated by the Bexar/Medina/Atascosa County Agricultural District. It was impounded in 1913 to provide irrigation water for local agricultural use in Medina County and southeastern Bandera County. It is located in Mico, Texas, 40 miles northwest of San Antonio. Medina Dam is located at the lake’s south end. At the time of its construction, it was the largest concrete dam and the fourth largest dam in the U.S. A smaller dam located approximately 4 miles downstream from the main dam creates Diversion Lake, a storage lake from which discharges are made to the canal system. Diversion Lake is closed to the public. Communities located on the shores of Lake Medina include Mico, Lakehills, and Lake Medina Shores. The lake is located on FM 1283, approximately 10 miles southeast of Bandera, Texas. Current Lake Level  TPWD Public Access Facilities Map   
Medina River:
The Medina River’s north and west prongs originate from springs located in the Edwards Plateau in northwest Bandera County and converge near Medina, Texas to form the river proper. The river then flows southeast for 116 miles to its mouth on the San Antonio River in south Bexar County. The first European to view the river was Alonso De León, governor of Coahuila, who led his expedition across Texas in 1689 in pursuit of the French. De León noted in his diary that he named the stream for Pedro Medina, the early Spanish engineer whose navigation tables he was using in mapping his route through the wilderness. For a time the Medina River was considered the official boundary between Texas and Coahuila; maps showed the river flowing to the Gulf of Mexico, with the San Antonio River labeled as a tributary. Later the designations were reversed, and, along with Cibolo Creek, the Medina has been regarded as a tributary of the San Antonio River. Towns on or near the river include Castroville, Bandera, Mountain Valley, Natalia, Macdona, Riomedina, Somerset, and others. Fish Stocking History
Bandera County Park & Boat Ramp:
Bandera County Park amenities include picnic areas, a swimming area, restrooms and a playground. The concrete boat ramp is usable at most lake levels. Boats may also launch from a gravel ramp. The boat ramp is open 24 hours daily. The park is open daily, 8am-8pm, June through August. From September through May it is open Saturdays and Sundays only. An entrance fee and a $5 boat launch fee apply. (830) 460-1654. Bandera County Park is located on the north shore of the lake on Plum Creek Cove at the end of Park Road 37 in Lakehills.
Joe's Place Marina, Scuba Diving & Resort, Mico:
Amenities include cabin rentals, a sandy beach, picnic sites, a volleyball court, 3 horseshoe pits, a playground, restrooms with hot showers, boat rentals, 36 covered boat slips, moorings, jet ski docking, a gas dock, two boat ramps, free dry trailer storage, and a ships store selling wood, bait and other items. Amenities at the 9 RV sites include electric and water hookups, and picnic tables; a dump station is located nearby. Fire rings and BBQ grills may be checked out from the office. The 12 primitive tent campsites feature pads, picnic tables, a BBQ grill and a rock fire ring. Scuba diving area amenities include a diving platform located in 25 feet of water, and mapped and tagged underwater dive sites. Only long term RV patrons may bring in pets. Open Wed-Sun, 8am-dark, except Fri-Sat dock fishing to 10pm. Open Mondays and Tuesdays only during holidays. Entry and vehicle fees apply. Annual fishing passes are available. (830) 612-3775. Joe’s Place is located at 200 CR 2620, Mico, Texas 78056. Directions Map  Facilities Map  Underwater Dive Map    
Red Cove Boat Ramp:
A small launch fee applies. (830) 612-2715. The boat ramp is located at 255 CR 2611.
Pop's Place:
Amenities include restrooms, fish cleaning stations, parking, a 2 lane concrete boat ramp, picnic sites, campsites and a store. Open year round. A boat launch fee applies. (830) 535-4366. This venue is located at 1620 Alamo Beach Road between Pipe Creek and Lakehills off FM 1283.
Paradise Watersports Jet Ski & Boat Rentals:
(210) 379-6133. 12241 Park Road 37, Lakehills, TX 78063. Email
Porky's Texas Spirits Saloon & Dance Hall, Rio Medina, TX:
The front bar is housed in a 1945 gas station; the Mayflower Dance Hall was added in the 1990s. A later remodeling job increased the size of the front bar, and added A/C and heat to the back bar and dance hall. On beautiful days, the swing-up windows are opened. Amenities include a juke box, pool tables, Friday night live music, and Saturday karaoke. Open Mon-Wed, 3pm-2am; Thu, 3pm-2:15am; Fri-Sun, 12pm-2am. (830) 538-2300. 3940 FM 471 North, Rio Medina, Texas. From Castroville take FM 471 north to Rio Medina. Rio Medina Texas Map; Click to Enlarge  Rio Medina Area Map
Rio Medina General Store, Early 1900s, Rio Medina, TX:
The store was established as the San Geronimo Store in the early 1900s; it has been in continuous operation ever since it’s opening. In 1908 the name was changed to Rio Medina when the U.S. post office was established in the store. The store is still the social center of the Rio Medina community. The store sells fresh and dry Alsatian sausage and parisa (made locally), homemade sandwiches, cold old-time sodas, hardware, farm and ranch supplies, antiques and collectibles, and still serves as the post office. Generally open Mon-Sat, 11am-4pm, but call first. (830) 538-2441. The store is located at 3980 FM 471 North in Rio Medina, Texas. Rio Medina is located at the intersection of FM 2676 and FM 471, 22.8 miles northeast of Hondo, 7 miles north of Castroville, and 10 miles southeast of Mico, Texas. Rio Medina Texas Map; Click to Enlarge  Rio Medina Area Map
Lake Information:
Medina Lake Location Map
Current Medina Lake Level 
Medina Lake TPWD Public Access Facilities Map
Medina Loop: Lakehills, Riomedina, Castroville
Texas Bird Checklist with Photos
Bird Checklist for the Edwards Plateau; Central Texas
Medina County Bird Checklist with Photos
Medina River Bird Checklist
Lost Maples SNA Bird Checklist, Vanderpool
Fishing Medina Lake:
Lake maps are unavailable. Common fish species include largemouth bass, white and hybrid striped bass, channel, blue and flathead catfish. Current Lake Level  Current Survey Report  Current Fishing Report  Lake Records  Fish 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